havana, cuba wedding | suzie and max
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Talk about a wedding of the year! My baby sis got married in a city that holds so much history for our family, Havana , Cuba! I can go on and on about our week spent in a city virtually untouched by tourism, the amazing people and the fabulous time we had celebrating suzie and max, but ill let my sister do the talking and my pics do the walking… yes I wore a couple hats that day!!! 😉 (sorry in advance for the extra long blog post)
Our wedding felt like a dream from the minute my ladies arrived at our penthouse overlooking the Atlantic for our hair and make-up session. My Dad, looking dapper in a custom made tuxedo from Hong Kong, arrived shortly after to take me to the church in a 1955, Tiffany-blue, classic American car. My something blue! The church was built at the end of the sixteenth century and was the perfect setting for our ceremony. The aisle to my groom, who looked very “1950s Havana” in his white tuxedo jacket, was decorated with rose petals and bunches of babies breath on tall glass vases for a mystical feel. We lit our unity candle from Lourdes, France and were blessed with holy water from the region as well, both of which my Grandmother gathered from her recent pilgrimage. The organist, soprano and harpist created the most captivating music throughout the ceremony and the most beautiful version of Ave Maria was sung, lifting our spirits!
A wedding in Havana wouldn’t be complete without a fleet of classic American cars to take you from the church to the reception. So off we went in 27 vintage cars to the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, an eighteenth century fortress complex, located on the eastern side of the harbor entrance of Havana.
Chandeliers sparkled over white modern furniture on a grassy area by the water for the cocktail hour and salsa dancers started to teach the guests some dance moves. Mojitos, cava and Cuban-inspired canapés were enjoyed by our 103 guests from 39 different countries as the sun set over the dynamic city of Havana Vieja. Skilled fire dancers then captured our attention before the guests collected their seating cards from cigar boxes filled with coffee beans. The dinner tables were decorated with candelabras of cascading white roses and glowed under strings of fairy lights brought from Hong Kong. Speeches were given, tears of joy were shed and we danced the night away to sounds from the incredibly talented Jazz Quintet, as well as Luna Manzanares, Cuba’s soul diva, and DjoydeCuba, Cuba’s best house DJ. We couldn’t have asked for more from the city that holds so much history for my family.
Dress: Annasul y
Jewelry: Jenny Packhman
Getting Ready:Plum Pretty Sugar
Veil: Parisienne Luxe
Tuxedo: William Cheng & Son Tailors, Hong Kong
Flowers: Aire de Fiesta Cuba
Tea Set: Anthropologie
Hair Piece: Anothropologie BHLDN
Videographer: Producciones Almendares
Cake: Kiro Cakes
Church Music: Moises Santiesteban, Johanna Simon and Mayte Rodriguez
Reception Music: Serenata Cubana, Jazz Quintet, Luna Manzanares, DjoydeCuba
Fire & Light Dancers: Giganteria Cuba
Reception Venue: La Divina Pastora, Havana, Cuba
Ceremony: Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis El Nuevo in Old Havana
Coordination: Aire de Fiesta, Mariam
Film Scans: PhotoVisionPrints