Couples Tribute: Alan Chan & Kawomi Ekanayaka

A pretty backdrop is a must for any wedding, and in Kawomi and Alan’s opinion they couldn’t think of a better and more beautiful place than Celebrate Snug Harbor to have their wedding reception.


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Snug Harbor is very special to them, it is where Alan took Kawomi on one of their very first dates and continued to bring her here for dates for the past 6 years.

Kawomi was a stunning bride in a backless Grace Loves Lace ivory gown. She carried a beautiful bouquet of pastel roses made by Designs By Ahn. Her groom Alan looked picture perfect in a navy-blue Calvin Klein suit with a pastel tie and a boutonniere made of pastel flowers to match Kawomi’s bouquet.


Snug Harbor Wedding

Snug Harbor was the perfect backdrop for their wedding photos.  Their photographer captured beautiful photos of the newly wed couple in our rose gardens and Chinese Scholar garden before enjoying their reception in the Great Hall.


Kawomi and Alan’s reception kicked off with a cocktail hour followed by the couple sharing their first dance to Stand by Me by Ben E. King.  The Bride and Groom planned everything themselves adding in many personal touches and elements to make their wedding picture perfect.   We loved that they had a photo book made of all their engagement photos for guests to leave sweet messages and wedding wishes in.


The tables were decorated with beautiful fresh flowers in an array of pastel colors with twinkling mercury glass tea light candles.  Each guest was treated to a little box of fresh macaroons from Made by Pauline in NYC at their seat.


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The evening continued with tons of dancing and guests taking photos in a photo booth using a Polaroid camera provided by the Bride and Groom.  They were even so kind as to provide a fun table for all the kids at their wedding so the parents could enjoy and dance a little bit more!


Advice from our Bride & Groom: “Do not hesitate to have your wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor.  It’s a beautiful place and has lots of photo opportunities. The staff was amazing to us throughout our entire planning process.”


Congratulations to Kawomi and Alan, and a huge thanks to Stephanie from Le Image Inc. for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!


The Wedding Team

Flowers- Designs By

Dress- Grace Loves Lace (Australia)

Shoes- Kate Spade

Groom’s Suit- Calvin Klein

Favors- Made By Pauline (Macarons)

Photography- Le Image

DJ- 74 Events

Cake- Madison Lee

Make up- Christina Caporicci (Chic Blowout Bar)

Hair- J.Lynn (Chic Blowout Bar)

Custom Signs – Everythingandmorexo (Gina Saraceno)

Cocktail music- Nina Bogomas (Harp) & Susan (Violin)

Snug Harbor Summer 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. If you’re looking to have family friendly and noteworthy experiences this summer, look no further than Snug Harbor. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the Boogie Woogie Wednesday, Turn & Learn: Compost in NYC, as well as a Horticulture Walk through the gardens!

July Children’s Events:

Each Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in July and August, the Staten Island Children’s Museum is open for free. Explore the exhibits for two hours followed by an interactive dance program, where dancers demonstrate a specific cultural dance and invite Museum visitors to learn new moves! Boogie Woogie Wednesday is an event supported by the Staten Island Delegation of the NYC Council and Dunkin Donuts. On July 12th, experience Belly Dancing, learn Irish Step Dancing on July 19th, and give Mexican Folk Dancing a try on July 26th!

Boogie Woogie Snug Harbor
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Turn & Learn About Compost:

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the NYC Compost Project demonstration site. Learn sustainable landscape management practices and help make compost. Admission is free and the event takes place the first Wednesday of each month, as well as the second and third Saturday’s of each month all between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This is a hands on learning event, so bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

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August Horticulture Garden Walks:

If you love gardens and history, you’ll love the Snug Harbor Horticulture Walks offered in the varied seasonal gardens. Offered throughout the seasons, you can enjoy learning about the history of each garden while walking through them! The featured photo captures the next Horticulture Walk scheduled for the summer: a Tropical Border Walk on August 3rd from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. In this walk, you’ll learn all about one of Snug Harbor’s most popular summer gardens: the Tropical Border at the Tribute Center.  There are amazing cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, and pineapple lily planted with tropical gingers, elephant ears, and angel trumpets.  You’ll get to explore the plants in flower with Greg Lord, Snug Harbor’s Director of Horticulture.

Tropical Walk
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No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable. To learn about more events offered, visit !

Wedding Arches You’ll Love

A beautiful wedding arch or canopy can add the touch of elegance that you’ve always wanted to your wedding ceremony.  There are different types of wedding arches that can express have both cultural and religious significance. Your arch can also take different shapes; it can be square or have a curve for aesthetic and décor purposes, too. By using flowers, fabrics, and different shapes, arches are a sure way to make the end of your aisle look fantastic.

