Featured Venue: MANHATTAN PENTHOUSE

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The top penthouse floor of this Fifth Avenue Beaux Arts landmark building will take your breath away with commanding views in every direction. High in the New York City skyline stands Manhattan Penthouse, a venue that defines romance with its expansive views, radiant space, and culinary mastery. Centrally located near Union Square, Manhattan Penthouse will take your breath away with 360 degrees of unobstructed views from surrounding signature Palladian windows. The space is immaculately designed to be a combination of traditional penthouse meets modern sleek loft, presenting a uniquely handsome setting that exudes New York style like no other. 

As guests enter the luxurious space of the Penthouse, they are met with elegant décor and unparalleled panoramic views of Manhattan from Wall Street to Times Square. Transcendent ceremonies may take place before the starry New York skyline, with the Empire State Building as the backdrop behind the celebrated couple. The moment where you say I Do will enamor friends and family, and live on as a magical tale to be told for generations.

Manhattan Penthouse may accommodate up to 200 guests, as they savor in delectable fare and fine spirits by the charming grand oak and stained glass bar, and dance the night away amidst an extraordinary horizon. Creativity is boundless at Manhattan Penthouse with gourmet cuisine, custom lighting, sound equipment, and an expert team that specializes in exceeding expectations. Manhattan Penthouse is dedicated to delivering world-class service, complete with professional event coordination to fully customize every detail. In-house planners ensure a seamless production, and work closely with couples to achieve their vision.

Any true New Yorker knows that it’s all about location. Manhattan Penthouse is the location. It is the epitome of what all New York weddings should aspire to be. The first day of the rest of your life together deserves nothing less than the paramount affair that only Manhattan Penthouse can inspire. After a night of revelry, Manhattan Penthouse awakens in the early sunlight to a new day of preparations for its next memorable celebration.

Manhattan Penthouse is located at: 80 Fifth Avenue by the corner of 14th Street. For more information, call: 212-627-8838, or go to: www.ManhattanPenthouse.com

Featured Venue: WEYLIN B. SEYMOURS

In one of the most exciting recent developments to open its doors to New York City, Weylin B. Seymour’s resuscitates a local treasure back to life as a versatile and awe-inspiring event venue. 

Originally built close to 140 years ago as the Williamsburg Savings Bank, this masterfully restored multi-level space features two soaring 110-foot domes that tower over beautifully intricate mosaic marble flooring. Each corner of this national landmark located in the heart of Brooklyn, the first stop over the Williamsburg Bridge, reveals pristine Victorian design that creates a dazzling and romantic backdrop for weddings and the occasions that surround it.

Guests of Weylin B. Seymour’s often find themselves lost in the details of this magnificent space, from the gold leaf flowers adorning the Oculus Dome, to the intricately carved wood and monogrammed bronze-cast doorknobs. A stroll through Weylin B. Seymour’s is an elegantly detailed journey through New York City history.

Deemed as “one of the most monumental spaces surviving in New York from the Post-Civil War era” by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, completed in 1875, remains an icon of an early New York neighborhood in its prime. The Beaux Arts Classical building by preeminent New York architect George B. Post with Aesthetic-styled interior decorations by designer Peter B. Wight was not only significant to Brooklyn, but instrumental in shaping the trends of architectural design throughout the nation. Although possessing a rich history from its inception, Weylin B. Seymour’s uniquely caters to exceptional weddings in an unexpected manner. Often regarded as a secret treasure, guests of Weylin B. Seymour’s are often stunned by the beauty of a venue they’ve never previously visited. The extraordinary space and design elements of this majestic venue have been known to take the breath away of anyone who encounters it. 

At Weylin B. Seymour’s, every event is regarded as royalty, and custom-designed to meet the needs and desires of the occasion. Extending seamless hospitality with its dedicated and expert catering team, a wedding at Weylin B. Seymour’s is sheer delight, from the planning stages to the moment you take off as a blissfully wedded couple.

Weylin B. Seymour’s is located at: 175 Broadway in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, just over the Williamsburg Bridge. For more information, go to: www.WeylinBSeymours.com, or call: 718-963-3639.

Featured Wedding Venue: Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Photo: EXO Photography

 

Nestled among the beautiful townhouses and brownstones of the luxurious Upper East Side rests Hôtel Plaza Athénée, blending refined European tradition with exceptional hospitality. Widely regarded for its intimate charm and romantic atmosphere, weddings at this lovely abode are most certainly a majestic affair.

The Hôtel Plaza Athénées Arabelle Room

 

Upon entry to Hôtel Plaza Athénée, guests are greeted with attentive service, antique furnishings, and Italian tapestries, lending the perfect backdrop for cherished moments. The thoughtfully designed space of this stunning venue offers unique warmth for guests to relish in. Ceremonies are elegantly appointed to take place within Le Trianon, which consists of ten windows that overlook the magnificent tree-lined neighborhood of East 64th Street. 

