Choosing a location for their August wedding was the hardest part of designing their wedding day. Both Paloma and Gabriel had family in Mexico, but the couple wanted to be married in Boston, where they had begun their lives together. Once they saw the Boston Public Library, the decision became easier. “We thought it was so gorgeous,” says Paloma. “It’s very regal and elegant.”
The beautiful venue meant the couple could take a simple approach to planning. For the ceremony in the Abbey Room (“It has a very spiritual feeling,” says the bride), they created a striking wall of greens in the antique fireplace – a suggestion from the bride’s mother, a landscape architect. In her own bouquet, Paloma included miniature calla lilies as a tribute to her grandfather, who had recently passed away. “It was his favorite flower,” she says.
For the courtyard reception, the couple celebrated their shared heritage with Mexican touches. Traditional paper-lace banners fluttered above the party while guests enjoyed a Mariachi band and sampled a raw bar. “We wanted to give everyone a treat to experience Boston,” says Paloma. Other treats included the beer and wine list (a creative collaboration between the couple, who are craft beer enthusiasts, and their oenophile fathers); a wedding carrot cake (“My parents had it at their wedding,” says Paloma); and late-night milkshakes. To keep the dance floor festive, they brought out fun props such as inflatable guitars and plastic sunglasses: “Party favors are a Mexican tradition,” says Paloma.
It was nearly 2:30 in the morning when the guests waved paper flags in farewell to the couple. “People had come from so far away,” says Paloma. “We wanted to make the night last and make sure we gave them an experience that was worth the trip.”
Copy by Nicole Maranhas
Images by Corinna Raznikov Photography
Additional Vendors: Officiant: Thomas Welch // Bridal Gown: Vera Wang // Bridal Accessories: Kate Spade // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG.com // Makeup: Stacey Frasca // Invitations + Paper Products: Rifle Paper Co. // Reception Entertainment: C-Zone Entertainment // Photo Booth: Shutterbooth New England // Videography: Next Level Films // Green Wall Installation: Plantasia Interiors // Mariachi Band: Mariachi Connecticut