Fall Centerpieces

Whether you’re having an indoor or outdoor wedding this fall, you have unlimited options when it comes to rustic fall centerpieces. Drawing inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings, we’re highlighting our favorite do’s for your fall centerpiece. From fall produce to colors and textures, you can’t go wrong for your autumn wedding.

Use seasonal fruit

The fall is an amazing time to use seasonal produce in more than just your menu. The top photo of the featured collage showcases soft greens and blush flowers surrounded by fall fruits like eggplants and apples. The bottom left photo infuses persimmons with the burgundy and orange leaves.The bottom right photo highlights the stylist’s use of artichokes, peaches and figs to surround the candles set up in the center of the table. Deliciously beautiful!

Fall Fruit Centerpiece Collage

Let color be your guide

Fall is an amazing time of year for foliage and deep colors. The left photo of the featured collage highlights the use of blush roses and deep red flowers to contrast one another, making them the focal point of the table. The top right photo uses varied purple hues with blush and green leaves to compliment one another. If you’re going for a simpler, yet elegant contrast, the bottom right photo uses single stem white flowers with smaller, darker, and grouped flowers for a variation of fall elements.

Color Contrast Collage Fall Centerpieces

Make it all about texture

Consider using varied textures to enhance the rustic tone of the fall season. The top left photo of the collage features soft flowers placed in a charming birch log. The top right photo uses just the flowers to vary in texture, with gentle pink flowers surrounded by velvet green leaves. The bottom left photo uses a rustic wooden box to hold grouped wildflowers in a mason jar. Another creative way to play with textures is to isolate them, as seen in the bottom right photo. This centerpiece keeps green leaves in one vase and orange blooms in a separate vase. By placing the candle and succulent in the center, each texture is able to stand out at this beautiful table.  

Textured Collage Centerpieces for Fall

It’s easy to get lost in the world of fall florals. Consult with your Event Designer and see which type of centerpiece best fits your wedding venue. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you can have both indoor and outdoor spaces to hit all of the fall elements for your special day!

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Happenings at the Harbor

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. If you’re looking to have family friendly and noteworthy experiences this coming fall, Snug Harbor has unique events for you. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the Autumn Moon Festival, Richmond County Orchestra, Opera Exposures, as well as a Fall Horticulture Walk through the gardens!

Autumn Moon Festival:

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Enjoy traditional Asian music and dance, storytelling, tours, demonstrations of martial arts and Tai Chi, food, lessons in Chinese calligraphy, and more at the annual Autumn Moon Festival. The Autumn Moon Festival spotlights Snug Harbor’s NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden and celebrates the seasonal harvest fest in East Asia, which dates back to at least 2000 B.C. Learn more about how to attend here! https://goo.gl/6oZyuo

The Richmond County Orchestra:

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The Richmond County Orchestra’s “From Russia with Love” theme marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution.  Music by Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto #1 will be featured, played by Staten Island’s own Dan Auerbach, as well Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Symphony #5.  Kids in attendance will enjoy a performance of music from Disney’s Fantasia, the Tetris theme, and “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

Opera Exposures:

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Opera Exposures will perform arias and duets from “La traviata,” Verdi’s opera based on the novel La Dame aux Camelias by Alexander Dumas. Learn more about how to attend here! https://goo.gl/oYgGQe
Fall Foliage Horticulture Walk:

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Wander the Snug Harbor campus when the fall colors are at their most beautiful.  The Fall Foliage Tour begins at the Carl Grillo Glasshouse and continues through the Pond Garden, ending in the NY Chinese Scholar’s garden. Learn more about how to attend here! https://goo.gl/eRwahi
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.

Wedding Shoes You’ll Love

It is so important to feel glamorous on your wedding day. Although your wedding gown is typically the main attraction, don’t forget that the shoes always make the look! For your wedding shoes, we recommend narrowing down your options by focusing on what matters most to you: going classic, making your shoes your something blue, or having a unique, yet elegant look with a flat shoe for your wedding day. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these stunning looks!

Going Classic

When choosing a classic look, make sure your shoes match the dress in terms of color and material. The left photo in the featured collage below showcases an open toe sandal from Betsy Johnson’s Blue collection, with jewels embellished on the open toe sandal. The top right photo is a Dolce & Gabbana closed-toe lace shoe with jewels at the tip. The bottom right shoe is a stunning classic satin toe pump by Jimmy Choo. Gorgeous for any bride looking to have a classic wedding look!

