Celebrate Snug Harbor Couples Tribute: Valira and Mark

Hosting your special day at Celebrate at Snug Harbor on Staten Island, our premier wedding venue located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens. This lush 83-acre property boasts several gardens and two grand event spaces for a reception. Wherever your wedding takes you, our event managers will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.

Valira and Mark were married on October 17th, 2020 in a garden micro wedding celebration at Celebrate Snug Harbor. It was a very romantic, memorable day for all.

Why did you choose Celebrate Snug Harbor for your Wedding Day?

I fell in love with the Tuscan Garden the moment I saw it. I had never thought of where I wanted my wedding to be or what I wanted it to look like, but the moment I walked in the gate, I knew I wanted to have our wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor. We loved how close to home Celebrate Snug Harbor was for us. It would be easy for us to go back and visit whenever we wanted to remember our wedding day. It made sense for us to choose Celebrate Snug Harbor as our wedding venue so that traveling was made simple for family and friends.

Where on the grounds of Snug Harbor did your wedding take place?

Our ceremony was held in the breathtaking Tuscan Garden and officiated by my older cousin Dave’s wife who is a minister at our church. The Great Hall is where we held our extended cocktail reception.

Did you have a wedding planner or any DIY elements?

A few DIY’s were sprinkled throughout our wedding, like our wedding signs, including our welcome sign, the directional sign outside the Great Hall pointing guests to the reception, and table signs for drinks, cards & gifts, and the guestbook. I had the signs printed on unfinished canvas for a delicate look and cut each one into a pennant shape for added elegance and interest. At our welcome table, we displayed escort cards that corresponded with the seating chart that was also assembled by me. It was important for me to have each of my guests have something tangible that made them feel welcome besides a wedding favor.

What was your 1st Dance Song?

We walked in to our reception to the song “Trophy” by Future feat. Kanye. That’s all it was supposed to be though…we were supposed to be announced as the newlyweds and walk to our sweetheart table to the song. Instead, all our guests gathered around us and the DJ started hyping the crowd. We were on the spot and center of attention but in the best way possible. We still slow danced to the song “Nobody” by Brian McKnight after that.

Advice for future celebrate couples?

“The most important thing for us was to stay true to who we are. I had never attended a wedding and Mark had only attended one or two before ours so we had little to go off of as far as experience. This helped us focus on what we wanted our special day to feel like and what was important to include or not.”

“We knew having a videographer and photographer were top priorities as we wanted a great photo album and wedding video to share with our children one day. Another important feature of our curated wedding were all the young, black vendors we hired, including our photographers, videographers, dj, and strings player. Having black representation on our special day was another secret ingredient to the overall vibe. Due to the pandemic, we had to switch gears and have a micro wedding of 40 guests instead of the 110 guests we initially projected, but it was a blessing in disguise. Our micro wedding was so intimate, cozy, and fun! We were truly able to celebrate with everyone there.”

We are so lucky to have delightful couples like Valira and Mark to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A special thank you to ODHO Productions who was on hand to capture every moment of this special wedding.

TD

Vendors:

Wedding dress: Asos Bridal

Florist: Flowers by Bernard email: flowersbybernard@aol.com instagram: @flowersbybernard

Cake: Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe email: alfonsosvictory@gmail.com instagram: @alfonsosvictory

Invitations: etsy.com Pipkin Paper Company

DJ: DJ Smoovem @iamdjsmoove Smoove Sound Entertainment

Violinist: Priya DeBerry email: priya.deberry95@gmail.com

Photographer: Odho Productions http://www.odhoproductions.com instagram: @odhoproductions

Videographer: Picture Paradise http://www.mypictureparadise.com

bridesmaids dresses: White by Vera Wang

Grooms tux: custom tailored

Groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang

Hair: Tyra’s Hair Experience email: tyrashairexperience@gmail.com instagram: @tyrashairexperience

Makeup: Bdash Artistry Email: info@bdashmakeup.com instagram: @bdash_mua

Our team of Event Designers works closely with clients to design and produce “one of a kind” events. Celebrate is the perfect location to get married or host an engagement party, birthday party, anniversary or baby shower. Snug Harbor’s expansive grounds are an ideal setting for entertaining large groups of corporate clients for summer outings, barbecues, team building activities, concerts and picnics.

Explore all this urban oasis has to offer for your wedding, corporate or social occasion. Celebrate is conveniently located on Staten Island, a quick ferry ride from lower Manhattan as well as a short drive from Brooklyn and Queens. The property has ample parking and is close to several hotels, local museums and galleries. Operated by Relish Catering + Hospitality

718-442-2700 email: events@celebrate-snug.com www.celebrate-snug.com

Couples Tribute: Masha & Kevin

Masha and Kevin were married on August 29th, 2020 in an outdoor wedding celebration at Celebrate Snug Harbor. It was a very romantic, memorable day for all.

Why did you pick Snug Harbor for your wedding, was there any special reason?

We picked Celebrate Snug Harbor for our wedding venue for many reasons. Growing up I have fond memories of going to the art lab and walking around the grounds with my mom. Furthermore, my husband and I had gone on many dates at Snug Harbor. There was one moment when we actually walked around the field over by The Tented Pavilion, and I am pretty sure that’s where I first realized he was the one. The one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. It was very special to get married there, in that exact same spot.

Where on the grounds of Snug Harbor did your wedding take place?