Garden Arches:

The wedding arch is a must have for garden weddings. The collage below features wedding arches that have been placed in the Tuscan Garden of Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top photo features a wooden arch with hanging flowers at the corners, topped with a lace sheet to match the bride’s gown. The bottom left photo features a birch arch with moss embossed pottery holding the arch, as well as a tulle fabric draped over the top with cascading flowers and greenery. The bottom right photo features an arch wrapped entirely in white linen with two floral arrangements on each side, as well as extended accent leaves to highlight the lush greenery of the Tuscan Garden.

Garden Arches
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Curved Inspiration:

Not all arches need to have four pillars to hold it up. The featured collage includes inspiration for two-legged arches. The left photo includes an arch at the beginning of the aisle in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s Tuscan Garden. This arch is draped in a garden green linen, with floral clusters at the sides and top to match the cultural and religious significance for this couple. The top right photo shows another way creative way to decorate your arch, by allowing your favorite florals and greens to wrap the entire arch. The wild ungroomed look of the greenery allows for it to blend perfectly with scenic background. The middle right photo showcases an arch with a wooden arbor with linens, lace, and soft flowers to complete the look. The bottom right photo showcases a more groomed arch with greenery and a rose trellis wrapping around it. Lovely!

Floral Arches Collage
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Additional Floral Inspiration:

A great way to make your arch unforgettable is to make it fit in with your wedding venue. The top featured photo showcases a wedding arch in the Chinese Scholar Garden of Celebrate at Snug Harbor, where the arch is wrapped lightly in green leaves, which pair beautifully with the water feature and trees of the garden. The bottom left photo enhances the Art Gallery of Celebrate at Snug Harbor by using pink florals to compliment the blue and white paint of the gallery. The bottom right photo uses weaved wild wood, greenery, and floral clusters to accentuate the garden backdrop.

Third Wedding Arch Collage
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There’s no better touch to a wedding ceremony than a wedding arch. Remember that your ceremony is one of the most photographed moments of your wedding day. You’ll want to choose a venue that can accommodate the wedding arch of your dreams!

Couples Tribute: Michelle Montalvo Thomas Puma


Michelle and Tom both Staten Island Natives knew Celebrate-Snug Harbor was the best location for their wedding day.  Snug Harbor is where they spent countless hours walking their dogs and soaking in the true beauty and nature of this location.  Everything there was so meaningful for Michelle and Tom that it just made sense for them to get married in the Tuscan Gardens and have their reception follow in the Great Hall.


While planning their big day, the couple’s goal was to plan a wedding that was both timeless and elegant, but also organic and true to the nature of Snug Harbor. Both working in Design themselves, Michelle and Tom chose to have many DIY and creative details that added the perfect touch to their wedding.  After the ceremony guests tossed dried flowers that were wrapped in vintage music sheets in the air that had notes of lavender and hydrangea.





Their reception followed with twinkling lights over the dance floor, tables adorned with flowers, succulents as favors, and so much more.


During the reception guests were treated to a wedding cake decked with a T-Rex Bride and Groom Cake topper along with an ice-cream bar. The dance floor was packed all night long and guests enjoyed taking photos in the photo booth.  It was an amazing night filled with classic elegance, laughter and love.



Congratulations to Michelle and Tom, and a huge thanks to Eryc Perez de Tagle for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

The Wedding Team:

Photographer – Eryc Perez de Tagle

Florist- Sprig & Social

Hair- Hairbyfrankielynn

Makeup- makeupart_byalissa@instagram  alissa.mangiacapre@gmail

DJ – Sound explosion

Must Have Wedding Decor

There is an entire world of wedding decor out there and it can be pretty overwhelming to navigate. Your best option is to select a wedding venue that has a lot of the natural decor already in place. This way, you’ll be able to focus on just a few minor add-ons, rather than working from scratch. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of stunning scenery, which means most of the work is already done for you! Some great areas to focus your decorating skills on is ceiling decor, your wedding arch or canopy, and small personal touches.

Ceiling Decor:

A little update to a reception ceiling goes a long way. Often, couples choose to drape ceilings with fabric or florals. This is a great idea; however, if you’re celebrating in an already beautiful venue, you’ll want to enhance its features, not cover them up. Try adding bistro lighting to your reception ceiling to shine light on your guests and have a unique and elegant look. The featured photo captures bistro lighting draped in Celebrate at Snug Harbor’s tented pavilion, which is an indoor and outdoor location on the property so that you get the best of both worlds for your wedding reception. Another creative way to decorate a reception space is to use paper lanterns, to make the room pop with life!

