“Caught up in the Electricity of Our Moment” – Wedding Q&A With Bride Jayme Beth Norton

The New York Palace is known as one of New York City’s most stunning venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions, offering exceptional service and 24,000 square feet of elegant space. The hotel is home to landmarked brownstone architecture, a placid courtyard, and an array of flexible spaces for gatherings of any size.

Newlywed Jayme Beth Norton recently hosted her wedding and reception at The Palace. She was kind enough to field a few questions on her experience at the New York City wedding venue – from the planning process to her grand entrance to the New York-themed cuisine at the reception.

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1.       What was the most memorable piece of your wedding experience at The New York Palace?

As a bride, one of the most anticipated moments was the first time my husband would see me in my gown. We placed that “reveal” on the grand staircase of The Palace because it was the most regal and ornate backdrop to our moment. Our family and friends were cheering from the balcony. Even strangers wandering in from Madison Avenue were caught up in the electricity of our moment. This is something I will never forget.

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2.       Why would you recommend The Palace for a wedding or reception?

Service and attention to detail were one of the several reasons why we would recommend the Palace. Many brides warned me about all the things that could go wrong on your wedding day, but this was not possible at the Palace. I felt confident that our day would go off without a hitch. Prior to the wedding, Billy P. was always responsive to our questions and helped us plan our reception exactly the way we wanted it. Keep in mind, we were planning this from our home in Boston several hundred miles away. We still felt that it was a very personalized experience.

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3.       Which elements of The Palace’s dining, drinks, and food and beverage services most stood out to you?

The food was over the top with creativity and quality. Our guests raved over how delicious everything was. The bartenders and servers were efficient and very friendly. The staff even made sure to stock the bar with our favorite beer and spirits. Since our theme was Old New York, we wanted a Coney Island hot dog stand. Billy suggested that we do a New York themed table with hot dogs, knishes, hot pretzels and roasted chestnuts. It was outstanding! Additionally, having a cake made be the Sweet Genius Chef Ron Ben Israel was a truly fabulous experience!

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4.       How did the hotel’s newly renovated spaces contribute to the overall wedding experience?

We had several unique settings for our wedding; including the newly renovated lobby paired with an historic grand courtyard entrance. The new bar was a fabulous place for our guests to socialize without having to coordinate a meeting spot outside the hotel. The pastry shop was a perfect new addition as well. The ceremony space was great. The Holmes room was spacious with beautiful woodwork and gorgeous new chandeliers from Italy. The Bridal Suite was the absolute best room we’ve ever stayed in: a marble master bath, a huge bedroom with a big fluffy bed, an enormous living room with a wrap-around couch that fit my entire bridal party comfortably and a kitchen that was used to set up the perfect bridal luncheon. The renovations were perfect.

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Special thanks to Julian Ribinik for the photography.

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Stay, Dine and Win a Signed Copy of Michel Richard’s “Happy in the Kitchen”

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style or make a late winter pilgrimage to one of the city’s most romantic new restaurants by staying at The Palace and dining at The Gallery at Villard Michel Richard to receive a personally inscribed copy of Chef Michel Richard’s best-selling cookbook Happy in the Kitchen.

Palace Guests who arrange an accompanying reservation at The Gallery at Villard Michel Richard anytime through March 1 will receive a free copy of Happy in the Kitchen, a book that broadcasts Chef Michel’s trademark creativity, charm and talent to aspiring cooks of all ability levels.

The Gallery is an intimate 50-seat space, located in the historic Villard Mansion, that serves as a picture-perfect venue for Chef Michel’s prix-fixe menu and Promenade Gourmand tasting menu, each imbued with the chef’s signature sophistication and whimsy.

Once you have reserved your stay at The Palace, please contact the restaurant at 212.891.8100 or The New York Palace Concierge team at 212.303.6033 to reserve your table in The Gallery and to arrange chef Michel’s personalized inscription on your copy of Happy in the Kitchen.

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Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in New York City

As an important center of African-American history and the present-day home of an array of diverse residents and travelers alike, New York City is the perfect place to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In addition to the events and celebrations detailed below, the city offers plenty of engaging and inspiring activities to explore during the three-day weekend. Central Park is beautiful in the winter, providing a quiet respite to balance the shopping, dining and shows of Midtown Manhattan. If you do want to find excitement and elegance, it’s never far at The Palace, home to the acclaimed restaurant Villard Michel Richard and Trouble’s Trust, Manhattan’s best new cocktail bar.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014 Events in NYC

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tour in Historic Harlem

Home of the famous Harlem Renaissance and well-known cultural attractions like the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver’s Row, and the Apollo Theater, Harlem is to this day an important hub of African-American business, art and culture. This two-hour tour, operated by Big Onion Walking Tours, meets at 135th Street and Lenox Avenue (just a short subway ride away from The Palace) and costs just $20. The tour will traverse the historic blocks of Central Harlem, passing by sites frequented by W.E.B DuBois, Malcolm X, and other luminaries of African-American history.

Learn more at www.bigonion.com.

Harlem Gospel Choir Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Matinee Show

One of the country’s most prominent and acclaimed choirs delivers a special matinee performance to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The 65-member choir will perform at noon at the BB King Blues Club, in the heart of Times Square. The Harlem Gospel Choir’s shows are known for their enthusiasm and unfettered joy – the perfect way to celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most influential and inspiring figures.

Find out more at www.harlemgospelchoir.com.

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at The Studio Museum

Offering a unique glimpse of the emergence and development of black performance art in the decades since Martin Luther King, Jr. worked for integration and equality, this exhibit features more than 100 works by 36 artists. Video, performance-based photography, interactive works, and performance installations are on display this winter at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Learn more at www.studiomuseum.org.

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