Classic Wedding Shoes

Your Something Blue

Don’t be afraid to have some fun with your wedding shoes. Instead of worrying about inserting your something blue in a hairpin or sewn in your dress, let your something blue pop on your feet! The featured collage highlights your options. The top left photo is a suede sandal by Pierre Hardy with gold hardware. The bottom left shoe is a satin mule by Attico with jewels on the front. The top right photo is a stunning satin flat by Manolo Blahnik with the jewel embellished upper. The bottom right photo is an open toe suede sandal with pearls and jewels cascading the heel and foot arch by Stuart Weitzman. There is no wrong shade of blue to make this look work!

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Elegant Flats

If you’re a bride who plans on dancing the night away, then consider a unique flat that says “bride!” The top photo featured in the collage is a collaboration by Keds & Kate Spade New York. This Champion Glitter Sneaker is all sparkles with satin laces to match the bridal look of the evening. You can also go for a lace flat, like the beautiful Valentino ballet flat with a gold studded cord. The bottom left photo is a pretty metallic sandal by Nicholas Kirkwood, with pearls around the edge of the small heel to match any bridal accessories.

Flats for Weddings

Your wedding shoes should not be a last minute purchase. This is the item that will make your wedding ensemble complete, so think about your style, color, heel, and material. Once you have the dress, your shoe options are unlimited so have fun with the selection process!

Couples Tribute: Maggy & Marcus

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When Marcus proposed to Maggy they made a large list of wedding venues that they found to be interesting. These two soon-to-be architects looked at everything from old houses to lofts to arboretums to Celebrate Snug Harbor.  After seeing three wedding venues in person it was on a cold December day that they stood in the Chinese Scholar Garden looked at each other and said, “I think we found it”. They set their wedding date for May 26th, 2017.

Maggy and Marcus picked Snug Harbor because they both love nature, and wanted to incorporate both of their cultures in small ways.  Maggy is also an artist and a lover of all things nature and watercolor. To them Celebrate Snug Harbor felt like it a hidden gem, without a worry of the big NYC crowds.  They truly felt like everything at Snug Harbor was the perfect backdrop for their wedding day.

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Maggy was a stunning Bride in a Sottero and Midgley dress from RK Bridal while her bridesmaids all wore different shades of blue gowns from Amsale and Lulu’s.

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Snug Harbor Wedding Photos

Snug Harbor Wedding Photos

Snug Harbor Wedding Photos

Marcus wore a navy suit from Alton Lane while his groomsmen wore dark gray suits from The Black Tux.

Snug Harbor Wedding Photos

Snug Harbor Wedding Photos

Their beautiful ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden followed by cocktail hour in the Chinese scholar’s garden.

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Maggy wanted to incorporate a lot of artsy things with DIY’s elements.  They went with mostly greens, pastels colors and gold accents.  With doing this they created a feel throughout their entire day as if you were in an English Artist’s garden.

The big project for both of us was building our arch from scratch which the florist decorated the day of, Marcus is pretty good with woodwork so it was great to infuse both of our talents in our wedding.  Having these projects over the span of our long 22-month long engagement was actually a ton of fun.

Their florist Wild Floral Designs did all the beautiful centerpieces, the large sweet heart table garland, and all other garlands, the arch the aisle decor.  All the personal flowers like bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, flowers for Maggy’s hair, and even a dog wreath for our husky ring bearer.

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Maggy herself designed their invitations, programs, seating chart, menus and the table numbers. She hand-painted their escort cards, painted the bar signs that featured their signature drinks, did the calligraphy wherever needed, painted the welcome sign and direction signs, made the watercolor paper flower backdrop (with help from friends and Marcus) Maggy even hand made her veil from scratch and painted it with acrylic and gold leaf instead of using lace.

 

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Maggy and Marcus had a beautiful wedding reception in the tented pavilion.  Their guests enjoyed watching them share their first dance to “Love is here to stay” by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

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At Celebrate Snug Harbor and we are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Maggy and Marcus to work it.  Their guests truly enjoyed their wedding day and the great music played by Rockin it Djs.

Congratulations to Maggy and Marcus, and a huge thanks to Le Image Inc. for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.

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Advice from our Bride  & Groom  – “During the last few days we were both so stressed that we went to a spa for a few hours, it was great to forget about everything for a little while and just enjoy the fact that we were getting married in a few days.”

The Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Le Image Inc.  http://www.leimageinc.com/

Videographer: Le Image Inc. http://www.leimageinc.com/

DJ: Rockin It DJ’s http://www.rockinitdjs.com/wordpress1/

Violinist: Chelsea Smith (from Hire Julliard performers) https://www.juilliard.edu/hire-performer

Florist: Wild Floral Designs https://www.wildfloraldesigns.com/

Dress: Sottero and Midgley from RK Bridal http://www.rkbridal.com/

Suit: Groom- Alton Lane http://www.altonlane.com/

Groomsmen- The Black Tux https://theblacktux.com/

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale https://amsale.com/bridesmaids and Lulu’s https://www.lulus.com/categories/2042_433/bridesmaid-dresses.html

Make up and hair: Warpaint International Beauty Agency https://www.warpaintinternational.com/

 

Wedding Favors You’ll Love

One of the most enjoyable parts of planning your wedding day, is finding or creating the perfect wedding favor gift for your guests to have as a memento of the day. Symbolizing your union can take many shapes and forms.  From edible favors that are sweet or savory. Favors that grow and blossom or favors that signify the season. 

