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I do a lot of work at Rockefeller Center, and so the Palace has become my home for my New York business trips.  We’ve even invited our families to stay with us at the Palace during special trips during the Christmas season.  So when it came time for Jonathan and I to start looking for wedding venues, the Palace was naturally at the top of the list.

Jonathan and I knew that having a destination wedding in New York City was going to be an adventure for many of our invited guests.  We wanted a venue that wasn’t a typical ballroom.  We wanted something with charm, elegance, and an interesting history.  The Villard Mansion fit all of these criteria.  I wrote to Rachel Wolff about the possibility of hosting our wedding in the mansion, and I was overwhelmed by how it all just fell into place from there. 

Rachel Wolff, Katrina Lee, Brent Howard, Dan Nelson, and the entire staff at The Palace are the best!  Jonathan and I are fairly easygoing, straight-forward guys.  We knew we didn’t need a lot of fussing over minor details, and that’s why Rachel was such a wonderful fit.  She’s also a very straight-to-the-point person, and so decision making seemed effortless.  She guided us towards the important things we needed to think about, and away from the minutiae that she could handle without us. 

Rachel also helped immensely with recommendations for 3 vendors.

The Ron Ben Israel wedding cake came with our wedding package.  Ron and his staff could not have been more delightful to work with.  We met with them one time and were able to completely design our cake and flavors within that visit.  The final product was not only masculine and elegant, but delicious. 

Jonathan and I also decided to use a dj versus live music for the entire event.  Rachel guided us towards Hank Lane music, and after a few phone calls, we were able to map out all of the music for the entire night.  They handled everything from the gathering music, soloist microphones, cocktail hour/dinner music, announcements and introductions, special lighting, and then music for the dancing.  Our dj was incredibly detailed and very clear with his communication which made planning easy.  Above and beyond that was his incredible talent during the dance party portion of the reception.  So many guests commented about his amazing ability to keep everyone on the dance floor.

Finally, Rachel pointed us towards By Yena Designs for our flowers.  Being a landscape architect, I felt a little pressure to have great flowers.  We had the idea of wanting to use cherry blossoms throughout as they’re not only  incredibly gorgeous and in season during April, but they also have a sentimental meaning for Jonathan’s family as their home is nestled within a cherry orchard in Northern California.   Our flowers were above and beyond anything we had hoped for.  Just like Rachel, Yena is also a very straight-forward person, and so we planned the entire look for the wedding within a single phone call and a few emails.  The flowers were without a doubt one of the lasting impressions made upon our guests.  We could not be happier with how Yena’s company produced everything.

All of that said, we could not be happier with how our wedding turned out.  Our expectations were exceeded beyond anything we ever imagined, and we could not be more grateful.  The Palace Hotel will always hold a special place in the heart of our family.

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“The Palace was nothing short of magical”

"[We] knew that having a destination wedding in New York City was going to be an adventure for many of our invited guests… We wanted something with charm, elegance, and an interesting history. The Villard Mansion fit all of these criteria. I wrote to Rachel W. about the possibility of hosting our wedding in the mansion, and I was overwhelmed by how it all just fell into place."

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