Monica and Felix’s Glamorous, Gorgeous Wedding

Though our stunning bride, Monica, had a fabulous wedding, the very best part of the celebration was the magic between her and her new husband, Felix.

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown by Monica’s Bridal

The two are truly a match made in the stars, who met with a little help from Monica’s dear friend:

“My good friend Jacqueline decided to pitch me the idea of meeting this guy ‘Felix’ she thought was perfect for me. I was extremely hesitant and frankly not interested in dating at the time so I told her NO WAY; politely of course! A few weeks later I woke up with an email from Jacqueline with a photo of Felix and a text message from her “Call me when you get this.” Apparently I came to find out Jackie sent Felix my photo and he thought I was pretty and to expect his call. What I didn’t know was she had told him prior to me receiving his photo that I saw his photo and ‘thought he was cute’ and ‘THAT I WAS EXPECTING HIS CALL!’ She decided to tell a little white lie and play match maker which I am extremely grateful for now. “

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Turns out, Jacqueline was right! Monica and Felix were made for each other, and both knew it on their very first date:

“When Felix finally called to ask me out on a date I was really excited and nervous. We spoke on the phone and made plans for a few days later. Turns out when I mentioned him to my family the families knew each other. We even lived in the same gated community and never met before!

We made plans to go ice skating in Bryant Park in NYC. Felix made sure to tell me to wear something ‘comfortable.’ I had never really gone on a blind date before so I was a bit nervous. I called my friend Jacqueline and we decided to go shopping for the ‘perfect’ outfit. I spent all day putting something together and my perfect interpretation of ‘comfort’ was 6 inch Louboutins! Hey, a girl has to make a good impression!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

“Felix picked me up and we went to Bryant Park. The rink was packed and I clearly wasn’t interested in taking off my shoes to put on some skates so we opted to go eat instead. Since the weather was brisk yet nice, he decided we should walk  – with no pity for my poor feet in those sky high boots. I played it cool and said I was comfortable, he took me by my hand and we were off. Everything felt really natural.

On the way home he was telling me ‘You’re going to be ‘my wife’.’ I thought it was a little weird but, loved the attention.  When we arrived to my home he came around and opened the car door and walked me to the door and kissed me on the cheek. He was really a gentleman and that’s when I knew I fell in love.”

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Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo                                  Custom gown by Monica’s Bridal

From that moment on, the days flew and, before Monica and Felix knew it, six months had gone by and Monica’s birthday was on the horizon. As they planned a trip to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate, little did Monica know that Felix had a surprise up his sleeve!

“After our first date in December, everything kind of flowed naturally. We were really inseparable and we spent time together almost everyday. My birthday was coming up in June we were together 6 months at this point. Felix decided to plan a trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico to celebrate. We went on this trip with another couple we were friends with. Everything was really nice we had a really great time. One of the nights the boys decided to plan a dinner on the beach. I didn’t think anything of it I thought they were trying to be cute and romantic.

We came down to the beach that evening and we had a beautiful candle light dinner prepared for four. I wouldn’t have imagined a proposal because Felix was laughing, making jokes and wasn’t nervous at all. When it was time to order dessert, the waiters came with the menu. Everyone got really quiet. I opened the menu, and there it was inside: ‘Monica will you marry me?’ I was in shock! I even asked if ‘this is a joke?! Am I being punked??’ It was really romantic and I am glad our friends were there to capture the moment for us.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Monica and Felix knew they didn’t want to wait too long, and, since a Fall wedding seemed perfect, decided to set a date for September 2012. With a year to plan, Monica got started right away, with the help of Felix, family and all the brides she came in contact with every day:

“The planning process started almost immediately and turned out to be a full time job. My fiancé left it all to me to decide; yet he had input on everything (LOL). I did the majority of the research myself but my close friends and family gave their input. I’m very fortunate to have a big support system and having Monica’s Bridal as a resource to ask other brides their feedback and suggestions. I am also very grateful to have my aunt and uncle in this line of work as well; Bridal Styles gave me the opportunity to get input from even more brides. I knew I wanted a unique and custom wedding so most of the aspects of my big day were customized by myself or custom ordered.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown by Monica’s Bridal

Before long, the details of Monica and Felix’s dream wedding began to fall into place:

“I always dreamed of my wedding day especially since I have been surrounded by brides from an early age. I am a third generation bridal designer in my family. I was waiting for this Cinderella moment since I was very young. I knew it had to be perfect so I set off to find the most perfect venue. Felix and I came across the Crystal Plaza and fell in love with the location and the people. I always wanted an outdoor ceremony and their garden is just so beautiful. Everyone was so accommodating and helpful and really made me feel like I made the perfect choice. Any and every request was given one answer: ‘no problem.’ It really made me at ease when everyone was on my side to make my day perfect.”