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites from The Knot  for some clever inspiration for your wedding day favors!

Edible Favors

Everyone loves a treat they can eat on the way home or the next day. Consider gifting your guests some local honey, as seen on the left of the featured collage. Some other favorites could be a set of macaroons, baked to match your wedding color scheme, or a packaged set of s’mores. Who wouldn’t love that?

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Favors that Grow

The best part about a plant as your favor is that it leaves your guests with a lasting memory of your special day. A low maintenance, but gorgeous favor, could be a mini succulent. To make travels easy for your guests, consider giving them seeds of your favorite plant so that they can watch the love grow!

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Seasonal Favors

Everyone loves a little something to get them in the spirit of the season. With fall approaching, The Knot features some excellent inspiration. If you’re planning a fall wedding, a fan favorite for fall is always the caramel apple, as featured on the top right of the collage. You can also give a more adult favor, such as a mini wine bottle with an accent leaf around the cap. So cute! Don’t forget a favor that is adorable for guests of all ages, the mini pumpkin!

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The most important takeaway for selecting your wedding favors is that you are simple, elegant, and thoughtful. Your guests want to celebrate you and your marriage. The favor symbolizes your gratitude for doing that. Make it count and make it cute!

Corporate and Social Events at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

When planning a corporate or large scale social event, it is important to consider space, time of year, and who your caterer will be. You’ll want your employees or guests to enjoy the ambiance and meal so that your event is a success. Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers its clients a variety of locations on the 83-acre  Snug Harbor property, both indoors and outdoors so that your selected space can best fit the type of event and season.

Hosting a Corporate Lunch or Dinner

The featured collage displays the varied table settings in both the Great Hall and Gallery of Celebrate at Snug Harbor for a large corporate event. If you have a larger party, consider having small tables scattered throughout a grand room so that teams or groups can have smaller conversations. If you’re looking to host a smaller group, consider having a more intimate space with a U-shaped table so that all members of your team can engage in important conversations.

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While team building meetings can be accommodated at Celebrate, so can more lecture-based meetings. In the featured collage, the Great Hall is prepared to host a large scale group with a head table for the keynote speaker of the event.

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Hosting a Corporate Picnic or Gala Event

If you’re looking to host a less corporate and more philanthropic event, look no further than the Tuscan Garden of Celebrate at Snug Harbor. With formal water elements and a glass enclosed Lemon house, filled with olive and lemon trees, your guests can enjoy the outdoors and lush gardens of the property. The featured collage captures the magic of a recent Neptune Ball, in which guests were able to enjoy the gardens and a few hot air balloons!

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Catering at Celebrate

Part of what makes an event so successful is the quality of food being served. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor is operated by Relish Caterers + Event Planning, the staff are used to preparing elegant meals for large groups. The featured collage displays delicious edamame, smoked salmon galette, and fried chicken sliders that your guests or employees are able to enjoy a variety of options on the big day!

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Planning large scale events at Celebrate allows for you and/or your company to focus on the people attending your occasion. The Event Designers at Celebrate at Snug Harbor will work closely with you so that your event is truly one of a kind.

Inspiration for Shower Decor

A baby or bridal shower is a precious time in which a bride or mother-to-be share their excitement for their marriage or new bundle of joy with close loved ones. As a result, these events can be stressful if they aren’t planned out and executed properly. Aside from choosing invitations, activities, you want your shower to be aesthetically pleasing as well. A recent event at Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers some key styling inspiration that you can use for your next event.

Styled by Courtney Maggart, of Relish Caterers + Event Planners, this shower focused on keeping the table abundant with goodies, as well as making the focus of the decor the fabulous florals.

An Abundant Table:

You’ll want an attractive table as the statement piece of the main room of your shower. This table should be filled with beverages, snacks, as well as decorations. In the featured collage, you’ll notice that Courtney used tall flowers as the table’s backdrop, with smaller flowers between the chips, dip, and drink glasses. By scattering the items throughout the table, the varied shapes and textures give the guests of this event something fun to approach and pick at.

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Have a Color Scheme:

For this event, the main colors ranged from white to lavender florals with green leafing. These colors are scattered throughout the cake, flowers, and the accentuating tissue paper used as fillers. To enhance the rustic feel of the event, flowers and gift bags were placed in wicker woven baskets and antique oval glass domes. Very charming!

