Everyone knows a wedding is one the most important and time consuming event in ones life. Many women become very stressed out during the planning of their big day and I am not exempt from that commonality. We wanted an elegant yet comfortable affair that would not allow our guests to be seated since, we had a live latin band called, 'Soneros De Oriente' whom played the popular Cuban style El Son music. The composer and arranger was my husband's 90 year old grandfather, Maestro Ramon Emilio Aracena and he surprised us by writing a song especially for us called, "Las Gardenias." Our guests had limited seating and many danced to the band.
Our wedding registry was from a site called Zola.com and we enjoyed picking sustainable household items made by artists from all over the world. We live in a luxury loft on the New York Bay with 12 foot ceilings, granite counter tops, bamboo wood floors, marble flooring and tiles in our bathrooms. Eco-friendly and sustainability is a must have so, our gifts were compatible with our lifestyle. We received many gifts but the ones that we use daily are; 8 beautifully designed gold plated chargers and 4 platinum Japanese appetizer plates in various sizes that work perfectly for entertaining guests.
And since we both are avid decor fanatics, my now husband and and I had decided to bring elements of our home decor into the reception space where we would host our wedding guests. The space that we choose was 15 minutes from our wedding ceremony location at St. Henry's Church & Cathedral in Bayonne, New Jersey, which was the all glass observatory tower at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The space was located in the original building inside the science museum, on the banks of the Hudson River with views overlooking the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan skyline and other scenic views. The museum has great exhibition rooms and even featured a World Trade Center exhibit room where we took photos with our wedding party. Both St. Henry's Church & Cathedral and the reception venue worked well with the newly wed Prince who wore a custom tuxedo in brocade material by the design team at Harlem Haberdashery in New York City and Princess wore an Allure dress bought at Alura's Bridal Boutique in Bayonne, New Jersey.
The observatory tower gave us the opportunity to display our chandelier wedding cake created by baker Dana from Desserts By Dana. An event planning team worked with Dana to design the contraction that would hoist the cake to the near top of the peak in the observatory tower. It was to be the focal point of the reception area and was able to be lowered when the time came for the cake to be cut. Our baker did a fabulous job and none of our guests knew it was our wedding cake, they all thought it was a wedding decoration. Delicious and decorated it was, the chandelier cake even resembled our chandelier hanging in the dining room of our Victorian home in the mountains. All of the guest were stunned as the cake was lowered and you could image the oh's and ah's that was heard throughout the venue!
The last hour included the popular Cuban drink, mojitos and we ended the night with our friend, DJ Ed playing the latest dance and hip hop music as well as, some 80's hits. The planning was more stressful than the event but, our home is filled with wonderful gifts that we will cherish and use from our family and close friends. I think it's important to use a gift registry that is not only cost effective for your guests, but that has quality products that will suite your style and the decor of your home.