Right before the pandemic shut everything down worldwide, we had the honor to do this spectacular destination wedding in Cartagena, Colombia.
The inspiration came from the bride’s wedding dress. Early on in the planning process, the bride had expressed her love of color. Initially, we started working with tropical colors such as yellows, oranges bright pinks and reds, and colors from the local tropical flowers available. But then we got a peek of the wedding dress design and that was a game-changer in the whole inspiration process. The bride, a well known New York lingerie entrepreneur, had her design crew, create a dress uniquely for her stunning body and personality. The result was sweet, romantic, bold, flirty, vibrant, and totally irresistible that truly captured her vibrant and groom’s fun personality. The pallet color were variations from off-white, peach, pink, lilac, purples to deep wine hues. We took this to create the style and design for her wedding. It is no secret to any planner, that the majority of brides envision pure whites for their wedding day and decor. So when we get a bride that is open to color, we jump on to the project with a lot of enthusiasm. This wedding was no exception.
The ceremony took place at the emblematic Baluarte Santigo Apostol on the walled city. This particular Baluarte has a one of a kind view of the spectacular sunsets the city offers every evening. We knew that the sunset colors would complement those chosen for the floral design, so we purposely chose the location with this in mind. Being a Jewish celebration, we also knew that the Chuppah would be the main focal point of the wedding tradition. So it was positioned right in front of the “Garita” structure which created the illusion of being part of the Chuppah structure, for the guest and for the couple as they walked down the aisle. The floral design was a continuous ombre of color that intertwine up into the Chuppah structure. The wedding ceremony was beyond everything we planned for. The bride’s wedding dress, the spectacular floral decor by Vivaflor, topped by the unbelievable sunset hues created a magical, dream experience for the guest and all.
After the wedding, the guests were guided down the city streets to the front terrace of the ironic Hotel Santa Teresa by a procession of dancers and musicians, to a cocktail offered by the groom’s parents. From there, the guests were guided up to the Baluarte San Fransisco Javier. For the reception, we went with a twist in the design still using the same color hues but taking it to a new another level. The out-of-this-world floral designs from the inimitable Vivaflor Eventos are simply food for the soul and enchantment for the heart. Nothing compares to their vision and artistry. They took our design and created cascades of flowers on the imperial mirrored tables. The bride indicated that she liked chandeliers so we asked them to create floral chandeliers that were position through the reception to compliment the Cristal chandeliers throughout. The overall effect had a UGH! effect on all the guests. It was a night to remember. We even captured an amateur video of one of the celebrity guests taking a video of the site. See if you can guess who the celebrity guest is in the video. ( Hint: Shark Tank)
Photography: RGT Producciones, and Roberto Casas Photography
Florals: Vivaflor Eventos
Venues: Baluarte Santiago Apostol de Cartagena, Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa, Baluarte San Francisco Javier
Catering: Baluarte San Francisco Javier
Bakery: La Pastelería de Natalia Martinez
Makeup Artist: Diego Moya Salon
Lighting and Sound Production: Playa Producciones & RV Producciones
Rentals: Adriana Santos Rentals, Premier Rentals and Cartagena Mágica Rentals.
Musicians: Felipe Madariaga, Poly Barragan y su Orquesta, Nelson Gomez Servicios Musicales
Dancers: Soneros de Cartagena
Fireworks: Pirotécnicos Cachy