• The Ellis Island Wedding of Kym and Ryan – Part 2

    We continue with Kym’s recollections of her Ellis Island wedding, designed by Marcy Blum and brought to life by some of the most talented NYC wedding experts in existence. Kym shares more of her favorite wedding details here, and we thank Michael Baca for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

    “Even before the big day, creating our paper suite was probably my most favorite element of the whole wedding planning process. We worked with an incredibly talented artist in Brooklyn, Courtney Jentzen of Swiss Cottage Designs . Working with the ladies of Swiss Cottage Designs on creating a custom, hand illustrated, hand water colored invitation suite was such a fun project. There was so much thought that went into each and every piece, and we pulled so much inspiration from Ellis Island – everything from the gorgeous ceiling (my favorite part of the Registry Room!), to the unique windows, and of course, the gorgeous Manhattan skyline view that drew us to the island in the first place. I LOVED how everything turned out (each proof literally took my breath away!), and we got so many compliments on our paper products from the “Save the Dates” to “Day Of” details.

    We asked Kym about her favorite wedding menu items, and her response brought us a smile: “Two words: SHORT RIBS. Chef Matthew of Great Performances is known for his short ribs, and they do not disappoint! As an entrée, we served a red wine braised short rib with purple sweet potato, carrot puree, leeks vinaigrette in a Périgourdine sauce. It was divine and everyone raved about it! (Of course we had a vegan, kosher and gluten-free option available for guests with dietary restrictions, as well).”

    “During the cocktail party, we had many passed hors d’oeuvres. I’m not a vegetarian, but for whatever reason, the veggie hors d’oeuvres were particular high notes for me. The Vegetable Sushi and Portobello Cannoli were my favorites.”

    For their wedding drinks, Kym shares how they personalized their wedding bar list: “I am a vodka drinker and Ryan is a craft beer aficionado, so we had a New York inspired vodka cocktail for me and a craft beer bar for Ryan.

    Here is the recipe for the Old New York Lemonade cocktail and a list of the beers that we had at the craft beer bar (including the fun descriptions Ryan put together himself!)

    OLDE NEW YORK LEMONADE

    1 cup Granulated Sugar | 1 cup Water | 1/2 cup thyme leaves | Vodka | Lemons

    To Make:

    Boil Water, Sugar, and Thyme Leaves for 10 minutes, making a Syrup. Let cool. Mix with 1 quart Water and 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice. Pour 2 oz. vodka in a highball with ice. Fill with Thyme Lemonade. Garnish with Lemon Wedge.

    Craft Beers:

    Big Wave – a smooth easy drinking golden ale with a hint of the Hawaiian tropics.

    Six Point Crisp – Brooklyn’s finest. A smooth, dry-hopped Pilsner with a kick of citrus.

    Cigar City Jai Alai – A heavily hopped Florida IPA that’s both bitter and fruity.

    Omission Lager – A beer that’s gluten free AND tastes good?!

    Shiner Black – a malty Texas lager that looks dark but drinks light.

    Modelo Especial – better than Bud Light.

    For their desserts, Kym says that neither she nor Ryan, are big cake fans, and since ice cream is her favorite dessert. “So we decided to forgo wedding cake for a seated, served dessert instead. Great Performances put together delicious individual Apple Crumble Pies with salted caramel ice cream. We also had butler served miniature desserts passed around the dance floor for a fun late-night treat. My favorites were the “Blueberry Effervescent Truffle pops” that had a rock candy exterior that snapped and popped in your mouth. Talk about a late-night surprise!”

    And finally, Kym says, “OUR BAND WAS AMAZING! ALL of our guests commented on how awesome the band was… We worked with Winston’s Crew from On the Move . We had a 14-piece band, and they were so much more than a “typical wedding band.” It was like being at a live concert!”

    You’ve probably been wondering who designed Kym’s stunning wedding gown in all of these spectacular photos: “My wedding dress was 2-piece Monique Lhuillier skirt and bustier from Mark Ingram . I changed into a short skirt for the reception (so that I could dance!), which was a custom skirt Mark Ingram created. I wore Jimmy Choo wedges down the aisle so that my heels wouldn’t poke into the grass, then changed into Stuart Weitzman heels for the reception.”

    After their dazzling Ellis Island wedding, Kym and Ryan honeymooned in Fiji and New Zealand. We wish this beautiful couple every happiness!

    Vendors List:

    Wedding Coordinator: Marcy Blum

    Photographer: Michael Baca

    Videographer: Elysium Productions

    Floral designer: Stone Kelly

    Stationer: Swiss Cottage Designs

    Caterer: Great Performances

    Wedding band: On the Move

    Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier and Mark Ingram

    Wedding location: Ellis Island

    Kym and Ryan Ellis Island Wedding – via Flickr

  • The Ellis Island Wedding of Kym and Ryan – Part 1

    We are thrilled to share Kym and Ryan’s wedding day with you! Planned by the sensational Marcy Blum, this wedding was completely breathtaking, inspired by so many aspects of our Ellis Island landmark setting. We’re impressed, and we know you will be as well, with the details of this Manhattan couple’s September wedding day, enjoyed by their 220 guests.