Ceremonial Canopy:

It’s always a great idea to decorate your ceremony location. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers both indoor and outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies, you get to be creative with decor and your space. The featured collage highlights two outdoor ceremonies, where wooden canopies are draped and adorned with floral arrangements. The indoor ceremony in the Art Gallery shows a wooden canopy with flowers cascading the beams. Just lovely!

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Personal Touches:

While you should let your venue do most of the work when it comes to decor, every wedding should have a few small personal touches. The collage below showcases ways personal touches have been incorporated into weddings held at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. The top left photo has an antique key bottle opener greet their guests as they take their seats. The bottom left photo features a wooden cake topper, which matched the couple’s wooden canopy at their ceremony. Every sweetheart table should include a Mr. & Mrs. sign, as featured in the top right photo. The bottom right photo showcases adorable bride and groom tags for their drinks!

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It’s important to keep in mind that must have decor does not have to break the bank to be stunning. Your venue should do most of the work, which is why investing in a location that has limitless space and options is going to be key when determining what type of other decor you wish to add. Celebrate offers you these windows of opportunity to have fun with decor, but not stress out over it, since the grounds are already so elegant!

Unique Wedding Band Inspiration

The wedding band is the jewelry item that complements an engagement ring’s shape and style. But because the world of wedding bands is growing every day, opportunities to mix classic with trendy ring styles are endless. All the more reason to narrow your selection, buy in bulk, and keep your lifestyle in mind.

Narrowing your selection:

Where to begin? The choices vary from platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Not to mention, you can adorn your ring with any type of stone, diamond, or carving you wish. The collage below captures a single gold wedding band with diamonds embedded in alternating patterns of 3 diamonds at a time. To the top right, the platinum couples bands have the best of both words; brushed and shining platinum for the groom and brushed platinum with diamonds rounding the bottom of the band for the bride. The bottom right photo features a brushed gold band for the groom, with a carved and pave band for the bride.

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Buy in bulk:

It’s a good idea to have yours and your fiance’s wedding band preferences in mind when shopping. Buying both bands together could not only help you get a better deal with your jeweler, but it can also help you match your bands so that they go together in style. The unique bands below show just how creative couples have become. The photo on the right shows a hammered gold couples band, the photo on the top left shows a recording transcript of each couple’s vows, while the bottom left photo shows bands that share a rose gold band with varying middle elements. The groom’s rose gold ring sports a brushed platinum center, while the bride’s band is embedded with diamonds all around. Very unique!

Unique Bands Bulk Collage
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Keep your lifestyle in mind:

Your wedding ring is a band you and your spouse will wear daily. It needs to join your everyday life without a hitch. The top photo of the collage below features an art deco milgrain band, perfect for running every day errands and still having that sparkle a wedding should have. The bottom right photo of the collage features a pave band, perfect for using every day, while still having the unique touch of the curved tip. The photo on the bottom left of the collage features a matte brushed rose gold band. Brushed or matte bands are perfect for any lifestyle, because they allow for scratches to be less visible with the unique finish, but still have the elegant finish you want a band to have for years to come.

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Choosing a wedding band should be a fun process, and so enjoy mixing and matching trends with classic styles. The wedding band is a great way to show a little bit of yours and your fiance’s personalities!

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens Events to Attend

Snug Harbor, 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 summer, look no further than Snug Harbor. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the special performance event, Using Art to Envision the Future, as well as the Green Gallery Exhibition, and the New York Philharmonic free indoor concert at Snug Harbor’s Music Hall!

Family Workshops:

The Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc offers free art workshops for the family. On Saturday, June 17th from 1PM-3PM, you’ll be able to attend the art created by families as a way to envision the future.  Families worked together in a series of 3 workshops to create songs, movement, artwork, and puppetry to tell their vision of the future. Space is limited to attend this special event, so register using the link!

Lincoln Collage

The Green Gallery:

If you’re looking to experience an event that compliments the spectacular botanical gardens and heritage farm Snug Harbor offers, consider the Visual Arts’ Green Gallery. Sprout to Mouth, the latest exhibition of the Green Gallery, is an interactive, multimedia, farm-to-table exhibition designed to showcase the evolution of farming as well as the history behind the desire to rebuild the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm. You’ll be able to walk through this exhibition, while also learning how it follows the educational state standards adopted by New York City. You’ll even see a mock-kitchen that helps students and visitors witness the necessary tools needed to harvest, prepare, and sample fresh produce on site! Check out the link to learn more about how to attend this one-of-a-kind exhibition!


