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 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!

A Sneak Peek at an Ellis Island Wedding in July

 

Just a few weeks ago, we welcomed a beautiful Ellis Island wedding, here in our historic wedding venue. Here are a few sneak peek images of this stunning wedding, with our thanks to James at Francois Pijuan (www.francois-pijuan.com ) for sharing these photos with us. We’re excited to share more visions of beauty from this July wedding on Ellis Island very soon.

The Statue of Liberty Barbie Is Invited to Ellis Island Weddings!

The Statue of Liberty is a guest of honor at every Liberty Island Wedding, and admires your big day from a close distance when you’re among our circle of Ellis Island wedding couples.

She’s a grand and breathtaking figure at Ellis Island weddings, and many of our wedding couples love to honor her in creative ways, such as choosing a Statue of Liberty-themed wedding invitation or displaying a Statue of Liberty figure on their wedding dessert bar or family photos table, welcoming your wedding guests to our landmark wedding venue.

Since a big wedding trend is incorporating fun and playful design elements with a callback to your childhood, we thought we’d inspire you with the Statue of Liberty Barbie Doll (Dolls of the World Landmark Collection)

Created as part of the 30th anniversary of Barbie’s Dolls of the World®, the Landmark Collection brings world-famous landmarks to life through Barbie® fashion. Since the Statue of Liberty is one of the most-visited landmarks in the world, Mattel honored her with a Barbie doll all her own! And we must say, her dress is quite lovely, as is her 4th of July printed clutch and her Statue of Liberty-inspired crown!

At 13.3 inches high, your Statue of Liberty Barbie dolls can take a place at the centers of each of your guest tables in our Registry Room, surrounded by flowers and candles or illuminated by special lighting, or you might surround her with sweets on your wedding’s lavish desserts table. As mentioned, she can join your family photos table, look over your guest book, or –another big wedding trend! – you might surprise your little girl wedding guests and flowergirls with Statue of Liberty Barbies awaiting them at their table, in gift bags personalized to them.

As glamorous and elegant as weddings are at Ellis Island, with pure luxury surrounding you in our grand historic venue transformed by your designs into a glam wedding wonderland, there’s always room for a touch of whimsy and for another fabulously-dressed wedding guest!

A Nighttime Wedding Ceremony with a View of the NYC Skyline

Outdoor wedding ceremonies don’t always have to take place in the daytime. On Ellis Island, your ceremony can be held at night, with fantastic lighting and with the stunning  NYC skyline as your wedding ceremony backdrop.

The design here is courtesy of Jung Lee of Fete Events, one of the most esteemed wedding planners in New York City.

Ellis Island’s Kissing Post Can be a Part of Your Wedding

The kissing post, long ago

 Your wedding at Ellis Island becomes a part of our historic venue’s rich history. Think about how millions of immigrants passed through Ellis Island, on their way to starting a new life. Just like you’ll be doing when your wedding takes place in our grand, gorgeous landmark venue. Just look to the kissing post, supporting Ellis Island’s registry room: it’s a famous column at which millions of US immigrants reunited with family after completing their lengthy immigration process. When they moved towards the pillar, it marked a significant moment in their journey. This was where they would search for, and embrace, family members who came to welcome them to their new life.

Ellis Island staff members noticed the immigrant families in their joyful reunions at that column and named the spot “the kissing post,” and it remains marked by a plaque today.

That might be the spot where you choose to position your receiving line, or greet your guests on your own, or pose for deeply meaningful wedding photos. You’re both starting your new life and a new beginning, so the Kissing Post at Ellis Island is a unique and very special wedding element that you can bring into your wedding plans. Especially if you have ancestors who once met at that very spot…what a powerful wedding moment that will be for your families!

 

Vintage Elegance at Ellis Island Weddings, With This Suitcase Card Holder

From ShabbyChicWeddings on Etsy

One of the top wedding trends of 2014 is a “vintage elegance” style of wedding décor, and at our landmark wedding venue of Ellis Island, vintage is definitely a style inspiration for our brides.

One way to capture “vintage elegance” is with vintage suitcases, and given our rich history of welcoming immigrants – each toting their suitcases, filled with their treasured belongings – we love the look of vintage suitcases brought into today’s weddings here at Ellis Island.

As seen above, pretty vintage suitcases are displayed and used to hold the cards and gifts brought for the wedding couple. These particular designs, by TheShabbyChicWedding on Etsy, are adorned with handmade flowers with pearls in the centers and a ribbon bow, a band of burlap, and the vintage sheet music pattern of the suitcases’ inside hearkens back to an earlier age. Add a trendy banner, like these spelling out ‘Cards’ and strung with twine and pearls, for extra vintage touches.

After your wedding, you can keep this vintage suitcase to hold all of your wedding day keepsakes, like your wedding programs, wedding cards, extra favors, your own place cards, copies of your vows, and more.