• #EdonEllis: Ed Sheeran Performs on Ellis Island

    Ed Sheeran performs on Ellis Island #EdonEllis #EdSheeranGMA

    As we join you in awaiting #EdSheeranGMA on Friday, we know he’s going to put on a great show. After all, he lit up the stage at #EdonEllis, his concert here at Ellis Island last summer, in a show presented by CBSRadio. {We thank Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Radio.com for sharing these images of Ed Sheeran’s concert with us}

    Ed Sheeran’s concert on Ellis Island thrilled the 300-400 fans who braved the rain to share in this one-of-a-kind concert as part of his “Multiply Days” appearances– a number of intimate performances in a single day – around the globe in anticipation of his album, x (pronounced ‘multiply’). “Ed On Ellis” was planned as the largest in a series of shows during “Multiply Day” in New York City and served as the conclusion to this thrilling extravaganza.

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    Fans attending “Ed On Ellis” took ferries to Ellis Island, taking in the sweeping views of the New York skyline and Lady Liberty, then got up close to Sheeran playing a variety of hits new and old, 10 days before the release of his new album x, which arrived on Monday, June 23 and was preceded by chart-topping lead single “Sing.”

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    Dozens of CBS Radio stations nationwide conducted contests and giveaways for fan to win tickets to this concert, and fans could also get tickets via Radio.com.

    Check out Radio.com’spost-concert report on the ‘5 Best Things That Happened at Ed on Ellis,’ ( http://radio.com/2014/06/14/ed-sheeran-ellis-island-best-moments ) including the following highlights:

    1. He played extra-long. Fans expected him to perform 8 songs, but he extended his playlist to include more of his hits and new releases.
    2. It was Ed Sheeran’s first visit to Ellis Island. Sheeran said that this was his first trip to historic Ellis Island. His green room was the entire second floor of the Ellis Island Museum, known as the Registry Room . From the stage, Sheeran told us that many of his family of Sheerans had arrived in this country through Ellis Island.
    3. He played his song from The Fault in Our Stars. His song “All the Stars” is a fan favorite.
    4. The rain cleared up for Ed. It may have been raining prior to the show, but the rain took a break during his concert.
    5. #EdonEllis ended with a surprise fireworks show. Fans who gathered on Ellis Island for Ed Sheeran’s concert were treated to a surprise ending: a 15-minute jaw-dropping fireworks show that started after Ed’s final song “Sing.”

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    To see more about Ed Sheeran’s fantastic concert here on Ellis Island, search for the Twitter tag #EdOnEllis and Ed Sheeran’s own Twitter handle @EdSheeran.

  • A Gorgeous Ron Ben-Israel Cake from an Ellis Island Wedding

    A Ron Ben-Israel wedding cake at a recent Ellis Island wedding

    We’re in awe of this Ron Ben-Israel wedding cake from last weekend’s Ellis Island Wedding. The jaw-dropping detail of the New York City skyline is splendid, and we thank Ron Ben-Israel and his team for sharing this gorgeous image with us.

    We’ll soon feature this Real Wedding on Ellis Island, but we wanted to give you a ‘taste’ of the spectacular cake that made its appearance here at our landmark wedding venue.

  • Statue of Liberty-themed Centerpieces

    Statue of Liberty bust from Crate and Barrel as a centerpiece for an Ellis Island wedding

    We’ve written about Crate and Barrel’s Statue of Liberty-themed centerpiece in the past, and we’re excited to see it featured in their Memorial Day offerings!

    Statue of Liberty bust from Crate and Barrel to be used after your Ellis Island wedding

    Statue of Liberty-Themed Centerpiece

    Crate and Barrel calls their Lady Liberty bust a’ touch of Pop Art whimsy,’ and we couldn’t agree more with how ideally and artistically the glossy white design works on wedding guest tables, and also as terrific accents for your custom bars in our Registry Room or outside on our grounds. A Statue of Liberty centerpiece can also hold court over your wedding’s dessert bar, allowing you to bring even more patriotic style to your party with star-shaped candy bowls (we spotted these in Crate and Barrel’s Memorial Day collection as well, along with firework-themed tumblers, melamine dinnerware, trays and other outdoor party gear.)

