Laura and Ernesto met through Laura's cousin. "My family spends every New Year's Eve in Uruguay," she says. "One year, my cousin invited along two friends from business school, one of whom was Ernesto." For their wedding, Laura wore a Pronovias gown and an heirloom veil, while Ernesto wore a tux from Men's Wearhouse.
The Catholic ceremony was held at the Church of St. Thomas More on the Upper East Side.
The couple hosted their wedding at Capitale, an event space in the former Bowery Savings Bank. Guests found their seating assignments on printed boards designed to look like electronic trading boards at the New York Stock Exchange, a nod to the fact that Ernesto works in financial services. As they entered the main room, guests were greeted by a mariachi band, a tribute to the couple's Latin roots.
Dinner, catered by the venue, included an appetizer of lobster risotto and a choice of cod or filet mignon. Tables were topped with mirrors and arrangements of elephant palms set among pillar candles. "The exquisite ceiling was reflected in the mirrored tabletops—very glamorous," says Laura.
For their first dance, Laura and Ernesto chose "Amarte Es un Placer" by Luis Miguel. "He's a Mexican music icon," says Laura. "The lyrics to this song are so romantic." Later, the couple and their guests danced to Top 40, '80s, and Latin music played by the Harris Lane Band. At the end of the night, everyone was treated to tacos served from an El Rey del Sabor truck parked in front of the venue.
"We wanted a venue that could hold 300 people and be fun for our out-of-town guests," says Laura. "And the swanky upstairs lounge was perfect for the after-party."
Photos: Alison Mayfield/Christian Oth Studio
Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Ceremony Site: St. Thomas More || Reception Site: Capitale || Event Planner: Fête Event Planning & Design || Mariachi Band: 917-709-3885 || Music: Harris Lane Band || Food Truck: El Rey del Sabor, 917-837-8278 || Photographer: Alison Mayfield/Christian Oth Studio
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