    {We thank Michael Baca for sharing these gorgeous photos with us}

    When we asked why they chose Ellis Island for their wedding, Kym shared with us the following: “It’s funny… I guess most people would choose Ellis Island for their wedding venue because they have a long family history of ancestors entering the United States being processed through Ellis Island. However, originally being from Florida, water was an integral part of my childhood. My brother and I grew up going to the Florida beaches; we lived near many lakes and had a pool in our backyard. Anyone who knows me would have expected me to have a beach wedding. But New York City is Ryan and my “place.” Ryan fancies himself a photographer and loves taking pictures of New York buildings and the city skyline. So the 2 things we were looking for in a venue were: somehow incorporating water and skyline views of the city. Ellis Island exceeded our wildest dreams in both categories!”

    “Since both of our families live outside of the northeast, the majority of our guests were out-of-towners. We loved that we would be providing our guests with a real ‘historic New York experience’ through their visit to Ellis Island for our wedding. And through our many visits to the island before the wedding, we did learn that portions of both of our families were processed through Ellis Island!”

    We asked what inspired their wedding theme: “Given the venue and the fact that we had so many out-of-town guests, I certainly wanted a real New York City feeling to the wedding (but without being overt and cheesy). We really tried to draw on the historic elements of each of the rooms and keep it feeling natural. So color-wise, we stuck to natural hues – creams, grays and blush with silvers and gold accents to add a touch of sparkle, plus tons of plants/greenery.”

    “Rather than doing colorful lighting on the dance floor, we opted for warm amber hues that would highlight the gorgeous vaulted ceiling but not light it up in an unnatural way.”

    “To share some of the history of Ellis Island with our guests, we had them enter through the museum (rather than walking around to the outside ceremony) so they were able to take it all in. We decided to use the city as our backdrop rather than the flagpole side of the exterior because the view of the skyline was such a big reason we selected Ellis Island.”


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    This couple’s wedding design choices filled our landmark wedding venue and our grounds with so much beauty. Kym shares her favorite details: “We were incredibly lucky to work with the phenomenal team from Stone Kelly on florals and décor. Both Ryan and I were drawn to Jen and Marco from Stone Kelly because how much they hand construct for weddings. Rather than renting, Marco and his team actually built many of the installations we used to decorate and create intimate spaces in each location we used around Ellis Island. My favorite was the bar Stone Kelly built for us. It was a massive, rectangular bar covered in sage green cotton with panels of green moss and mirrors on the sides to capture the light and color off of the water. It created such visual interest.”

    “Stone Kelly also built birch panel walls that made “lounge areas” with natural rugs and couches to either side of the bar in the reception. SO many unique, custom, hand-built, personal touches throughout!”

    Vendors List:

    Wedding location: Ellis Island

    Wedding Coordinator: Marcy Blum

    Photographer: Michael Baca

    Videographer: Elysium Productions

    Floral designer: Stone Kelly

    Stationer: Swiss Cottage Designs

    Caterer: Great Performances

    Wedding band: On the Move

    Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier and Mark Ingram

  • An Outdoor Corporate Drinks & Desserts Party on Ellis Island

    Outdoor Corporate Party on Ellis Island NYC Heather Licata, Director of Special Events at Fourth Wall Events ( www.fourthwallevents.com ) shares some of the top details from this al fresco corporate party on Ellis Island: “The company wanted to reward these employees with an event that would be fun and festive, but also special. What would be more special then to have exclusive access to Ellis Island after-hours?”

    “Guests arrived via private dinner ferry service, and were greeted with an NYPD Bagpipe performance as they were disembarking onto Ellis Island.”

    “The entire event happened outside on the grounds of Ellis, as the museum was still closed to visitors due to Super Storm Sandy. Custom exhibits were made specifically for this event and placed strategically around the outside grounds of the island. Grounds of Ellis Island NYC

    Overall design and décor used was very in keeping with the overall theme of Ellis Island, so as to not risk the integrity of the living history and feel for the island. No matter what guests were doing during the event they would never forget where they were.

    “Both cocktails and dinner were served aboard the private ferries prior to guests’ arrival, and we arranged for the main bar and desserts to be presented within the flagpole area. Dessert dishes were all ‘grab-and-go buffet style, and additional accent food and beverage pieces were placed throughout the grounds.”

    As guests enjoyed the outdoor celebration’s food and beverages, as well as the themed displays, music was piped throughout the grounds, and guests were later treated to a surprise, Wow Factor fireworks display from river.

    If you are interested to learn more or plan your next corporate event – please contact us today.