We have thrown ourselves head-first into today’s New York wedding and the fun is just getting started. After the beauty of the ceremony from Part I, we get to kick our shoes off and get cozy with a knock-out reception crafted by the Bride and Xochitl of A.a.B. Creates  who poured their hearts into the design and planning of this wedding and it shows. From the gold animal statues to that gilded cake by Nine Cakes and right on through to the color-filled florals by Melarosa, it’s one big, scrumptious piece of eye candy as seen through the lens of Heather Waraksa + Dave Robbins Photography. And this beauty ends with Tequila + Tacos, as all great parties should. See so much more from the day right here! And sit tight because we have some fabby, fab DIY’s coming your way in just a bit.

And now for the film by Kiss the Bride Films that will have you tearing up and dancing along with this couple as they celebrate their “I Do’s” in such a beautiful, Big City infused way. Take a peek…

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From Xochitl of A.a.B. CreatesWhen guests entered the dining room the first thing that they saw was the absolutely AMAZING cake the Betsy at Nine Cakes created. Mayra loves Gold and actually had been obsessed with a cake Betsy created for a photo shoot we did together that was featured on Style Me Pretty a couple of years ago. So for this, we told her to “Go Gold,” and she absolutely outdid herself. The ribbon wall we made with ribbons from Tinsel Trading, and all of the peach linens were made from fabrics we found at Mood. The space, usually a raw loft, was adorned with an amazing crystal chandelier and golden lights from Luminous Designs.  And the bar, the focus of the room at any great party, was decorated with the most amazing bar runner from Original Runner Co, who took the logo that Regas New York designed and turned it, literally, into gold.  

For dinner we wanted to mix and marry rustic and glamour and chose to seat guests at three square farm tables with amazing golden and pearl overlays that we had made to showcase the wood of the tables. Not to take away from the delicacy of the linen, we went with an amazing clear ghost chair. Since there were only three tables (and 35 people including the amazing photographers), instead of table numbers, we decided to make table “animals.” There was a horse table (Mayra’s favorite animal), a buffalo table (Aja’s favorite food) and an elephant table (because elephants with upturned trunks are good luck). We found the animals online and painted them gold and then hand-stamped the escort cards with corresponding images. Our friend Margo collects and rents vintage French ceramics, and she offered to loan us some pieces for the wedding. Her collection of pitchers and cake stands seemed the perfect way to display the flowers and favors and Melanie of Melarosa created the most amazing sets of floral pieces for each table in the perfect range of peaches and orange. Mayra is a fruit addict, and it only seemed fitting to me that she have fruit around on her wedding day — and it was the perfect way to spread the orange hues around the room. Aja surprised Mayra by ordering wines from the Maldonado Vineyards in Napa, a vineyard they’d discovered last summer while out there, only to find it was owned by distant relatives of Mayra’s family. Guests dined on a Caprese salad duo and an out of this world braised short rib.  

Once Aja and Mayra decided to have their tequila and taco party, they quickly realized they needed another invitation. Aja, who used to DJ, loved these old 45 shaped records Mayra found on Etsy, and they set the tone perfectly that this was going to be a good time. DJ JVC provided the tunes, and The Taco Truck outside of the venue was the biggest hit of the night.  At the end of the night, guests took home little packets of Mexican wedding cookies baked by Betsy at Nine Cakes and wrapped in different peach and gold quilting fabrics. A sweet end to an amazing day.

Wedding Photography: Heather Waraksa + Dave Robbins Photography / Ceremony: St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University in New York, New York / Reception: The Tasting Room at Creative Edge in New York, New York / Event Design + Planning: A.a.B. Creates / Wedding Day Coordination: Just About Married / Floral Design: Melarosa / Wedding Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Catering: Creative Edge Parties / Wines: Maldonado Vineyards / Wedding Monogram + Ceremony Invitations: Regas New York / Reception Invitations: Ello There / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carol / Wedding Cake + Favors: Nine Cakes / Cake Stands + Vintage Ceramics: Margo’s Details / Taco Truck: The Taco Truck / Linens: Nuage Designs / Table Top Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Lighting: Luminous Designs, Inc. / Ghost Chairs: Taylor Creative Inc. / Bar Runner: Original Runner Co. / Ribbons for Ribbon Wall: Tinsel Trading Company / Mariachi: Elan Artists / DJ: DJ JVC of Blanc Noir Event Group / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via Lovely Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair + Makeup: My Hair and Makeup / Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein / Engagement Ring: megan thorne fine jewelry via Greenwich Jewelers

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