A Glamorous, Old-Hollywood-Inspired Wedding at Ellis Island in New York City

After an unforgettable trip through France, where David Carasso (32 and a project manager) asked Lauren Applebaum (32 and a media specialist) to marry him against a breathtaking backdrop of calm Mediterranean waters and the rolling hills of the Cote d’Azur, the pair returned home to plan a glamorous affair at home: New York City. While they had different ideas in terms of their ideal venue, Lauren wanting unconventional and David thinking traditional, they agreed that a location with undeniable New York flair and a bit of wow factor was a must. With the help of Zak Events, they came up with an original idea: hosting the wedding on Ellis Island. “Not only did it check all the boxes for both of us in terms of what we wanted in a venue, but each of our families has a rich history there,” Lauren says. “It’s where our grandparents and great-grandparents came to start a new chapter in their lives. We loved the idea of honoring their history, while celebrating our own.” After choosing the venue, they enlisted Zak Events and Roey Mizrahi Events to help plan the day’s many details. The iconic Registry Room hosted both the ceremony and reception. Zak Events transformed the historic space into the picture of old-world elegance, with a palette of ivory, cream, gold and blush tones and striking skyward-reaching arrangements of orchids, roses, and hydrangeas. Ostrich feathers, crystal accents and gilded dinnerware injected an element of grandeur to the space, while dozens of ivory pillar candles created an intimate, romantic atmosphere for the evening’s festivities. Foremost Caterers knocked dinner out of the park with dishes like grilled branzino and bluefin tuna tartare. “We went to town on dessert,” Lauren says. “Everyone received a plate with raspberry terrine and flourless chocolate cake. This was in addition to bite-size desserts like bananas Foster and Key lime pie, which were being passed around on the dance floor.” Bobby Attiko Band kept the dance floor packed all night with a mix of high-energy songs, ranging from Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, from Marvin Gaye to Beyonce. A tip from Lauren: “Accept help from others. It’s okay to let go of control with a few things. The last thing you want is to be worried about the execution of your event while it’s happening. Let others do the worrying for you so you can enjoy every moment.”