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See more inspiration on Celebrate’s Pinterest Page!

Insert Conversation Pieces:

When planning an event where not all guests may know one another, insert small pieces to help them begin a conversation. In the featured collage, you’ll notice a framed menu and framed paper instructing guests to fill out a name tag and grab a monogrammed bag, as seen in the upper right photo of the collage. Some small items that show your consideration of your guests will offer them an opportunity to share memories and stories about you!

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Showers, birthdays, or other momentous events are opportunities for you and your loved ones to spend some quality time together. For this reason, you’ll want to invest in a venue that will take care of the stressful elements for you, such as food, decor, and setup. The Event Designers at Celebrate at Snug Harbor are available to help you so that you can enjoy your event, rather than stress over the details. Learn more at celebrateatsnugharbor.com!

Creative Wedding Signage

Wedding signs are a great way to get creative and keep your guests up to date on what to pay attention to. You can place signage as a welcome for your guests, to give directions as to where the party is, or just use them to get a warm-hearted laugh from your wedding guests. Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides.com offer a charming selection of wedding signs to get inspired by!

Welcome signs:

1 Brides.com WElcome PaperLily Photography

This adorable wedding sign is on framed glass with gold markered to match the frame. The bits of greenery at the top compliment the garden setting. Just lovely!

Photo credit: Paperlily Photography

2 Brides Welcome Joseba Sandoval Photography

Creatively stationed on the stairs of this wedding venue, this wedding sign is written on an antique mirror, with roses and green leaves wrapping the frame. Stunning!

Photo credit: Joseba Sandoval Photography

Signs with Direction:

3. Brides Driftwood Directions Brandon Kidd Photography

This wedding sign is a lovely combination of different pieces of driftwood. Not only does it help guests see where the ceremony will be, but the nautical driftwood is just so appropriate for a beach wedding!

Photo credit: Brandon Kidd Photography

4. Brides Wood Board Paige Jones Photography

This wedding sign is a great way to enhance the rustic feature of this garden wedding. The information is also adorably entertaining!

Photo credit: Paige Jones Photography

Charming Signs:

5. Brides OneLove Photography Hymn

As if we didn’t already love a chalkboard sign! This sign captures the love of the couple by placing the Song of Solomon verse. Heart-warming!

Photo credit: One Love Photography

6. MSW Jen Fariello Photography Dog Sign

This wedding sign reminds us all that signs are a great way to incorporate a loved one into your ceremony!

Photo credit: Jen Fariello Photography

Signs at your wedding can be easy, fun, and an inexpensive way to add detail. If you are all set on your venue, you can choose frames, colors, and calligraphy to match the ambiance of your wedding. Wedding signage can be the elegant touch you and your bridal party work on to bond before your big day!

Catering Ideas for Your Next Event

If you’re looking to host an event that will wow your guests, you’ll need to invest in a caterer who can create meals that are unique and delicious. Relish Caterers offers some inspiration for your next corporate or private event with hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and desserts!

Hors D’oeuvres:

When greeting your guests with appetizers, you’ll want flavors and textures that will excite your guests for the rest of the meals to come at your event. Relish Caterers has so many different flavors and unique hors d’oeuvres, such as pretzel crusted shrimp, falafel sliders, beef carpaccio, and more!

Pretzel crusted gulf shrimp with cherry pepper cocktail sauce

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Petit falafel burger with tahini zatar spiced mayo and cucumber yogurt slaw

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Beef carpaccio with champignon, lemon, arugula and parmesan

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Spicy Korean chili chicken cone with radish, scallion and toasted sesame

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Main Courses:

Relish takes a new spin on salmon, chicken, pork, and beef with these delicious variations. No guest will want to resist the main courses below!

Slow roasted Norwegian salmon with buttered pea shoots and truffle mashed potatoes

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Roasted free range chicken with baby artichokes, basil and lemon caper sauce

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Seared pork chop with yukon potato galette, roasted peaches and poppy seed buttermilk vinaigrette

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Grilled beef tenderloin with sautéed mustard greens, roasted fingerlings, herb butter and jus

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Desserts:

Desserts are the last bit of flavor your guests leave with, so make sure you give them the sweetness and one-of-a-kind treats they’ve been craving all day or night!

Strawberry Shortcake is taken to a new level with these strawberries and cream on petit toasted shortcake.

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Blueberry peach cobbler with flaky crust and mint

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Petite key lime tart with toasted marshmallow

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When it comes to having a private or corporate event catered, consider a caterer that takes pride in culinary innovation, as well as impeccable service. See more that Relish Caterers has to offer at relishcaterers.com.

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