• The Ellis Island Wedding of Anthony and Jen – Sneak Peek

    We were so pleased to welcome Anthony and Jen, and their families and friends, to Ellis Island for this wonderful couple’s wedding. Anthony is the nephew of one of our top catering colleagues Robert Frungillo of Frungillo Catering ( www.frungillo.com ) and Robert shared with us some of the highlights of Anthony and Jen’s big day. “Frungillo Caterers does wedding all over the region, and with this wedding taking place on Ellis Island, we wanted to be in one of the most special places for our family,” says Robert Frungillo.

    “Our ancestors came through Ellis Island, so to be there knowing that our ancestors walked the same grounds that we were walking on and celebrating on, that’s very special. At Ellis Island, you get a lot of rich history and family connection, and you can also take in that view! We couldn’t have written a nicer day for the wedding, with a light breeze and calm waters.”​

    “We kept the food elegant and simple. For the cocktail party, we had 20 different hand-carried hors d’oeuvres, plus outdoor stations, and we helped the couple creates a signature drink – a Bay Breeze, done martini style and named ‘The Frungitini.’”

    We will have more details about this foodie-fabulous wedding soon!

  • Georgia and Joe’s Ellis Island Wedding

    There are so many things to love about Georgia and Joe’s Ellis Island wedding, we hardly know where to start! So we’ll let Georgia and Joe do all the talking about their September wedding here on Ellis Island, and why our landmark wedding venue in NYC means so much to them.

    {We thank Rich Ciro of Ciro Photography – cirophotography.com – for sending us these fabulous images! }

    Why you chose Ellis Island as your wedding location?

    There were three big reasons we chose Ellis Island: first, we had our hearts set on getting married by the water overlooking our beautiful city. We looked around at other places, but the views from Ellis of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty are absolutely unbeatable — there’s no other wedding venue like it. Second, the immigration link means a huge amount to us: we both come from immigrant families, and Georgia is immigrating from the UK to the US. It was lovely to make our wedding a celebration of that — we named our tables after branches of our family going back hundreds of years. Finally, we were really delighted to know that the money for our wedding venue was going to the National Park Service — a worthy cause we are proud to have supported.

    Was your ceremony on-island, and if so, what were some of your favorite details about your ceremony setting:

    Wedding Ceremony on Ellis Island We got married at sunset on the lawn at Ellis Island, facing the Statue of Liberty. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We had our cocktail hour on the same lawn facing Manhattan with the sky turning from pink to black. We kept things very simple because the backdrop was so amazing: just a few strings of amber lights with the trees up-lit. The full moon did a lot of the work!

    What were some standout menu items for your cocktail party?

    Even though people were all dressed up in black-tie, we wanted it to be informal — no fancy canapes on trays. We served oysters, thick-cut bacon in cups, and potato latkes with applesauce. That was it!

    Did you have a signature drink?

    Joe designed two for us — one in honour of London (where Georgia grew up) and one for New York. They were the “Gherkin Skyline,” made with a London gin, cucumber, lemon and basil (and named after a London skyscraper), and the “Native Manhattan” — made entirely of New York produced spirits.

    What were some standout menu items from your reception?

    We had our reception outside too — on the far lawn overlooking Manhattan. It was served family-style on long tables under a canopy of string lights — again, to keep things informal. Our main course was awesome: rib-eye steaks grilled right there outside by the tables, grilled lobster tails, fried chicken, fries and salads. Waiters came round with big platters, and everyone could have a bit of everything. (We couldn’t have been happier with the team at Great Performances, the caterer.)

    What was your cake flavor?

    No cake! We had three kinds of pie for dessert, plus ice cream.

    Did you incorporate any Ellis Island-themed items into your décor?

    We made a little program for guests to read on the way over on the ferry that contained a history of the island, and the words of Emma Lazarus’s famous poem that’s on the Statue of Liberty. Guests getting off the ferry were shown to the Registry Room to have a glass of champagne. Though all our wedding was outside, we wanted people to experience and learn about that incredible room. There were park rangers on hand to talk to guests about its history — those guys were brilliant all night!

    # of wedding guests: 180-ish

    What was your first dance song?

    Etta James, “A Sunday Kind of Love.” (Because we love Etta, and we got married on a Sunday!)

    Anything else you’d like to share your wedding celebration?

    It was just the most magical evening, and so much of that was because of the location. Having that island to ourselves and dancing the night away under the full moon in front of the most knock-out view of Manhattan — it was like a dream. Also, the ferry rides there and back are such a fun bonus — we hooked up an iPod and played New York-themed songs over the speakers. On the way back, there was a dance party on the top deck!

    Honestly, we don’t know why anyone would choose a bland event space or hotel ballroom over Ellis Island: we are convinced there is no more beautiful, unforgettable or meaningful place to get married in all of New York.

    Who designed your wedding gown?

    It was a vintage 1950s dress bought on Etsy!

    Visit the Photo Gallery of Georgia and Joe’s Ellis Island Wedding


    Photography: Rich Ciro ( cirophotography.com )

    Catering: Great Performances ( www.greatperformances.com )

    Lighting: Bestek Lighting and Staging ( www.bestek.com )

    Flowers: Kat Flower ( http://katflower.com )

    DJ: Ari Rosenfield of Beat Train Productions ( beattrainproductions.com )

    Furniture etc. rental: Party Rental ( www.partyrentalltd.com )

  • Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, Looks Wonderful in the Ellis Island Registry Room

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    When PANTONE® names its Color of the Year, brides and wedding coordinators everywhere fall in love with the newly-crowned hue. We’re excited to see the rich, luxurious shade of Marsala named as the PANTONE® Color of the Year for 2015, since we’ve seen similar berry shades used beautifully here at Ellis Island weddings, adding such depth and richness to a luxury wedding here in our landmark wedding venue.

    Here is another look at Molly and Steve’s Ellis Island wedding, planned by Loulie Walker Events ( http://louliewalkerevents.com ,) and shot so beautifully by Christian Oth Studios ( www.christianothstudio.com ,) and we thank them again for sharing the gorgeous details of this very special wedding.

    See the PANTONE® Gallery here.