    Star Shaped Candy Bowls In Wedding NYC

    A big trend in weddings — not just in budget weddings but in NYC luxury weddings as well — is to include wedding decor that looks amazing in your wedding venue, and that you’ll then bring home to display in your house, for your own garden parties and celebrations. We know you’re bringing home wonderful memories of your Ellis Island wedding or Liberty Island celebration…and we know you’ll love the trend of including wedding decor items that will remind you of your big day every day in the future.

  • Wedding and Event Q&A: Can I Bring in an Outside Caterer?

    To better help you plan your Ellis Island wedding, party or corporate gala, we share some of our top Q&A’s:

    Is there an exclusive caterer?

    Evelyn Hill Inc. is the authorized concessionaire for the National Park Service and approved outside caterers are recommended by EHI. Only approved caterers will be permitted on the Islands.


  • Our Registry Room is Pretty in Pink at the Pink Peony Gala

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    For the Pink Peony Gala, held here at Ellis Island , our Registry Room was awash with pretty pink peonies for a lovely garden-style effect that inspires the ‘bring the outside in’ wedding trend.

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    Zak Kunish, president of Zak Events , says of this gala that he designed, “I just have one thing to say…over 3,000 Blush Pink Peonies!!! We cleared out an entire farm in North Carolina!” Your wedding or special event can be filled with a sea of your favorite flowers, for a dazzling (and fragrant!) dream celebration. In a spacious wedding ballroom such as ours, lavish florals stand out when large collections center each table, and when you draw your wedding color inspiration from PANTONE™’s top spring colors 2015 – this spring, the top PANTONE™ color is Strawberry Ice, the feel is modern, luxe, lavish and lovely.

    See www.zakevents.com for more on this spectacular gala event.

    Weddings at our landmark venue on Ellis Island can be bold and vibrant, as you’ve seen in our previous Real Weddings, or they can be soft, pretty and pastel such as this lovely pink-themed celebration. Among the top wedding ideas for 2015 weddings is blending colors from soft shades to brighter colors for a depth of visual effect, with specialty lighting illuminating each table.

    View more images from the Pink Peony Event here.

  • Statue of Liberty-themed Wedding Invitations

    Statue of Liberty-Themed Wedding Invitation Photo 1

    Weddings on Ellis Island often feature Statue of Liberty-themed invitations and printed decor. Since Lady Liberty is an honored guest at each of our historic venue’s weddings, it’s wonderful when our wedding couples feature her on their invitations. When guests see the Statue of Liberty as the invitations motif, they know they’re headed to a stunning location with jaw-dropping views, and the rich history of Ellis Island and Lady Liberty making your big day all the more special.

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    Since the National Stationery Show is taking place in New York City right now, all eyes are on the newest wedding invitation trends and designs, so we thought we’d feature some of our wedding couples’ invitations, as well as Statue of Liberty-themed wedding invitations from Ceci New York (seen above.)

    Here is an invitations suite from one of our wedding couples:

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    And as a tip for your wedding design, our ornate historic landmark calls for an invitations font that’s rich in detail as well, such as this design from Ceci New York.

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  • Aarti and Nandu’s Ellis Island Wedding

    Aarti and Nandu ‘s Indian wedding on Ellis Island was a spectacular event! We’re so happy to share with you some images of their gorgeous day, planned by Sonal Shah of Sonal Shah Consultants . Special thanks to Robert Wagner Photography for sending us these gorgeous photos of their big day.

    Aarti and Nandu were married on a beautiful day, in a colorful ceremony celebrated by their friends and family. The couple later joined their guests on a scenic ferry ride past the NYC skyline to Ellis Island, where guests enjoyed a sumptuous outdoor cocktail party on the Ellis Island grounds overlooking the city.

    Their stunning wedding décor lit up the Registry Room with vibrant colors, and their elegant décor looked beautiful in our landmark wedding venue. We’re so thrilled for this happy couple, and we wish them great joy in their future together.

    Please visit and share their gallery here .