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  • Writer's pictureAllenia Marcelle

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzgerald at St. Patrick Cathedral

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald's wedding was a truly magical event, filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. The ceremony took place at the iconic Saint Patrick's Cathedral, a breathtaking venue that required minimal decoration due to its inherent beauty. The church's stunning architecture and intricate stained glass windows created a truly ethereal atmosphere for the couple's vows. The coordination provided by the church ensured a seamless entrance for the bridal party, with the bride making a grand entrance through the renowned golden doors.




Following the ceremony, guests made their way to The Sanctuary on Roosevelt Island for the reception, where they were greeted by breathtaking views of the city skyline. The cocktail hour was held on the outdoor patio and in the elegant lounge room, offering a variety of delectable hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Stations outside served a buffet of appetizers, while servers circulated inside, offering passed h'ordevers.


The reception culminated with dinner and dancing under a spacious tent. Guests dined on a carefully curated menu, accompanied by the live music of a talented band. The dance floor was never empty, as couples and guests alike swayed and twirled to the rhythmic tunes.



Throughout the evening, the couple was surrounded by their loving family and friends, who celebrated their love and wished them a lifetime of happiness. As the night drew to a close, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald shared a final dance, their faces radiant with joy and affection. It was a perfect ending to a truly special day.




The wedding guests were accommodated in three different hotels in New York City. The Graduate New York Hotel, located at 22 N Loop Rd, served as the primary hotel for the guests. Springhill Suites New York, Long Island City, Queens, situated at 38 39 9th St. In Long Island City, provided accommodations for additional guests. Meanwhile, the bridal party enjoyed their stay at the Lotte Hotel, located at 455 Madison Ave.


The wedding day began with buses picking up guests from the Graduate New York Hotel and Springhill Suites. The first bus departed from the Graduate New York Hotel, collecting guests at 22 N Loop Rd. It then proceeded to the second pickup location at Springhill Suites New York, Long Island City Queens, 38 39 9th St. In Long Island City.


Another bus picked up guests from the Lotte Hotel, located at 455 Madison Ave. This bus transported guests directly to St. Patrick's Cathedral, the venue for the wedding ceremony. All buses converged at St. Patrick's Cathedral.


After the wedding ceremony, at 5:15 PM, all buses returned to St. Patrick's Cathedral to pick up the guests and take them to the reception venue, The Sanctuary Roosevelt Island, located at 851 Main St. Guests were dropped off at 888 Main Street OCTAGON.




At 10:45 PM, the buses departed from The Sanctuary Roosevelt Island to return guests to their respective hotels. The first drop-off was at the Graduate New York, followed by Springhill Suites New York Long Island City Queens.


 

Reasons to Have Your Wedding at St. Patrick's Cathedral:



  1. Historic Elegance:St. Patrick's Cathedral, renowned for its Gothic Revival architecture, offers a breathtakingly elegant backdrop for your wedding ceremony. The cathedral's grand arches, intricate stained glass windows, and soaring vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of timeless beauty and unparalleled grandeur.

  2. Sacred Significance:St. Patrick's Cathedral holds deep religious significance for many couples, providing a sacred and spiritual setting for their wedding vows. Exchanging vows beneath the towering spires of this iconic landmark adds a profound sense of reverence and meaning to your special day.

  3. Accommodating Capacity:With a seating capacity of over 2,000 guests, St. Patrick's Cathedral offers ample space to accommodate large wedding parties and guests. Its spacious interior ensures that everyone can comfortably witness your vows, creating a truly memorable and inclusive celebration.

  4. Prime Location:Nestled in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, St. Patrick's Cathedral enjoys a prime location that is both convenient and enchanting. The cathedral's proximity to Central Park and Fifth Avenue provides picturesque opportunities for wedding photographs, allowing you to capture stunning memories against the backdrop of New York City's iconic landmarks.

  5. Historical Significance:St. Patrick's Cathedral has witnessed countless weddings throughout its illustrious history, making it a place where love and commitment have been celebrated for generations. Couples who choose to exchange vows at St. Patrick's Cathedral join a lineage of countless others who have found enduring joy and fulfillment within its hallowed walls.



 

Wedding Day Schedule         

            

12:00 PM: The Sanctuary: All furniture will be arranged as per the provided floor plan. Linens will be placed on all banquet tables in the tented pavilion and necessary furniture will be set up.


1:30 PM: Flowers: Delivery to the lobby of the Lotte Hotel.


1:30 PM: Band: Arrival at the Sanctuary to set up for the main setup in the Sanctuary Lounge and tent reception/dinner area. A small acoustic setup will be on the front patio during the cocktail hour.



1:30 PM: Buses started running.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM: Photographer: Arrival at the Lotte Hotel


2:15 PM: Florist: Arrival at the Sanctuary; will set up flowers independently.


2:50 PM: Bridal Party: Bridesmaids and bride's head back up to the bridal suite.


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Bridal Party Photos: Groomsmen and groom at the Lotte Hotel.


3:30 PM: Bridal Party: All bridal party members meet in the lobby of the Lotte Hotel to board the bus to St. Patrick Cathedral.


3:45 PM: Bride: Departure in a Rolls Royce Car from Lotte to St. Patrick Cathedral.


4:00 PM: Wedding Cake: Delivery to the Sanctuary.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Wedding Ceremony: Held at St. Patrick Cathedral.


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Wedding Party Pictures: Wedding party meets on the steps outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral immediately after the ceremony.


5:15 PM: Buses for Guests:Buses will be outside St. Patrick Cathedral; guests board t buses for transportation to the reception location at The Sanctuary on Roosevelt Island.


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Sanctuary Staff: Plated salads will be brought out to guests' settings. Bread will already be at each table.


6:45 PM: Emcee/Band Leader: Announcement for guests to move inside the tented pavilion for dinner and reception.


7:00 PM: Guests: Seated inside the reception tent.


7:10 PM: Couple: Announced by the emcee/band leader; first dance.


7:15 PM: Welcome Speech: Parents of the bride will give a welcome speech immediately following the first dance. Sanctuary staff will bring out plated pastas to guests' settings.


7:30 PM - 7:40 PM: Vendor Meals: Meals for vendors will be served in the Sanctuary Lounge.


7:45 PM: Family Dances: An Emcee band leader announces family dances (mom and groom, then the bride and dad).


8:00 PM: Remaining Speeches: An Emcee band leader announces remaining speeches.


8:15 PM: Dessert/Wedding Cake/Coffee Stations: Sanctuary staff sets up dessert/wedding cake/coffee stations, as well as the wood-fired pizza station inside the Sanctuary lounge.


8:30 PM - 8:45 PM: Announcement: An Emcee band leader makes an announcement that guests can now move into the Sanctuary Lounge for wedding cake, dessert, and dancing.


8:45 PM - 10:45 PM: Cake Cutting, Dessert/Coffee, Wood fired Pizza, & Dancing/Drinking/Party Time: Activities will take place inside the Sanctuary Lounge.


10:45 PM - 1:45 PM: After Party: The after party begins.


1:45 AM: Event Ends: Guests exit.


1:45 AM - 2:45 AM: Cleanup: Vendors pack up and exit. Sanctuary staff cleans up and breaks down.




 

Vendors: 

●      Wedding Planner - A & J Luxury Event Planning

  • Photographer - Margherita Andreani Photography Inc 

●      Florist – Snow Drop Flowers

●      Wedding Cake – Joe Polito NY Cupcakery 

●      Lotte Hotel- 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

●      The Sanctuary - 851 Main St, New York, NY 10044 

●      Band - The band method




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