Ellis Island Weddings Sneak Peek

An absolutely gorgeous image from a September 2014 wedding here on Ellis Island. We thank William Haviland of Bestek Lighting (www.bestek.com)  for this photo, and we’ll post more images from this stunning wedding after the happy couple’s honeymoon.

Ellis Island Corporate Event Spotlight: Amway China

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

Ellis Island frequently hosts large corporate events, and in April of this year, we welcomed the VIPs of Amway China for a very special celebration of the company’s top performing employees in a lavish, luxury event for over 1,600 guests.
The event design team shared with us some amazing details of this unforgettable corporate event on Ellis Island:
As always, Amway China insisted on presenting their guests with an iconic experience they would not be able to access on their own. Amway events tend to take place in locations of historic significance and iconic importance. Events have to connect and honor in theme the Chinese culture and the history of the location.
Amway China flew their 1,600 top-selling representatives to New York City for a 3-day business meeting. The group traveled in two waves, for business meetings and special NYC experiences, and only once did ALL 1,600 guests come together in the same place at the same time: on the evening of April 15th for a reception, gala evening and pop concert on Liberty and Ellis Island.
Quite fittingly for our location as an historic landmark and tying into the Amway corporate goal structure, this event was titled “Follow Your Dream”.
“The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – our iconic monuments to the immigrant’s arrival in the USA and the beginning of the American Dream – gave us the opportunity to let our guests experience the beginning of their own American Dream, achieved by their association with Am(erican)way,” says Marion Renk-Rosenthal, Public Relations for Event Works, www.eventworks.com.

The evening started at Battery Park where guests gained chartered ferries to transition to Liberty Island for a cocktail reception. As they passed the Statue of Liberty, a fireboat water cannon shot red-white-blue fountains into the air.
Ferries shuttled guests from the reception to dinner and concert at the Ellis Island Museum.

Photp by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

“We surrounded guests with iconic walking characters from the moment they got off the ferry. Athletes, walking Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, a living Lady Liberty, Broadway showgirls, Uncle Sam stilt walkers and “President Obama” with Secret Service personnel greeted arriving guests.”

Photo by Steve Elkins

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

Dinner took place on two levels at the museum: the Baggage Room and the Registry Room.

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The event organizers paid extra attention to the Chinese tradition of honoring the highest performers by incorporating special recognition for the Very Very Important Persons.
“We started by designing the timetable with VIPs in mind. Special consideration in ferry assignment, timed to line up perfectly with the fireboat water fountain display, and access to special treats during the cocktail reception had to be considered and planned. Very VIPs were provided with a separate, upgraded tent for the cocktail reception. We also stanchioned off a VIP Photo area centered in front of the Statue of Liberty.”
“They received preferential treatment in the transfers to Ellis Island. We designed blue prints with special, short entrance routes in the dining rooms for their arrivals. VVIPs enter the dinner last, once the regular guests were seated. We created red carpet walks down the center of the two rooms and added red carpet risers in the centers so that the regular guests could take great photos of the VVIPs. This worked out beautifully as all regular guests lined the red carpets and surrounded the risers to snap shots like photographers at the Oscars. The rooms lit up with flash photography and iPad screens. Our VVIPs posed dutifully, smiling and waving.”
The Amway China corporate group also had 33 guests who received special birthday honors, and the event organizers celebrated them by having a Gospel choir serenade them by singing “Happy Birthday”. “Our Color Guard and Amway staff then paraded in with custom designed, Lady Liberty cakes.”

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The evening culminated with a customized fireworks display in New York Harbor followed by the pop concert. Despite a winter storm, temperatures sinking to 33 degrees, sleet and hail, all guests ventured outside to cheer the rousing fireworks finale!
VVIPs were invited to exit dinner first, regular guests followed and all enjoyed a custom designed display that included a 7 color rainbow, symbol of wealth and worldliness in China and used as a backdrop by Amway in recruitment presentations throughout the country. The fireworks display culminated in the Amway logo.

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The Amway China event organizers enacted some technically creative plans for this celebration, including the following: “We custom-programmed a very complicated audio and video system that allowed us to split the signal for time-delayed, separate projection on either floor. We set this up to also be able to switch it to simultaneous projection to both floors as both options were used during the night. We set up multiple, separate audio channels for Chinese and English speaking stage managers and various production departments.”