 

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gowns by Monica’s Bridal

From bridesmaids dresses and table linens to escort cards, centerpieces and her splendid, glittering Loubotins, Monica created many custom details to accent the day and make it their own:

“I tried to customize as many things as possible, and the theme was definitely ‘Swarovski,’ starting with the dresses and headpieces. My bridesmaids were like brides themselves. Their gowns were all custom-designed, and my maids of honors were in the same style gowns as the rest of the girls but each had their unique accents. My girls were a representation of me and I wanted them to feel special as well.

For our venue, I ordered custom-cut mirror tabletops to accent the long communal tables. I custom-designed my wedding cake, which Crystal Plaza baked into a reality.  I even made custom linen for the bride and groom table which was a beautiful corded French lace covered in crystals. The linen looked like it could double as an actual bridal skirt! I made a custom moneybox to match, covered with the embroidered lace and then encrusted with Swarovski rhinestones.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

 

“My florist and I collaborated on everything. She was so wonderful and amazing and had me play a big role in the floral designs. This was one of my favorite aspects of planning. I told Irina what I envisioned and we custom designed all the centerpieces together and everything was designed around the floral bases. I knew I wanted different styles for the centerpieces in the room to give diversity and dept. Irina took my ideas and created them into beautiful floral works of art.The whole room was glowing.

For my escort cards, I wanted to be different so I thought of the idea of having an escort card tree. It was definitely a wow factor and filled up the room. The gazebo outside was decorated to complement the garden. I wanted it to have touches of rhinestones to match the theme. There was a garden of flowers covering the entire gazebo with cascading orchids, which looked like it came out of a fairytale. The runner was also custom created which was encrusted with silver glitter to have a touch of shine.

I tried to custom make a lot of aspects so it would be unique and one of a kind. I feel this is how I made it a true representation of my taste. Overall the room was so shiny and glowing Swarovski themselves would be proud! It was perfect!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gowns- Monica’s Bridal

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

With her wedding details coming together, Monica focused on her bridal style. As a bridal designer, owner of a bridal salon, and member of a wedding family, figuring out what she wanted was tricky…especially since she wanted two separate looks:

“It’s hard to say that I ‘knew’ what I wanted to wear since I was a little girl, because I didn’t. Monica’s Bridal caters to so many brides and I see so many beautiful dresses that it was actually one of the more difficult parts of planning. I design gowns for brides all the time, and now it was my turn to make my own dress. I always dreamed about a Cinderella wedding, but my choice of gown was never clear to me. I was definitely intimidated because I had to live up to so many expectations. Everyone was dying to see what ‘Monica’ of Monica’s Bridal would wear. I knew I had to be different and wear a dress that I’d never seen done before.I knew it had to be custom designed and made to achieve this. I also wanted multiple dress changes because I didn’t want to put too many different details into one gown for fear of making it not cohesive and tacky.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

For my first gown, which I would wear for my portraits and down the aisle, I wanted something grand, whimsical and soft yet not too flashy or shiny. I decided on a lace illusion corset with fine hand beading, pearls, and small rosettes. Everything was hand beaded and every flower was hand made. For the skirt, I knew I wanted tulle since it was so airy and photographs beautifully. To get the wow factor, the dress needed to be ENORMOUS, literally! I choose layered tulle for my skirt and created a 5 yard train to follow from behind. If I was going to make an entrance, just the size of this gown would keep jaws dropping. It was a look of royalty. I felt like a princess marrying my prince. ”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“My second dress, which was my party dress, had to ‘outshine’ the first. Since I decided on minimal beading with the first gown the second one had to be shiner than anything ever seen before. I knew that a natural waist ball gown style suited my body, but it had to be simple shape if there would be lots of beading and details in the fabric. Thus, the idea was born. I started beading the dress with Swarovski crystals in a fade design. It was condensed at the top and faded to nothing on the skirt. I really had my hands full, because the beading alone took 9 months, 8 hrs a day! Over 100,000 Swarovski rhinestones went into this masterpiece. Once finished, this dress was really a work of art.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Next, Monica visited Bridal Styles to find the perfect accessories to add just the right touch to her wedding day look:

“Once my dresses were completed, I headed to my favorite people at Bridal Styles. This was going to be a job for the pros and I knew I had to have not one but two headpieces for my two dresses. Luckily, I came to the right place! My aunt and uncle Edward and Elaine treated me like princess. Since my gowns were both custom created, we all knew my headpieces would be as well. I tried on about a million and they patiently went through different styles for weeks until I finally made up my mind. The biggest problem was I was unsure about my hairstyle and once Lisa Mitchell and I decided to do my hair in two hairstyles down for the reception and up for the ceremony we knew what we were working with.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“The first piece I chose was a three quarter rosette and vine zirconia piece with small rosettes details. It had the perfect amount of shine for my ceremony dress, since the dress was subtle with beading. For the second piece, I fell in love with the idea of having big rosettes in my hair. My uncle sent me home and told me he would create something magical and one of a kind. I slept at ease until I finally got to see his beautiful creation about 2 weeks before my big day. He made me a one of a kind Swarovski gardenia and even better, I would be the first bride to showcase this stunner!  Not to mention my 6 yard long cathedral veil encrusted with Swarovski crystals, created by Bridal Styles.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“So, overall I had to go big or go home. I had two dresses in line, two headpieces, and two hairstyles! Since I had so much going on with my headpieces and dresses I opted for small diamond studs and no other jewelry to keep it classy. When it came to deciding my makeup I knew it had to be simple. I don’t wear much on a daily basis and I found the perfect person Lorraine to do my bridal makeup exactly the way I wanted it. I wanted to look like a better version of myself and that’s exactly what she delivered.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

