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JUN
19
2017
From Ballroom to Brooklyn
CPS Events At The Plaza
by Emily Reifel

In my nine years at The Plaza, I have built great relationships with some of NYC’s most incredible wedding industry professionals, as well as some of the greatest hosts and hostesses who throw incredible events. It's well known that I love and adore The Plaza for its elegance, history, and ambiance that is hard to compare to competitors. Because of my relationship with some of these industry professionals, I was asked to oversee a large 600 plus guest wedding that was taking place at The Brooklyn Museum with our parent company, Great Performances. The Brooklyn Museum has selected Great Performances as their exclusive catering company and event producer, and it was such an honor that they asked me to help run the wedding at one of their premier venues.  It's a very special space, being that Brooklyn has become such a hotspot for events, and to be in such a gorgeous cultural location amongst some of the world’s most well-known artists. This wedding was being planned and designed by the talented, Jung Lee, and her team from Fete.

What Great Performances didn't know was that the clients who were getting married, Nicole and Alex, had actually just booked their Shabbat dinner with me at The Plaza the Friday before the big Sunday night wedding in Brooklyn. I had taken a great liking to Alex's parents, Jackie and Bert who were hosting the events, so I was thrilled that the next time I saw them I got to share the fun news.  I also had the great pleasure of getting to know my colleagues from Great Performances on a closer level, and it felt nice to feel like a part of the Great Performances team that I had not before been able to work side by side with. Our teams communicate often to share sale tips, menu trends and do joint entertainment for clients, but this was my first wedding with Ali Rea Baum and Allison Davis.  We had a few meetings together and were able to sit down with Jackie and Bert one afternoon to introduce them to the entire team.  Great Performances was running the entire show at The Brooklyn Museum and handing all service staff, bars, and beverage while Foremost handled the menu.

Soon it was time for the Friday Night Shabbat Dinner that Foremost was also providing the food for. We started off the night with the clients lighting the traditional candles before entering a Moroccan oasis that Jung's team had created, complete with palm trees, lanterns filled with candlelight and unique succulent plants that graced each table. Guests dined on abundant buffet stations that Foremost had created with everything from sushi to traditional Persian food and of course, tea! Jackie also hired a Jewish accapella group to sing traditional songs that the guests really enjoyed. Everyone had a great time and as the night came to an end, the guests couldn't believe how fabulous the dinner was and were curious what the wedding would be like!

Saturday was a nice break for everyone and Sunday came quickly. I arrived to the museum and caught up with Allie and Allison and saw Jung and her partner, Allison, up to their knees in Cherry blossoms! The Great Hall would soon be transformed with long tables, glass candelabras and gorgeous cherry blossom centerpieces that filled the entire space! Ossie and Randy along with their team from Foremost were building their own kitchen that was incredibly organized. The Great Performances crew was busily setting tables, bars, buffet tables and helping Fete get the job done. The bride and groom took photos and were over the moon happy! The guests began to arrive to the cocktail hour first in the lobby of the museum on the glass ceiling before being directly into the ceremony where a perfect white orchid chuppah had been constructed with a large orchid flower wall behind it.  As the guests moved upstairs to the Grand Hall they were truly amazed, many had never been to a wedding at the Brooklyn Museum before. My assistant Kelsey who was helping Fete for the day loved seeing how things were done in a new space and with the new team.  The clients thanked us for the entire weekend before they went off to join their 625 guests on the dance floor, where the party went until 3 am and the groom even still wanted more! As the night ended the guests grabbed falafel from a fun food truck outside before heading back to Manhattan. I headed back home reflecting on how I really loved my experience and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Having the experience of getting to work with the same clients on two events in two different city locations was pretty special, and I knew that will be hard to come by again.

Thanks to everyone who made that weekend work like clockwork, you are truly industry leaders and I'm lucky to have you all in my events team family! 

Image Source: Ira Lippke Studios


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