List of companies involved:
Evelyn Hill, Inc. The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island,
EventWorks
Fireworks by Grucci (Bellport, NY),
Bestek Lighting and Staging (West Babylon, NY),
Main Attractions Inc. (Edison, NJ),
Zak Events Inc. (Franklin Lakes, NJ),
BKA – Barkley-Kalpak Agency (NY, NY),
Technical Show Management Inc. (Marina del Rey, CA))

Ed Sheeran Performs on Ellis Island 6.13.14

Ellis Island welcomed 3x Grammy-nominated artist Ed Sheeran to perform a one-of-a-kind show  presented by CBS RADIO, on Friday, June 13, adding his star power to our national landmark venue.
{We thank Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Radio.com for sharing these images of Ed Sheeran’s concert with us}

 A crowd of 300 to 400 Ed Sheeran fans (called ‘Sheerios’) braved the rain to share a very special experience with Ed Sheeran. So this superstar’s concert was likely as special to him as it was to all of his fans who ferried over to Ellis Island to be a part of an innovative event.

 Sheeran had been staging “Multiply Days” – consisting of a number of ever-growing, intimate performances in a single day – around the globe in anticipation of his new 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 celebrating and demonstrating the concept guiding his new record.

 Fans attending “Ed On Ellis” were treated to sweeping views of the New York skyline and Lady Liberty while listening to Sheeran play 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.”

 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.

 x, which found Sheeran collaborating with a stellar list of producers, recently rocketed to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Store’s overall “Top Albums” chart, mere hours after becoming available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/x-itunesdlx.

 

Radio.com released a post-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:
• He played extra-long. Fans expected Sheeran to perform 8 songs, but Sheeran delivered more than expected.
• His green room was the entire second floor of the Ellis Island Museum, known as the Registry Room. Fans milled around only one floor below, waiting for the show to start. From the stage, Sheeran told us that many of his family of Sheerans had been through Ellis Island.
• Sheeran played his song from The Fault In Our Stars, “All The Stars.”

This was Ed Sheeran’s first time visiting Ellis Island, as well.

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

 

 

 

 

 

The Ellis Island Weddings and Events Video is Live

See the elegance of an Ellis Island wedding or special event on our video sharing the beauty and grandeur of our landmark wedding venue overlooking the scenic New York City skyline.

The Ellis Island Wedding of Sheryl and Raymond 7.5.14 Part 5: The Reception Begins

Sheryl and Ray’s Ellis Island wedding soon invited their guests into the Registry Room for the start of their reception. Personalized items awaited guests at their tables, and Sheryl and Ray started the night off with their First Dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Best Is Yet to Come.”

 

The Ellis Island Wedding of Sheryl and Raymond 7.5.14 Part 4

Ellis Island’s manicured lawns served as the setting for Sheryl and Ray’s outdoor cocktail party, overlooking the NYC skyline. Here are some of the sweet moments from that celebration.

 

 

 

The Ellis Island Wedding of Sheryl and Raymond 7.5.14 Part 3

 

A look at the delectable wedding cocktail party menu items from Sheryl and Raymond’s stunning outdoor Ellis Island cocktail party. With our island setting, and as a top choice for a luxury wedding, seafood bars made for a perfectly indulgent wedding cocktail party menu choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our thanks to wedding photographer Fadi Kheir (www.fadikheir.com ) for sharing these images with us!

 

The Ellis Island Wedding of Sheryl and Raymond 7.5.14 Part 2

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Ellis Island’s architecture set a gorgeous stage for Sheryl and Raymond’s July wedding, showing you just how amazing your wedding photos can be, with our historic building in the background.

The Ellis Island Wedding of Sheryl and Raymond 7.5.14 Part 1

 

Sheryl and Raymond celebrated their wedding on Ellis Island in a summery, stylish fashion. Sheryl says, “We chose Ellis Island because it’s so different, and there’s an emotional tie to our family histories here. you can’t get that anywhere else.” The couple intended to keep the wedding location top-secret until the invitations arrived, sharing a logo inscribed subtly with one of the Ellis Island towers in the background, but Sheryl’s very clever brother Googled the tower image and guessed the location ahead of time!

Sheryl wore a Lazaro gown and the wedding colors were cobalt blue, silver and white, with the blue tying in beautifully to the waters surrounding Ellis Island.

In a future post of Sheryl and Raymond’s Ellis Island Wedding story, we’ll share the gorgeous details of their wedding day, including 1,000 votives lining from the pier to the front doors. Our thanks to wedding photographer Fadi Kheir (fadikheir.com) for sharing these images with us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming soon: Part 2 of Sheryl and Raymond’s Ellis Island wedding celebration…

The Ellis Island Wedding of Julia and Behdad 5.3.14

Julia & Behdad from McKenzie Miller Films on Vimeo.

 

We are so thrilled to share highlights of Julia and Behdad’s wedding here at Ellis Island — every detail was magical for this very special couple, and we’re quite impressed with the best man’s toast!

We’re looking forward to sharing more images from their wedding day soon, and we wish this gorgeous couple a lifetime of happiness!