Apr 09, 2011

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Moran’s was a perfect venue for our wedding reception for many reasons: it has a friendly atmosphere, excellent food and drink, extremely friendly staff and the best event coordinator/manager you could wish for, Tom Murphy.

From the moment we first met Tom I think I knew that Moran’s was where I wanted to hold our wedding reception. Tom is very straight talking, none of the typical NYC “fluff” and he made it clear very early on that he would have everything covered on the wedding day and in safe hands. Everytime we met Tom he was very professional, courteous and although he’s obviously a very busy man, he fit us in even when we turned up unannounced.

Over the months we worked with Tom on our wedding, he showed flexibility (we changed the table arrangement many times and completed the reception in a rather odd order), willingness to go above and beyond (he entertained specific requests for Australian wine and a specific signature cocktail from Australia) and shared his experience which allowed us to develop, with him, the best reception we would have hoped for (in fact better!).

As the wedding drew closer, Tom kindly allowed us to store items at Moran’s (we made our own centerpieces, place names etc) and he also dealt with enquiries from other members of the wedding party such as my Mum! Tom was even gracious enough to work with our wedding day planner and ensure that they fulfilled their duties as well.

On the day of the wedding Tom and his staff were beyond wonderful. Everyone was looked after extremely well and he even had a team charged with completing our photo guest book for us - way beyond the call of duty, but immensely appreciated. He ran everything like clockwork, dealt with anything thrown his way (we had a birthday cake to present and had to present it earlier than expected - the cake Moran’s produced was amazing) and all our guests kept commenting on how much they enjoyed the food and location of the reception.

Looking back on our wedding day now, I still find it astounding that we were able to find a reception location in the middle of Manhattan, at an extremely reasonable price and with such a great team of people (and great food!).

I can’t recommend Moran’s to anyone enough - Tom and his staff go above and beyond what you would expect and it’s because of their efforts that our wedding reception was the amazing success it was. Truly exceptional.
Services used: Wedding Venue

Starbright Floral Design
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Starbright were the second florist I visited during the process of identifying a florist for our wedding and I am so very pleased I did. I had visited the first florist with my thoughts for the wedding flowers, hoping for some direction based on their experience, not expecting to be told that I could not have the purple flowers I really wanted (I didn’t have specific flowers in mind, simply purple). When I mentioned this experience to Tom Sebenius at Starbright he thought I was joking. He told me he would certainly work with me to get purple flowers at my wedding and was friendly and not at all over-imposing.

I spent some time with Tom running through the ideas and photos I had and what I loved most about Tom’s approach was that he took my ideas and made them even better. His experience as a florist came through for me and he developed ideas I hadn’t thought of and instead of being told I could not have purple flowers, I was being presented with multiple options for lovely arrangements and bouquets. Tom really listened to me and didn’t make me feel like my ideas were wrong - he truly built on them and brought an element to my wedding I could not have done on my own.

When the flowers arrived on the wedding day I was not disappointed - they were absolutely wonderful, Starbright had gone above and beyond and delivered fresh, perfectly arranged flowers for the wedding. The church pew flowers were delightful - I couldn’t believe that Tom had managed to put my idea into reality. The flowers at the alter were truly beautiful. During the ceremony my husband to be turned to me and told me that the flowers were beautiful - coming from someone who doesn’t usually comment on flowers this was great to hear and had me beaming from ear to ear with a smile.

My bouquet was constructed beautifully and when I saw my flower girl’s bouquet it brought me to tears. Tom’s idea for the bridesmaids bouquets to be all colours of purple worked a treat against their dark plum dresses and the button holes and corsages were truly lovely.

Tom worked with me on price and I found his prices to be extremely reasonable - and cheaper than the first florist who refused to work with purple! I can tell Tom truly takes pleasure in delivering the very best for his brides and I thank him and his team for all their efforts in making our wedding flowers so very beautiful.
Services used: Flowers