Couples Tribute: Emily + John

00295After living and falling in love in NYC, Emily and John knew they were destined to get married in Manhattan but wanted a wedding venue that was away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

00566From the moment Emily and John visited Celebrate, they fell in love with the botanical gardens and historic cultural center. Hosting their ceremony in The Chinese Scholar Garden, was the perfect way to honor John’s heritage.

00654Between the beautiful outdoor ceremony, the photo ops around Snug Harbor, and the abundance of natural greenery, Emily and John created an elegant atmosphere with an earthy twist.

00489Because the couple chose an autumn wedding date, their outdoor ceremony was accented with burgundy, whites and the greens of nature, which looked gorgeous against the Chinese Scholar Garden and Tented Pavilion.

00799The couple wanted a day that was as relaxed and fun as their relationship.  They hired Louis Avanti owner and founder of AMG Events and Visuals as their day of coordinator.  Louis helped them bring their whimsical, natural, and elegant vibes together into a beautifully designed wedding.

00785Emily and John’s reception in the tented pavilion was a magical night, accented with a little sparkle, gold accents, lanterns, and lush florals.

00768.jpgTheir guests enjoyed watching them share their first dance to “What You Don’t Do” by Lianne Le Havas.

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Their reception continued into the night with a packed dance floor.  Friends created a fun video booth where their guests could record video messages to the bride and groom. Guests were gifted handmade origami rose favors, crafted by a dear friend. Guests were provided light sticks that could be used to write messages to add to their recording.

00765.jpgIf was evident that these two sure had a blast on their wedding night.  Every detail of Emily and John’s wedding was exceptionally and thoughtfully crafted by the couple and their planner.

46951280_1067087133465341_282053354186604544_oWe are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Emily and John to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thank you to Lina Jang, their photographer for sharing these gorgeous photos.

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Vendors

Cake: Palermo’s Bakery https://palermobakery.com/

DJ: Platinum Entertainment https://www.platwed.com/

Wedding Dress: Michelle Roth http://www.michelleroth.com/

Florist: Carrolls http://www.carrollsflorist.com/

Invitations/Save The Dates/signage/place/table markers: Sara Miller http://www.sarazievemiller.com/

Photographer: Lina Jang http://linajang.com/

Photo booth: TapSnap 1153 (https://tapsnap.net/tapsnap-1153/

String Quartet: Yelena Khaimova, khaimova.yelena@gmail.com)

Tux and Groomsmen attire: The Black Tux https://theblacktux.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Bridal Party Gowns

Choosing bridal party gowns can be a daunting task because you want every girl in your party to love their look. Martha Stewart Weddings is giving us some of our favorite suggestions for choosing gowns that can please all of your bridesmaids and make your wedding photos looks as stunning as you’d always hoped!

Beaded Beauties

Go for different dresses with one commonality: lovely beads and sparkles!

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Different Lengths

Consider going for the same color scheme, but dresses of different lengths.

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Lovely Lace

If your gown does not have lace, have your bridesmaids rock this beautiful material to mix up the texture in your bridal party look!

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Jumpsuits

Who says your party needs to wear dresses? Jumpsuits can look elegant and stylish!

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Same Color, Different Styles

Allow your bridal party to be in the same dye color, but different gown styles. Each bridesmaid can wear the style that best compliments their body type.

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At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of lush gardens to choose from, so you’re able to make just about any dress styles, patterns, and looks work for you for your big day! For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Winter Wedding Accessories

Winter weddings are a great opportunity to show off fun and festive ways to stay warm. We’re using inspiration from One Fab Day to highlight some of our favorite ways to cover up for a winter wedding.

Blazer:

Use a linen or cloth blazer to elevate your bridal look.

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Shawl:

Get matching shawls for your bridal party to keep your best friends warm!

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Retro Shawls:

Consider multiple styles of crochet shawls to add beautiful details to your bridal party look.

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Cape:

Who doesn’t love a cape? It’s always a gorgeous option for any gown.

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Formal Coat:

Consider a formal coat, such as a military style coat that has shoulder lapel details for an elegant twist.

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Winter weddings offer limitless options for style and detailing. It’s important that you look and feel fabulous throughout the night. For more inspiration on ways to enhance your winter wedding look, check out our Pinterest page!

Rings & Band Trends

It’s true what they say, diamonds are, and always will be a girl’s best friend. But sometimes a giant or bulky ring can get in the way. Don’t get us wrong, we love anything that sparkles, but we are also loving the new trend of minimalist engagement rings and wedding bands for the simple elegant look it provides. Not to mention the practicality! Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of WeddingWire:

Low Emerald Cut:

Check out this non-elevated emerald cut diamond ring with a thin wedding band to accommodate it. We also love that the emerald is sideways!

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Something Blue:

We love this solitaire blue diamond and yellow gold band. Just stunning!

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Eternity times infinity

We love this eternity band. The marquise diamonds make it look like an infinity band with bling all over!

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Rose Gold Dainty

We love the elegant look of a thin, rose gold band. Accompany it with a small diamond band beneath the engagement ring and you’ve got an elegant and chic ring finger!

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For more ideas for engagement rings and wedding bands, check out our Pinterest page!

Boutonnieres for Every Groom

When planning your wedding flowers, remember that the groom needs a finishing touch to his look! Traditionally, the groom would pin a flower from the bride’s bouquet. And while we love a tradition at Celebrate, we also love new trends. Here are some of our favorites from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Really Romantic:

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Makeup: Blue thistle, eucalyptus, and soft pink blooms.

