When one of your dear friends who also happens to be one of your favorite floral designers asks you to be her wedding planner, you jump at the chance. When Juli, of Juli Vaughn Designs, told me she wanted to plan an intimate wedding in NYC with her closest friends, I knew that it would be nothing short of magical. And it totally was.
Juli and Josh's venue of choice was Cata, a tapas restaurant on Bowery, which proved to be the perfect home for their wedding festivities. To set the mood, Gina Paola Design covered the entire ceiling in the dining room with hanging ranunculus and installed an enormous string installation in the bar area that spanned the entire length of the bar. Juli's Atlanta friends and floral assistants assembled and decorated a copper chuppah Juli crafted and which was so stunning that we decided to leave it suspended for dinner.
Following the ceremony, Juli, Josh and all of their guests hopped aboard a double decker bus for a mini-tour of Manhattan while the restaurant prepped for cocktail hour and dinner service. The candlelit cocktail hour was the perfect mix of smiles, laughter and delicious signature cocktails. Then, sitting down to dinner, guests were treated to an array of colors with Juli's florals, colorful napkins, and hand-calligraphed agate place cards. That dining room was like my dream come true!
With their bellies full from an amazing meal, guests moved back into the bar area for cake and a visit to the ice cream sundae bar before dancing the night away.