Elizabeth & Bill

are getting married

May 27th, 2017

Welcome and Thank you!

We would like to take the time to welcome you to our wedding website and to thank you for your continued love and support as we plan to share this special day in our lives with you, our loved family and friends! Should we be so fortunate to have you join us for our wedding weekend, we hope that this website will answer any questions you might have about the events we have planned. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us! Check back for updates and details as we get closer to Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Thank you again for your support!


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Weekend Events

Welcome Drinks
May 26th, 2017 8:30PM - 10:30PM

Events at Stone Park

324 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Directions)

Event space behind Stone Park Cafe.
Entrance is on 3rd street between 4th and 5th Avenues.
Dressy Casual
A shuttle bus is available to bring guests to the Parker Meridian at the end of the evening.
Closest Subways: R - Union Street Station; F/G & R/M- 4th Avenue/9th Street Station

Wedding Ceremony
May 27th, 2017 4:00PM

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

7 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 (Directions)

At the conclusion of the ceremony buses will take all guests to the reception venue in Brooklyn. If you prefer to drive, there is a parking garage at 51 West 56th Street.

Closest Subways: N/R/Q - 57th Street Station; F - 57th Street Station; B - 7th Avenue Station; M - 5th Avenue/53rd Street Station

Wedding Reception
May 27th, 2017 6:30PM - 12:00AM

The Liberty Warehouse

260 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Directions)

At the end of the evening, at 11:15PM and 12:15AM, shuttle buses will take guests back to the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in Manhattan and The Holiday Inn Express in Brooklyn. If you prefer to drive, parking is available at the venue.

There is no subway near the wedding reception.

Sunday Brunch
May 28th, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Semmens Family Residence

539 Second Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Directions)

Please be advised, street parking is available, but limited.

Public transportation or car service/Uber is recommended.

Closest Subways: F - 7th Avenue Station; Q - 7th Avenue Station

We plan on grabbing a few drinks after the reception at Halyards, a bar in Gowanus. Though it is not an official wedding event, anyone is welcome to join us! The bar has drink specials, bar snacks and a pool table. If you would like to drop by, the Holiday Inn Shuttle bus will be stopping at Halyards on its route back to the hotel.


We are pleased to offer you two very different hotel options for our wedding weekend, both with discounted room rates.

We want to make the weekend as fun and easy for our guests as possible. Please take a look at our hotel write-ups and let us know if you have any questions. Do not hesitate to contact Susan or Patty should you have any issues when making room reservations.

We encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible since both blocks have a limited number of rooms. (They both have very generous cancellation policies should you decide closer to the date to stay elsewhere.)

Should you decide to strike out on your own and are considering booking an Airbnb, please feel free to contact Susan about locations in the city (Brooklyn or Manhattan). We don’t want you spending most of your time in transit. Also, know that the best Airbnbs here book up many months in advance, especially for a holiday weekend.

Transportation Notes:

You will not need a car for the wedding weekend, especially not on Saturday. If you are traveling by car into the city, please note that parking garage charges are often quite high and don’t allow in and out privileges. (Street parking is very difficult, if not impossible in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.) Once you arrive you will likely not have a reason to use your car again until you leave the city.

We will be providing transportation for all our guests from the church to the reception at Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn and then will provide buses at the end of the evening back to the block hotels.


119 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019 Important Instructions for how to book! Click me!


We are happy to be able to offer our primary block of rooms at this Manhattan hotel.

Le Parker Meridien is located just a few blocks south of Central Park and is also walking distance to Rockefeller Center, MOMA and the theater district. It is around the corner from Carnegie Hall, and best of all, just a two block walk to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, where the ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon.

Transportation will be provided from the church to the reception venue in Brooklyn and then back to the hotel at the end of the evening.


Superior King Bed

$249 per night (3 person max with added rollaway)

Superior Twin

$249 per night (2 people max, with two oversized single beds)

Tower Park View King Bed

$329.00 (Upgrade with Park View and High Floor)

Junior Suite

$399 per night (Junior Suite King + Queen Sofa Bed in living room)

These rates do not include the Facilities Fee of $15.00 plus tax, per room, per night, which includes: unlimited in-room high speed internet access for all your devices, use of the newly renovated Gravity Fitness, the glass enclosed penthouse pool, local and toll free calls, plus the weekday NY Times.

Please check with hotel for current daily parking charges and note there are no in/out privileges.

To book your rooms you can access the site: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/elizabethandbill

If booking more than one room or different types of rooms on one reservation, or if you don’t see the room type you want on the website, we recommend you call reservations at 800-543-4300 (remember that guests must reference "SEMMENS - LYNCH WEDDING ROOM BLOCK" to receive the rate via phone).

