Friday, September 30, 2011

Stunning Southampton Wedding!

The rain, torrential at times, made the 12-day installation for this project slightly challenging, but that's what we do!  However come wedding day, the skies cleared up (a bit) and everything turned out beautiful! 

A plywood sub-floor was built over 4 feet high in order to place the dinner tent (a 50'x165' clear Navi-Trac) on the same level as the pool and cocktail area, creating a seamless environment for the guests.  Dwayne Holmgren from Raul Avila Inc was the mastermind of that creation.  From the flow of the event, to the decor and special touches throughout, it was truly an elegant design for the family's special day. I can't wait to see what he has in store for his next project!

Here are a few photos of prep and event day.  Click any photo to view a larger version.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chappy Island Wedding

Last month we had the pleasure of providing the reception tent and ancillary services for a beautiful wedding on Chappaquiddick Island off of Martha's Vineyard.  Event planner, JoAnn Gregoli from Elegant Occasions orchestrated the logistics of this event and pulled off a spectacular wedding that the bride, groom and family will remember forever.  It's often times difficult enough to plan a wedding considering the detail and stress that comes with the job for an event planner, but this was a bit crazy when it came to the actual planning and logistics.
If you've ever been to Martha's Vineyard in August, you know there aren't many other places more crowded than that small island. You would also know that it's very difficult to even get a single car on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard without a reservation made well in advance.  Not only that, but once on Martha's Vineyard, we then had to take a MUCH smaller ferry (shown above) to get to Chappaquiddick Island.  Well, now consider the fact that we had some 20 truck loads of equipment that had to get on the ferries at staggered times through the week leading up to the wedding.  Of course we weren't the only vendor either.  There were catering trucks, lighting, decor, etc.  And how about lodging?  Have you tried to get a single room on or near that island in August?  Try getting rooms for all these vendors and crew! 

Have I mentioned that President Obama was there the same week?!!?

JoAnn and her team were spectacular by pulling this all off without a hitch!  Steve Frost, owner and president of Stamford Tent & Event Services also did a great job managing the event, during moments that he wasn't making sure that the beaches on the island's say, supervised.  His mobile office shown below.

This project featured an 80'x100' Century Tent with a fully leveled sub floor, topped with our custom-made hardwood floor in the English Chestnut variety, along with English Chestnut steps and railing. 

Click on any of the photos below for a larger version:

Steve's "Mobile Office"

Thursday, September 1, 2011

MetLife Stadium

The new Giants Stadium (that’s right Jet fans, GIANTS Stadium) was initially named the New Meadowlands Stadium for the 2010-11 season. The National Football League's NY Giants and NY Jets now call MetLife Stadium home after the insurance company purchased the naming rights. The 25 year partnership was announced this past Friday at Bryant Park, with members of the Giants and Jets in attendance.  The event was squeezed in before hurricane Irene.

MetLife will most certainly host some attractive events during this time, with one VERY big one that comes to mind, the 2014 Super Bowl. It should provide quite the ROI for the insurance company in regard to nationally televised exposure and a variety of other opportunities that come along with hosting our country's most celebrated sporting event.

MetLife plans to take full advantage of the entire fan base and that should mean some exciting opportunities for football fans in the Tri-State in the form of ticket offers, face-to-face meetings with players and coaches, field passes, trips to away games, signed memorabilia and more. They have big plans to build a fan-focused sponsorship approach. It’s not just a big dog house for Snoopy when the football teams aren't playing.

I raise this piece of news initially because we were honored to provide tenting for the event, but also because I am a devout Giants fan, along with the President & Owner of Stamford Tent, Steve Frost and other fellow employees. It was great fun to be a part of this epic news and also to welcome MetLife to our crazy little world of sports fanaticism.

A few of our tents at the Bryant Park event.

NY Quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez and Eli Manning.

Snoopy welcoming Giants RB, Brandon Jacobs.

Jets coach, Rex Ryan speaks to the crowd as players and Giants coach, Tom Coughlin look on.

Former Giants WR, Amani Toomer standing in front of one of our frame tents.