 

Finally, their wedding weekend arrived, along with calls for a big late summer storm! However, despite Mother Nature’s fickle behavior on September 12, 2012, Monica and Felix’s wedding day was everything they’d imagined it to be and more:

“My wedding day started the night before when I packed up some of my clothes and went to my parents’ home to stay there as my last night as a single woman. I knew it would be more special to stay separate.

The night before was gloomy and foggy and I was in a panic, since my wedding ceremony was scheduled to be outside. I searched every weather channel and internet weather site in hopes that someone would tell me it wouldn’t rain, but a tornado was predicted to pass. Some call it luck when it rains on your wedding day, but I was very disappointed. I MEAN C’ MON, A TORNADO? OUT OF ALL DAYS!!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

“The morning of was cloudy and dark, very soon it was pouring cats and dogs and my anxiety rose. By the time I was done with hair, makeup, and putting my dress on, the sun had come out. The day would be perfect after all. Felix and I hopped into our Rolls Royce Phantom and went to Central Park for photos. I really felt like a queen. Everywhere we went people were clapping for us. It was definitely an experience.

 

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

“We continued taking photos at our venue. Before I knew it, it was time for me to hide in the bridal suite once guests started to arrive. While up in the bridal suite I had my hair change and makeup fixed up before it was time to say ‘I DO.’

Once my Rabbi showed up, he came to the bridal suite and was drenched. There were no windows in the suite, so I couldn’t see outside. I began to panic because of the rain and he assured me all would be okay. Crystal Plaza worked quickly to try to bring flowers inside to have the ceremony proceed because of the rain. My Chuppa was set up outside and I was so head strong about having an outside ceremony I ignored the weather and thought it would stop in time. Whatever flowers they were able to bring were brought upstairs and the florist worked quickly to create a setup. We didn’t want to take down the outside setup because we knew it would stop eventually and we would at least take pictures next to our magical gazebo covered with flowers and crystals for memory. “

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

“Our rabbi spoke powerful words about the rain being a symbol for good luck and happy marriage, our close friends held the tallit up above us and we had a traditional Jewish ceremony. The upstairs layout turned out to be extremely intimate. After the ceremony we were able to get the party started with Yuhan and he kept our guests dancing until 4am!”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Custom gown- Monica’s Bridal

 On such an incredible day, it’s hard to choose which moments were the most special.  But Monica and Felix had a few favorites!

“To start, one memorable aspect of the day was seeing my fiancé for the first time and seeing his reaction. I remember his back was facing towards me and I walked across the room to greet him, tapping him on his shoulder to turn around. All I heard him say was ‘I hear a swish against the floor, your dress has to be enormous.’ I also remember seeing my finished decorated reception before the guests were able to experience it and it was just heavenly. The lights and the floral were exquisite.

Finally, my walk down the aisle. I remember walking down the aisle in confidence and then when I lifted my eyes and saw my husband- to- be staring back at me I started to choke up. I remember thinking ‘it’s finally here.’ All the months of planning and waiting and everyone is here for us. I broke down for a moment before I pulled it together. “

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo – Grey Line Photo

 Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Now newlyweds, Monica and Felix have this advice to offer other planning couples:

“If I could give one piece of advice it would be to keep calm and try to take in the night as much as possible. It really flies by so quick, and something is bound to go wrong and will. No amount of planning will make anything go by seamlessly, as hard as you will try. It’s important not to stress over things because it’s really a magical day and nothing should ruin your wedding. At the end of the day… LOVE is all that matters.
Felix’s advice would be: ‘Enjoy the moment and DON’T TELL THE BRIDE ANYTHING THAT GOES WRONG!’ I found out days later a lot of small mishaps and scheduling didn’t go as planned that happened that were fixed without my knowledge and I was kept in the dark so I wouldn’t freak out. I am thankful now because it all turned out well, minus an extra meltdown from a bridezilla.”

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Bridal Styles Bride Monica , Photo - Grey Line Photo

Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

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Custom Swarovski crystal-encrusted bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photography – Grey Line Photo

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us, Monica and Felix! We wishes to you both a lifetime of LOVE and happiness!

Monica and Felix’s wonderful wedding vendors:

Headpiece & veil – Bridal Styles
Dresses – Monica’s Bridal Custom
Bridesmaids – Monica’s Bridal Custom
Photography – Grey Line Photo
Flowers – Sunshine Flower Shoppe
Music – Yuhan Benjamin
Invitations – Invitations By Jillianne
Rolls Royce – DJ’s Limo
Venue – Crystal Plaza
Hair – Lisa Mitchell
Makeup by Lorraine

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