Ellis Island exudes a deep feeling of old world America. The historical landmark, remembered as the canvas for new opportunity, now serves as a canvas for events while overlooking the Statue of Liberty. The nuances Ellis Island brings include fond memories of travel, freedom, new opportunities and patriotism.
Swank Productions, based in New York City, recently took advantage of all of this when it designed its first wedding at the historical venue. Being true New Yorkers at heart, the couple was looking for a venue that would be a symbol of New York’s rich culture. Ellis Island provided the perfect setting to satisfy this desire for both the designers and their clients.
The design team was able to create a one-of a kind experience for the couple’s guests, which began by taking them on the short eight-minute ferry ride across the harbor. Within the expansive interior space totaling 13,000 square feet, the team used uplighting to highlight the United States flag which created an inspirational atmosphere.
“We loved the indoor and outdoor capabilities of this space,” Maya Kalman, CEO and Creative Director of Swank said. “Our goal was to create a wedding with a regal yet modern twist.” The venue’s versatility allowed for Kalman and her team to create three distinct design experiences. The first set the stage for a picturesque ceremony with views of the Statue of Liberty. The second was a tented cocktail hour on the outdoor lawn behind the Wall of Honor. The third was an indoor reception with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline on the first and second floor.
For a site that represents New York and America’s beginnings, Ellis Island gave these designers an opportunity to build an event with a sense of freedom and history. To really drive that home, Kalman sent Allison and David’s guests off with a swell of American pride — a dazzling fireworks show.
Truly, this is a national monument that is the perfect design canvas for celebrating American independence and New York originality.
Images by 5th Avenue Digital Photography