Rustic & Seasonal:

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Makeup: Green-and-white bout, complete with exotic greens and a single cream flower.

Elegant & Regal:

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Makeup: A sprig of greens, an orchid, and a calla lily.

Soft & Subtle:

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Makeup: Wrapped in tuxedo black satin, an un-unopened peony and textured greens.

Textured Pop:

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Makeup: A speckled magenta bloom with surrounding greenery.

At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of lush gardens to choose from, so you’re able to have just about any floral combination you wish for your big day! For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens November 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. Snug Harbor has the ideal family friendly events for you for the month of November!

Newhouse After Dark: Sartoirial Stories: Fashion, Autobiography, and Staten Island

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Fashion is an integral aspect of our daily life practices and visual landscape. What we wear defines each experience we have; it is both a personal decision and a social marker. Historian Alexis Romano will lead a discussion and brief image-led lecture, followed by a workshop in which participants write their “fashion autobiography.” Focus will be given to their experience of dress on Staten Island and their experiences of Staten Island through dress.

Hemlock Theatre Co. Presents American Idiot!

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An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Staten Island Children’s Museum: Cool School Holiday- Veteran’s Day Observed

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Cool School Holiday – visit the Museum for FREE all day! Play in Big Games, build in Block Harbor or go on an adventure in our Great Explorations exhibit! NYC Public Schools are closed.

We The People: Black Indians in America: Photographs and Words of Fern Metcalf

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We the People: Black Indians in America is an exhibition of Fern Metcalf’s photography and storytelling which depicts the history and present-day life of Black Indians and Mardi Gras Indians living in today’s United States. That they still exist is testimony to their unending resilience in America.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival

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This holiday season, the first ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival is coming to Staten Island!  The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is the China National Tourist Office New York 2018 signature event, produced by New York Events & Entertainment (NEWYORKEE) and Haitian Culture, and co-sponsored by Empire Outlets and Snug Harbor.Under 3

Between November 28, 2018 and January 6, 2019, seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be illuminated by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Along with this, NEWYORKEE is partnering with a variety of holiday vendors to create an experience for guests of all ages.

The events you can attend are endless. Visit http://snug-harbor.org/ to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.

Winter Wedding Decor

The winter months can be the most romantic months of the year. Capture the magic of the season by incorporating some of these winter wedding details we love from Bridal Guide!

Tree-lined aisle decor

Perfect for a ballroom or indoor ceremony, elevate your aisle by adding white trees and candles.

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Pinecone Bouquet

Perfect for an indoor wedding or winter garden photos on Snug Harbor, add a few pine cones to your bouquet!

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Rustic Ring Bearer Pillow

These pinecones and greenery are the perfect way to incorporate a rustic touch to your ceremony.

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Chair Accents

Rather than add chair covers, include a touch of pine or a winter green to the back of your guest chairs.

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Mistletoe Cake

Who doesn’t love mistletoe? Why not make it the accent to your cake!

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At Celebrate Snug Harbor, you can include all of these winter wedding decorations and more. For more winter wedding inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Wedding Hors D’oeuvres by Relish Caterers

Next level hors d’oeuvres on your wedding day!

Elevate your cocktail hour with canapés that excite the senses.  One and two bite savory selections that taste as good as they look. Forget the puff pastry and try one of these gourmet delights created for Celebrate Snug Harbor.

Avocado toast: Avocado edamame toast bites, radish, ginger, dill, pink peppercorn dust

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Brussel Sprout: Brussels sprout fork, pancetta wrapped, dilled ranch dipping sauce

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Apples: Kohlrabi cone stuffed with empire state shaved apple, candied hazelnuts, mint, cider vinaigrette

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Chicken Parmesan: Chicken parmesan rotini bites, sundried tomato, basil

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Corn Muffin: Crab stuffed corn muffins, pepper jack cheese, chive aioli frosting

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For over fifteen years, Relish Caterers has been offering culinary innovation and impeccable service. Hosting your momentous occasion at Celebrate Snug Harbor means you’ll be working with an amazing team of event designers so that every bite is more delicious than the next.

 

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens October 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. Snug Harbor has the ideal family friendly events for you for the month of October!

Staten Island Children’s Museum: Con Edison Second Saturday Science! Braille for All!

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Braille may seem just a jumble of dots, but like any other code, is based on a logical system. Learn the “coding” of braille and create your own a braille name tag.

Compost 101

Compost 101

What is compost? How do I make it? Do I need a bin? Do I need worms? This workshop will introduce you to compost, how it’s made, and what to do with it when it’s done.

Newhouse After Dark: Beetlejuice + Halloween Dance Party

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Each month, enjoy the beauty of live art experiences in the oldest building on campus.

Get in the perfect Halloween mood with the classic hit film Beetlejuice–then rock out to a kickin’ Halloween Dance Party with DJ Channels and Winds in the historic Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.

Halloween Harbor

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Get your fill of trick-or-treating, spooky movies, arts & crafts, mad science, and a costume contest at this year’s Halloween Harbor! Tickets allow access to all activities, museums, and attractions for the entire day. Visit the ticketing link for more information and the schedule of events. Meet us in Shinbone Alley for a family-friendly, bone-rattling great time!

This event is a partnership among Art Lab, the Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum.

The events you can attend are endless. Visit http://snug-harbor.org/ to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.

 

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