Hidden among the trees on Grymes Hill in Staten Island sits Casa Belvedere, an undeniable gem overlooking the New York waterfront. This venue captures Italy’s rich and vibrant culture and more than lives up to its name, which in Italian means “house with a beautiful view.”
When Bianca and Nick chose us to be the wedding photographers for their big day, we were thrilled to get the chance to document a wedding at this unique venue. With Bianca’s Italian heritage, it was only fitting that they chose a venue that is such an authentic representation of her culture.
Casa Belvedere is a historic Italian-style mansion located on the highest point of Staten Island. It was originally built in 1908 by the Roebling-Stirn family and has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur. The mansion has two terraces perfect for guests and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. It’s the prime location for a grand scenic wedding with breathtaking views of the New York Harbor and the Verrazano Bridge.
In addition to being a picturesque wedding venue, this not-for-profit organization is a celebration of all things Italian. They offer cooking classes, art exhibits, and cultural events year-round. Casa Belvedere has established itself as a vibrant cultural center and is a staple in the Staten Island community.
Bianca and Nick’s Casa Belvedere Staten Island wedding was a lavish affair, and their love for one another was evident in every detail. The venue served as the perfect backdrop for their big day. Here are some of our favorite moments from their wedding day!
Getting Ready at the Beekman Hotel
Before making their way to Casa Belvedere, the bride and groom began their wedding day by getting ready at the luxurious Beekman Hotel. The hotel is located in Lower Manhattan and is a New York City landmark. The Beekman is a perfect location for getting ready photos because of its striking architecture and grandiose nine-story atrium.
Bianca got ready in a spacious suite with her bridal party by her side. She blew us all away with a beautiful fitted v-neck gown that was sleek, elegant, and timeless.
Nick waited anxiously to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day. He donned a classic black tuxedo, and we could tell he was eager to finally see her. The Beekman’s atrium was the perfect location for their first look. It allowed for a grand and romantic reveal under the soft, natural lighting from above.
After the first look, we took some time to capture portraits of Bianca and Nick around the Beekman. We loved taking advantage of the hotel’s Victorian-era architectural elegance as it complimented the couple’s timeless style.
Our bride and groom were radiating joy and love, and we feel so lucky that we were able to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments for them. One photo we won’t forget is this heartwarming moment between Bianca, Nick, and their adorable Dog of Honor.
The intimate ceremony took place at a beautiful church. Only the families, groomsmen, and bridesmaids were in attendance to witness the couple exchange their vows. Bianca made a grand entrance as she walked down the aisle with her father by her side. As she made her way to the altar, Nick couldn’t take his eyes off his beautiful bride. After exchanging their vows, the newlyweds left together in a vintage car and made their way to Casa Belvedere.
The Reception at Casa Belvedere
Our beautiful couple chose to take their photos with the wedding party on the spectacular grounds of Casa Belvedere before the reception began. For the photos, Bianca changed into her reception dress, a beautiful asymmetrical gown designed to fit her like a glove. The high slit allowed for plenty of movement, which made this show-stopping dress perfect for twirling on the dance floor.
After taking photos with their wedding party, the couple made their grand entrance onto the terrace for cocktail hour. The space was decorated with white florals, glowing candles, and subtle elements of greenery. While the live band played, guests enjoyed some delicious fresh seafood, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks while they mingled with one another.
Their reception was held in the ballroom, which was set up for a plated dinner service. The tables were decorated with white linens, tiered candles, and beautiful floral centerpieces. At the center of the room was the dancefloor, which was seldom empty throughout the evening.
There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as the couple took to the dancefloor for their first dance. The way our newlyweds gazed into each other’s eyes with genuine smiles on their faces as they danced was something truly special. The father-daughter and mother-son dances were also very emotional moments that had everyone in attendance tearing up.
Afterward, the dance floor quickly filled up with guests eager to celebrate the newlyweds. The live band and DJ kept the energy high all night long and had everyone out of their seats dancing the night away.
The couple took a break from the festivities to cut the cake. The two lovingly fed each other a piece after Nick playfully smeared some on Bianca’s nose. Our newlyweds then left Casa Belvedere under an archway of twinkling sparklers held above their heads by their beloved friends and family.
Make Your Own Memories at Casa Belvedere Staten Island Wedding Venue!
Casa Belvedere is a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate both intimate and grand weddings. The picturesque views and the spectacular Italian architecture make it a truly unique Staten Island wedding venue.
We feel so fortunate to have photographed Bianca and Nick’s wedding day at such a special place. We hope that their wedding photos will inspire you to make your own beautiful memories at Casa Belvedere.
If you loved our photography style in these Casa Belvedere Staten Island wedding photos, view our full gallery here. If you’re looking for a New York wedding photographer for your own wedding, visit Julian Ribinik Photography. We’d love to hear about your vision for your special day.