On November 8, I had the incredible privilege to act as bridesmaid at my good friend Kara’s wedding at The Plaza in New York City. Kara and I met in high school, bonding over our mutual distaste for our classmates and the grotesque idea of cafeteria food (although, in fairness, the cafeteria sold sushi). Eight years later, Kara found her Prince Charming and they lived happily ever after.
I was extremely nervous about the wedding, and just wanted to feel “myself”, so I made the decision to do my own makeup and hair the way I would for any other event – except I added at least half a can of hair spray. A few weeks before, I popped to my local Bobbi Brown for an eye makeup tutorial and hints on foundation. The final result was remarkably pretty, although I’m not sure I could replicate it!
The bridesmaid dress was a black satin mermaid fit gown. I accessorized with gold glitter heels and a statement necklace. The night before, my friend, Christina, pulled a faux fur jacket out of her closet and we decided I could not not wear it. It was the perfect piece to keep warm and extra chic.
The bride – my beautiful friend Kara – wore a customized dress by Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld. Her shoes were a stunning pair of bridal shoes by Rene Caovilla, which I intend to steal once I cut off half an inch from my toes. Her entire bridal look sparkled, from tiara to toes, which fit her perfectly – Kara is the most sparkly girl I know.
After the ceremony, which was held at St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral on the Upper East Side, we enjoyed a glamorous reception at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. The grandeur of the space is incomparable and Kara and William’s wedding decor only highlighted the beauty. Their choice of 24 karat gold thread tablecloths and classic, soft floral arrangements fit perfectly in the space.
The menu was equally as impressive. After an hour-long cocktail hour filled with yummy goodness, dinner began with a lobster pot pie. The entree was a choice of duck or filet mignon, and I chose the filet. Impressively served by dozens of waiters, the entree was exceptional. Finally, dessert was served – a s’mores style ice cream confection. I cannot lie…I stole the Englishman’s plate when he wasn’t looking and pretended he didn’t get one. It was just that good. We danced the night away to everything from Buble to Beyonce – so much so that my toes were still numb two days later.
As always, the city was very good to me. A glamorous wedding at The Plaza was a once-in-a-lifetime event that I’ll remember forever, and I feel so blessed to have been a part of Kara’s day. Whether it was in the Grand Ballroom or the local church hall, the beauty of the day was my time spent with my oldest friend on the most important day of her life.