Beautiful Ellis Island Wedding Details

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Ellis Island is a gorgeous setting for a NYC wedding! With those magnificent views of the city skyline, right-on-the-water placement that puts you right in front of a breathtaking sunset over the golden ripples of water, open-air venues for outdoor wedding celebrations, outdoor wedding cocktail parties, even outdoor concerts under starry skies, AND the gorgeous architecture of the buildings. It’s a great twist on an Island Wedding, a destination wedding of sorts since your guests have to take a scenic ferry ride to get to Ellis Island, and it’s an award-winning eco-friendly event venue for green weddings! Talk about the best of everything!

Speaking of the best, Ellis Island has been home to lavish, luxury weddings planned by some of the most elite wedding coordinators in New York City and from across the country. Here are some images from an Ellis Island Wedding planned by celebrity event planner, wedding luminary and author Jung Lee of Fete NY.

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Find out more information about Ellis Island Weddings, and visit our Ellis Island Weddings Pinterest page

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Angie’s Quote You’ll Want to Use in Your Wedding

Photo: Jason  Merritt/Getty Images

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

In Elle‘s June 2014 issue, Angelina Jolie described her relationship with Brad Pitt, and this is one of those perfect, perfect, perfect quotes to include in your wedding ceremony, in your wedding programs, on your personal wedding website, on signs, and anywhere else you use quotes to make your wedding more personalized and fabulous:  “You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy,” she said. “After all these years, we have history—and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”

Wedding Toasts Mistakes to Avoid

Wedding season brings about lots of opportunities for wedding toasts and other speeches, so if you’re a bride or groom, Best Man, Maid of Honor, parents of the bride or groom or other honored guest, check out my Top Wedding Toasts Mistakes to Avoid post on Wedding Scoops!

Bethenny Frankel’s ‘Welcome to the Bridal Party’ Gift Idea!

Bethenny Frankel has some fabulous gift ideas! She’s the new face of CafePress.com, and I absolutely love the yoga mat from her holiday gift selections…but I see that as a great ‘Welcome to the Wedding’ gift that you can give to the ladies you’ll ask to be your bridemaids! If you haven’t picked your bridesmaids yet, or if you’re looking for a creative, fun way to ask your VIPs to be your bridesmaids, give them a welcome gift when you ask them! Everybody loves a useful gift, especially one with celebrity panache!

Check out Bethenny’s other top gift picks at CafePress.com — and of course a bottle of Skinnygirl Margaritas is always a great way to invite your bridesmaids into the party that is your wedding-planning season!

Meet me at the lavish Wedding Salon event in NYC!

What are you doing on Monday, November 15th? Come to the most glamorous, celebrity-attended wedding show of the year, where I will be appearing as Caneel Bay’s wedding spokesperson! So many big names will be there — Colin Cowie, Sylvia Weinstock, Michelle Rago, and on and on. Here’s a list of the participating companies and experts (so far!):

The Wedding Salon – New York, NY

Show date: Monday November 15, 2010
Show hours: 4 PM to 9 PM
Venue: Manhattan Center Studios
Address: 311 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

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Participants


Alcor Viaggi
American Airlines
Amy Weschsler, MD
Anne Koplik Designs
Arabella Photo
Ariston Florist
Aruba Tourism Authority
Atelier Isabey
Atlantis Paradise Island/One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
Bimini Bay Resort
Blue Glass Photography
Bridal Reflections
Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Carciofi Designs
Carol Hannah
Carolee
Cinderella Bridez
Colin Cowie Lifestyle
Consejo Turistico de San Miguel de Allende
Crystal Springs Resort
Cystal Bloom Weddings
David Beahm Design
David Burton Photography
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
East Wind Caterers, Inn & Spa
Élan Artists
Elegantly Iced
Elon Michelle Couture
FashionableBride.com
Fideicomiso de Promocion Turistica de la Riviera Maya
Flowers by Topaz
Gansevoort Miami Beach Hotel/STK & The One Group
Gruber Photographers
Grupo Presidente InterContinental
Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City
HPNOTIQ
Ideal Ensembles LLC
Island Style Weddings
Jax Photography
John Dunn
John Malino Music
Joseph Lin Photography
Josh Wong Photography

This is THE event of the season, so don’t miss it! See you there!

~Sharon

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Katie Fischer Design
Kellari Taverna
Ketubah Graphia
KohGenDo Cosmetics
Landino Photo Image Studio
Laser Cosmetica
Lauren Renée Design
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
LertaVu
Loli Events
Magnolia Photo Booth
Mark Tamayo
Metamorphosis, You…Only Better!
Mexico Tourism Board
Michelle Rago
Milani Cosmetics
Misty Enright Photography
Nandana Private Resort
New Yorks Best Musicians, Photo and Video
One&Only Palmilla
Ostasz Studio
Palace Resorts
Palermo’s Bakery
Pedro Avendano Photography
Prouna USA Kiyasa Corporation
Rafael’s Pastry
Relais & Chateaux
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Rue de Flore Bridal
Shawn Rabideau Events & Design
Stortz Lighting
Sugar Flower Cake Shop
Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
The Card Lady
The Knot
The Registry @ Bloomingdale’s
twobirds Bridesmaid
Unique Vacations / Sandals Resorts
Villa Foscarini Cornaro
WeddingChannel.com
Windsong Photography
Yves Saint Laurent at Bergdorf Goodman

“I Still Do!” Renewing Your Wedding Vows

It’s summer, and that means wedding season! While everyone loves the cake, the great food, the dancing, the chance to dress up in Gucci or Chanel and wow their partners, it’s the *relationship* that is at the center of the day. It means the world to the wedding couple, and if you’re married, you may be thinking about your own wedding day and your own relationship right now…perhaps moreso with each wedding you attend.

Just look at Tori & Dean…they planned the wedding for the guncles and then another wedding for Tori’s friend…and they really started to focus on how career and parenthood and motorcycles were putting some distance between them. Long story short, they put their relationship first, and they renewed their wedding vows, bringing their kids into the celebration.

Heidi Klum and Seal renew their vows every year, and this year had all of their guests dressing up like brides and grooms.

As fun as these celebrity vow renewals are, with their parties and the kids and the cameras and the themes, I’m thinking about a wonderful couple who renewed their vows alone on a mountaintop, in the quiet of nature, just wanting to express their *gratitude* for one another. That’s it. No themes. No cake. No Chanel.

They’re among the couples featured in my book Renewing Your Wedding Vows, and their story will inspire you if you wish to skip the big, fancy wedding re-do and just walk outside today to renew your vows under the tree in your front yard. I wish I could tell you that that couple was married for 75 years. They loved each other enough to be married that long. But Craig passed away recently, leaving Susanne without him now…comforted by the memories of their annual vow renewals and the words of love they took the time to speak to one another.

So it doesn’t matter how you do it. It doesn’t matter if you book the Plaza or climb a mountain to be alone. Just say the words. I have tons of inspiration here in my book, lots of quotes and ideas on how you can make Renewing Your Vows a meaningful part of your relationship, a refresher each year.

And if you’re not yet married, tell your parents and your married friends about it, about how simple it is to renew your vows and just ‘have a moment’ together, or re-do the wedding they never got to have — maybe a couple’s getaway for a tropical vow renewal, or a trip to Vegas…or a walk out to that tree in the front yard. With nobody looking on. And an Entenman’s cupcake to celebrate.