The hotel has given us a generous amount of rooms, but they can’t guarantee this special rate for reservations that are received once all rooms in our room block have been filled OR beyond Wednesday, April 26, 2017. If you think you want a room here, we encourage you to book as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about making your reservations, room availability or rates, or any special requests, please contact Susan or Patty, or our wedding coordinator Viva Max Kaley at viva@vivamaxweddings.com.

Notes from Hotel about occupancy:
Rates per guest room apply to single or double occupancy.
The charge for each additional adult guest or rollaway bed in a room is $50.00 per night plus tax.
Our Standard and Tower Parkview rooms accommodate a maximum of three (3) guests, which can be accommodated in a king-bedded room with a rollaway bed.
Standard and Tower Parkview Double rooms accommodate a maximum of two (2) guests.
Please note that these rooms have oversize twin beds which are smaller than a double bed. Quadruple occupancy can only be achieved in a Junior Suite, which has a king bed and a queen size pull- out sofa bed.

One other note - don’t miss the burger joint in the lobby, reported to be one of the best burgers in town!

Holiday Inn Express

625 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Important Instructions for how to book! Click me!

Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn

We have reserved a smaller block of rooms for the more adventurous and budget minded at this Holiday Inn Express in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Gowanus is an industrial/commercial area experiencing a transition, with bars and restaurants popping up amidst the warehouses and auto repair shops. The hotel is not near either the church or the reception venue, but it is a short cab ride (or longer walk) to the Semmens family home and the restaurants and boutiques of Park Slope’s Fifth and Seventh Avenues. It is also two blocks from both the The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (21 years + only) and the Semmens family’s favorite ice cream shop, Ample Hills Creamery.

On Saturday we will be providing transportation from the hotel to the church in Manhattan, to the reception venue in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and then back to the hotel at the end of the evening. Details to come!

The hotel is modest with limited amenities, and parking is not guaranteed. There is a connected small lot behind the hotel. (Check with the hotel desk for the current daily charge).

Rooms in the block are available for Friday, 5/26 and Saturday, 5/27. To book rooms outside those two dates please contact: SHARON GENTLES (Sales Coordinator) directly at 347-436-1949. No deposit is required and they have a generous cancellation policy for our block.


One King Bed (2 persons max, nonsmoking)

$189 per night

Two Double Beds (4 person max, nonsmoking)

$209 per night

(718) 797-1133
Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn

**UNTIL APRIL 26, 2017** (OR until the room block has fully booked, whichever comes first.)

Wedding Day Shuttle Timing

To the ceremony: Please walk to the Church
(if it is raining we will have a shuttle bus available at 3:45pm)

To the reception: Buses will depart the Church at the conclusion of the ceremony

End of the night: Buses will bring guests back to the hotel at 11:15pm and 12:15pm

To the ceremony: A shuttle bus will pick up guests on Union Street at 2:45pm

To the reception: Buses will depart the Church at the conclusion of the ceremony

End of the night: Buses will bring guests back to the hotel at 11:15pm and 12:15pm

Things to Do

There are so many amazing restaurants, shops, and fun things to do in New York City, both in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. We have made a list of some of our favorite places and activities near both of the hotels should you have time to explore these neighborhoods during the weekend. Of course, if you wish to venture out of these areas, feel free to reach out to us for more recommendations.

Park Slope and Gowanus, Brooklyn:
(Near Holiday Inn Express/Semmens Family Home/Events at Stone Park)

*** Reservations recommended.

Stone Park Cafe: (Park Slope) Restaurant for Events at Stone Park where the Welcome Drinks party is being held, one of our favorite restaurants in New York. ***

Al Di La: (Park Slope) Limited reservations taken for parties of 6 or more. Early seating best if no reservation because it is one of the most popular restaurants in the Slope. ***

Blue Ribbon Brooklyn: (Park Slope) Extensive menu, something for everyone! Known for its raw bar. Try the bread puddings for dessert. ***

Luke’s Lobster: (Park Slope) Casual seafood with counter service. Beer on tap, lobster rolls, pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

Rose Water: (Park Slope) Seasonal American menu. Longtime family favorite on Union Street. ***

Two Boots: (Park Slope) “Two Boots” pizza, plus sliders, po' boys, salads and a selection of tap beers.

Bonnie’s Grill: (Park Slope) Casual burger joint.

Calexico: (Park Slope) Mexican restaurant that started as a food cart on the streets of Soho.