New York Philharmonic: Free Indoor Concert

The perfect Father’s Day experience, the New York Philharmonic is offering a free indoor concert on June 18th, from 3PM-4PM. Experience the virtuosity and passion of New York Philharmonic musicians playing chamber music masterpieces at a Free Indoor Concert, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, in Snug Harbor’s stunning Music Hall. The Free Indoor Concert complements the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. This is an experience you won’t want to miss! Find out how to register here:

New York Philharmonic

To learn more about all that Snug Harbor has to offer, visit their calendar to keep up with dates, times, and unique events for everyone in your family!

Couples Tribute: : Danielle Dapiran & Daniel Clark


Danielle and Danny are the perfect match.  Their fate aligned one day and they met on  Little did they know that one little click would begin their entire future.  Once their relationship progressed Danielle would travel to Staten Island from New Jersey to spend time with Danny.  Danny’s parent’s house was within walking distance to Snug Harbor so the two of them spent countless hours walking the grounds and enjoying getting to know one another.

After Danny proposed to Danielle they instantly knew Snug Harbor was the perfect location for their wedding.  It held a special place in Danielle and Danny’s heart, it was where they spent time getting to know each other and watching their relationship grow. While planning their wedding Danielle had Danny very much involved every step of the way.   They wanted to create a vintage floral theme with light pastels chosen as their color palette.

Danny and Danielle got married in the Tuscan Gardens on a beautiful day in April.  Latin guitarists from Columbia performed at cocktail hour followed by a DJ spinning tunes for their reception in the Great Hall.


Danielle and Danny shared their first dance to dancing to “Say You Won’t Let Go”  by James Arthur.


Beautiful flowers in shades of soft pinks, corals, purples and greens were used for centerpieces on every table. Custom menu cards adorned with a vintage key and a sweet note to all their guests were placed at every seat.  It was very evident all evening that guests enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful evening dancing and celebrating Danielle and Danny.

Advice from our bride Danielle – “ Realize this is your day, so do what makes you happy.”


Congratulations to Danielle and Danny, and a huge thanks to Peter Statkiewicz from Dream Life Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

Wedding Vendors

Photographer-  Peter Statkiewicz Dream Life Photography

T:917 388 2835 E-mail:

Flowers- Edel Weiss Floral

T: 718.488.9888 E-mail:

Wedding Dress- Kleinfeld Bridal, Make of Dress- Marissa

T: 646.633.4300

Tux Company – The Black Tux

Wedding Cake –Palermos Bakery

Phone number- 201-641-1654

T:718-986-8540 E-mail:

Bridesmaids Dresses – Bella Bridesmaid, Make of Dress- Jenny Yoo Annabelle (Lilac)

T: 732-308-2314 E-mail-



Small Plates & Hor D’Oeuvres for Your Wedding Day

Some wedding guests cannot get enough of a cocktail hour. It’s a great time to socialize and enjoy your wedding space. So when it comes to your menu, try to think about small plates and hor d’oeuvres that are diverse enough that your guests can each enjoy a bite or two. If you’re stuck on ideas, this is where an excellent caterer will know what to do. A general rule is to try and vary your options so that you offer a little bit of everything. Relish Caterers will guide you through every aspect of planning as well as creating spectacular wedding catering menus.

Inspired Hor D’Oeuvres:

Have fun with flavor when it comes to hors d’oeuvres! Allow there to be a mix of textures and flavors. The featured collage offers some flavor inspiration with a fried oyster in a bucket (top left), a honeydew gazpacho (top right), pretzel crusted shrimp (bottom left), and Asian beef tartar (bottom right).

Hor doeuvres vary in flavor
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Sliders offer a great opportunity to put a new twist on a classic favorite. Consider these Relish Caterers slider creations that are featured on the Celebrate at Snug Harbor menus.  A falafel burger (left), short rib in a cream puff bun (top right), fried chicken slider (middle right), and a truffle beef sirloin slider (bottom right). While you’re keeping the classic style of a burger, you are also offering a variety of flavors.

Sandwich Hor Doeuvres
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Small Plates:

If you’re looking to offer a bit more with your cocktail hour, consider offering your guests a few small plates. The featured photo captures a delicious burrata (left), steamed duck bao (top right), and tuna on a rice cracker (bottom right). Slightly larger in portion, a small plate is the perfect upgrade to your cocktail hour. Your guests that have traveled to come to your wedding will thank you, too!

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Hor d’oeuvres and small plates are meant to create an ambiance in which your guests become excited about what is to come in the rest of the night. Because the cocktail hour is a more laid back part of your wedding celebration, take risks and get creative with your food! See all that Relish can bring to life by visiting their website:

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