We had our wedding ceremony in the Tuscan Garden followed by our wedding reception in the Tented Pavilion.

Did you have a wedding planner or any DIY elements?

We did not use a wedding planner, but we were very fortunate enough to have my mom Victoria assist with all the wedding details and planning.

Did you have a certain wedding theme or color scheme?

We went with a garden theme for our wedding. Our beautiful flowers were done by InFlowers. We went with a color scheme of blush, grey and eucalyptus. Each guests recieved succulents for their favor.

What was your 1st Dance Song?

For our 1st dance we picked Dustin Kensrue’s song Of Crows and Crowns. Kevin sent me this song when we were dating and I absolutely loved it.

Advice for future celebrate couples?

“Celebrate Snug Harbor is beyond a beautiful venue and the team made all my wedding dreams come true. John was the most supportive coordinator and was an absolute pleasure to work with. My day of bridal attendant was my hero! When my dress was too long for the first and the father daughter dance she was able to fix it on the spot so I wouldn’t be tripping over my own feet. Aside from the most beautiful grounds, Snug harbor provides a unique experience for the wedding guests allowing them to explore and be inspired by the space.”

We are so lucky to have delightful couples like Masha and Kevin to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A special thank you to Julian Ribinik Photography who was on hand to capture every moment of this special wedding.

Wedding Vendors

Douglas Genuard (MC and band)

Inflowers (florist)

Julian and Evgenia Ribinik (photos)

Ray Estrada and Sharrone Calafiore (video)

Lotus Bridal (wedding dress)

Bridal Styles Boutique (clip and veil)

Couples Tribute: Jackie & Steven

Photo/videographer: ytk photography

Dj: Dave Leonard productions

Florist: Erin from Rosery flower shop

Hair/makeup: samantha Carly for makeup,

hair: Samantha Setteducato

Dress: candis by millanova hair piece and veil: Bridal styles boutique

Tux: suit supply

Veil Styles

Adding a veil or headpiece is a great finishing touch to the bridal look. There are so many gorgeous styles that whether you choose a bird cage, cathedral, tiara or fascinator, you can’t go wrong! We’re highlighting some of our favorite veils from our Celebrate Snug Harbor Brides!

The layers of this veil blend beautifully with the layers in the gown.

Photo: Studio A Images

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Show off the delicate lace of your veil in the Allee of Snug Harbor!

Photo: Philip Siciliano

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We love the lace trim on this veil and how it stands out in the Bamboo Garden of Snug Harbor. Perfect for a reveal!

Photo: Chris Palladino

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A cathedral veil is just stunning in this Tuscan Garden ceremony.

Photo: Stephanie Parsley Photography

SPP TG Bridal Veil

Another cathedral veil favorite in our Bridal Suite.

Photo: Philip Siciliano

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This headpiece and detachable cape/veil combo is everything we hoped it would be. Breath-taking!

Photo: The Oluwaseye

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One of our all time favorites, this beautiful pink and white headpiece!

Photo: 1314 Studio

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Like we said, you really can’t go wrong with the finishing touches to your bridal look. Just make sure you have a gorgeous backdrop to flaunt it in!

Wedding Photos You’ll Love

For your wedding day photos, you’ll want to make sure you capture the most incredible moments of your big day. While you may want to just ask your photographer to try and capture the magic of each moment of the day, it’s much more beneficial to plan out the photos you want to have on your wedding day so you can enjoy your big day with your new spouse.

While photos of you and your bridal party are important, consider the tiny aspects of your wedding day that make it so special. For instance, your place setting that you spent so much time planning for, the cake topper you took so long to carefully choose, and not to mention, beautiful photos of the scenery in the venue you spent so much time dreaming about! Did we forget to add candid wedding shots? Those are a must! The featured photos highlight a few magical moments that took place at Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

Intricate Details:

The intricate details of the wedding day deserve their moment to shine. After all, you spent so much time choosing the perfect finishing touches, you should ask your photographer to highlight them before the day is over. The featured photos showcase table settings, cake toppers, and centerpiece that were set up in the Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

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Photo credit: Dreamlife Photography

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Photo credit: Studio A Images

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Photo credit: Dreamlife Photography

 

Venue Scenery:

Venue scenery is so important. At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of photo opportunities and that can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead. Fortunately, your photographer and Celebrate’s team of Event Designers can help you plan out where and when to take the best photos. The featured photos below highlight the beauty of the Tuscan Garden, the stunning architecture of the Chinese Garden, as well as the breathtaking hornbeam tree tunnel. These stunning backgrounds help accentuate the beauty of the day!

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Photo credit: Dreamlife Photography

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Photo credit: Michael Dempsey Photography

Candid Moments:

The featured photos below capture the excitement and of both a bride and her family on their wedding day. The first photo highlights the thrill of the bride’s parents. How sweet! The second photo shows that not all pictures need to have the bride and her groom facing forward. Sometimes the beautiful moments are when the bride and groom think no one is looking. The third photo highlights a beautiful moment of the bride and groom enjoying themselves during their reception in the Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

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Photo credit: 1314 Studio Photography

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Photo credit: Funico Studio Photgraphy

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Photo credit: Studio A Images

It will be these types of photos that you and your partner will want to look back on and have in your memory box or wedding album. Our advice is for you to consult not only your wedding photographer, but the event planner of your wedding venue so that you can be best prepared for the photography on your wedding day!

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.

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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!

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