Le Pain Quotidien: (Park Slope) Casual Belgian bakery and restaurant. Good for a light breakfast, lunch and for picking up a coffee or tea and pastry to go.

Convivium Osteria: (Park Slope) Italian with nods to Spain and Portugal. ***

Dinosaur BBQ: (Gowanus) Good BBQ for NYC and live music on weekends, across the street from the Holiday Inn. ***

Freek’s Mill: (Gowanus) Check out the cocktails and unique menu. ***

Insa: (Gowanus) Korean BBQ, bar and karaoke. *** (Reservations a must for private karaoke rooms.)

Whole Foods: (Gowanus) Rooftop bar with a view of Gowanus and a great place to grab a quick meal and snacks.


Ample HIlls Creamery: (Gowanus) Favorite ice cream shop with rooftop deck, one of the top rated ice creams in NYC (and the USA.)

Culture: (Park Slope) Delicious fresh frozen yogurt and unique toppings. Near Stone Park Cafe on 5th Avenue.

Everyman Espresso: (Park Slope) Great coffee and espresso.

Konditori: (Park Slope) Swedish Espresso Bar.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds: (Park Slope/Gowanus) Brooklyn Pie Shop. Sold by the slice.


Royal Palms Shuffleboard: (Gowanus) Bar with shuffleboard courts, must be 21 or older. Very popular place.

Threes Brewing: (Gowanus)

Lavender Lake: (Gowanus)

The Gate: (Park Slope) Local bar across the street from Stone Park Cafe on 5th Avenue.


Visit Prospect Park: (Park Slope) The largest park in Brooklyn, designed by Olmsted and Vaux, the same team who designed Central Park. Entry into the 525 acre public park is a short walk from the Semmens Family Home and a longer walk from the Holiday Inn Express.

Walk Along 5th Avenue in Park Slope: Check out the many boutiques, bars, restaurants and eateries along this always changing commercial avenue of Park Slope.

Brooklyn Museum: Special exhibit: “Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern” requires timed tickets.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden:

Midtown, Manhattan:
(Near Le Parker Meridien/Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church)

*** Reservations recommended.

Burger Joint: Popular burger dive in Le Parker Meridien Hotel. Go early to avoid long lines.

Norma’s: Upscale breakfast and brunch restaurant in Le Parker Meridien. Reservations necessary in advance.***

La Bonne Soupe: Casual French bistro with great soups and salads, good for lunch and dinner. One of Elizabeth’s favorite childhood restaurants and on the same block as the church.

Le Pain Quotidien: Casual Belgian bakery and restaurant. Good for a light breakfast, lunch and for picking up a coffee or tea and pastry to go.

La Esquina Taqueria: Offshoot of La Esquina, a popular Mexican restaurant in Soho. This taqueria just opened on 55th Street and is a good place to grab a quick bite if you like Mexican. (200 West 55th St, between 7th and 8th Aves)

Astro Restaurant (Diner): All-day diner that's been serving classic Greek & American comfort food for decades.

Dean and Deluca: Cafe across the street from the hotel that has coffee and food to go. Good place to grab a quick snack or light breakfast and lunch.

Maison Kayser: French Boulangerie. Counter service or sit down breakfast and more.

Grom: Best gelato and rich hot chocolate, next door to Maison Kayser. (1796 Broadway)


There is an upscale bar in the hotel but if you prefer something more low key and reasonably priced, check out these local pubs:

McGees Pub:

Irish Pub:

Old Castle:

Faces and Names:


Visit Central Park: A few blocks away from Le Parker Meridien. The main entrance is at Columbus Circle, corner of 59th Street and Central Park South but there are multiple entrances along Central Park South.

Carnegie Hall: Right around the corner from the Le Parker Meridien on Seventh Avenue.

The Plaza: Enjoy afternoon tea at The Palm Court in this historic hotel or explore the shops and food hall on the Concourse Level.

Museum of Modern Art: Elizabeth’s favorite museum in NYC. Check out the permanent collection as well as The Modern, a top rated restaurant and cocktail bar at the museum. (More casual eateries are inside.)

Walk Along Fifth Avenue: Right outside the doors of the church and a few blocks away from the hotel are some of the most popular stores for shopping and sites including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center where you can have a great view of NYC and beyond from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Columbus Circle & Time Warner Center: Gallery of shops, restaurants, including Whole Foods. For late night jazz, check out Dizzy’s Club, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner Center.

Broadway/Theater District: Times Square and the Theater District are just a few blocks south of Le Parker Meridien should you wish to see a show while you are visiting. Or if you just wish to witness the lights of Times Square from afar, stand on Seventh Avenue and 56th Street and look south.