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The creatively inspired fare furnished by Arabelle stimulates the senses with sheer delight, using only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. After an affair to remember, newlyweds are invited to spend the night in a comely one-bedroom suite, and are met with breakfast in bed or on their balcony, as they recount the prior evening’s magic. To enhance the Hôtel Plaza Athénée experience, guests may also choose to partake in the relaxing treatments of the Spa by Valmont located within the hotel.

A balcony reception at The Hôtel Plaza Athénée

 

Intimate weddings between ten and one hundred guests are catered to with the utmost importance and care. Every detail and desire is met, whether for event design, floral arrangements, or overnight accommodations. To ensure an expertly planned occasion, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has several packages available to suit the needs of their blissful couples. For occasions seeking luxury, charm, and tradition in the most superior sense, Hôtel Plaza Athénée presents a most resplendent setting for the most important day in the life of two people.

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located at: 37 East 64th Street. For more information, call: 212-606-4600, or go to: www.Plaza-Athenee.com.

 

Featured Wedding Venue: TAVERN ON THE GREEN

Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld • Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective • Shoes: Allen Edmonds

 

A modern tavern nestled in a bucolic Central Park setting, Tavern On The Green is an iconic, landmark restaurant unlike any other. Centered around a hearty, rustic menu shaped by local and seasonal ingredients, the legendary restaurant invites patrons into a warm, celebratory gathering space that captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of New York City. 

Tavern On The Greens bar & lounge area. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld • Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe • Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective

 

Originally designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green has proudly served locals, presidents, royalty, artists, actors, and first-time visitors since 1934. The renowned venue has also been the backdrop of numerous major motion pictures including films like “Arthur”, “Ghostbusters”, “Wall Street”, and “New York, I Love You”. 

Tavern On The Greens open kitchen and dining room. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Custom Suit: Alton Lane • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective

 

The cuisine at Tavern On The Green is created with rich flavors, quality ingredients, and aesthetic grace. The acclaimed hospitality on which the Tavern stands is surpassed only by its delectable New American cuisine, introducing a distinguished experience that is certain to awe one’s guests. 

Tavern On The Greens outdoor area.

 

A destination perfect for celebrations of anywhere from ten to 1,000 guests, Tavern On The Green offers a luxurious experience within a transformational space, and a warm personal touch. Whether a bountiful wedding reception, an elegant bridal shower, or a festive rehearsal dinner, this luminous gem caters the affair of a lifetime. A romantic occasion under the outdoor iridescent streaming lights surrounded by the iconic Central Park adds a unique glow fit for a fairy tale. It is for this reason that Tavern On The Green has been a symbol of love in Manhattan history for so many generations.

Tavern On The Greens dining room.

 

As great a tradition as the grand Central Park among it, Tavern On The Green has made its awaited return to the New York City celebration scene, renewing the belief that there is no finer city in the world to marry.

Tavern On The Greens South Room. Photo: Samantha Lauren Photographie

 

Tavern On The Green is located within Manhattans Central Park, just off Central Park West at 67th Street. For reservations or more information, call: 212-877-8684, or go to: www.TavernOnTheGreen.com.

The 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition cover. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe • Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective • Shoes: Allen Edmonds

A Portal To Another Time Place… And Poolside Pairings

Photo by Andre Maier; Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

 

There’s a turn off of Tarrytown’s hilly, windy Benedict Avenue that, if taken, transports you to another world. The turn leads upwards, past manicured greens that seem to foreshadow a special destination. At the hill’s peak is this other world. At the top is The Castle Hotel & Spa a true castle that could only exist in history… or an animated Disney movie!

Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

 

The entrance to The Castle is a portal to another time and place… over a century into the past, with stone structures and rich tapestries. This summer, this rare, special place is hosting a series of culinary events; pairings of various kinds of cuisine with wine and/or other spirits. Every Thursday evening, The Castle’s world-class restaurant, Equus, will present a different menu designed to complement that evening’s libations.

Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

 

Guests may mix, mingle and luxuriate around The Castle’s pool, and within the Grotto, surrounded by artfully groomed trees and bushes, that seem to block out the world- with the exception of The Castle itself, which serves as a bold backdrop to each pairing- while enjoying food, drink, and even cigars.

 

Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

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Photo Courtesy Of The Castle Hotel & Spa

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Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

Photo By Steven Sendor For Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition

 

For a calendar of the summer’s pairings, click on the following link: Castle Pairings. The Castle Hotel & Spa is located less than an hour north of midtown Manhattan, at: 400 Benedict Avenue in Tarrytown, NY (Westchester County).

Fresh, Flavorful And Flashing With Color!

Summers here! Its the easiest time of year to keep your culinary creations fresh, flavorful and flashing with color at your wedding, rehearsal dinner or engagement party. Todays featured dish is a perfect example of this; Bay Scallop Ceviche with Grapefruit, Jalapeño and Avocado, by Cocktail Caterers.