Elegant Garden Wedding in The Bronx

Even though Anthony and Holly met at work, a full year went by before they first spoke. However, once they did, they soon clicked mainly because of their Latin heritage. They got engaged while staying at a beautiful Berkshires location. It was only the two of them in nature, Holly was looking for birds through the binoculars, and Anthony was on one knee when she turned around.

Their wedding was timeless and sophisticated, inspired by Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx. They fell in love with this venue and never even looked at any other. The combination of nature and history in the middle of New York was everything for them. Holly wore a Carolina Herrera gown while Anthony donned a J. Crew tuxedo with an old Hollywood white jacket to complete their elegant looks. An outdoor ceremony with lovely views of nature and the river was perfect for catching the sunset. Their reception venue featured medieval chandeliers and exposed beams that were given a romantic touch by the candlelight and white floral centerpieces. Scroll to see all the beautiful moments captured by Amy Sims Photography.

In their own words

How did you meet?

Anthony and I met at work—we actually went on to work two jobs together. We met about a year before we had a real conversation, at which point we were both single and bonded over a shared love of Harry Potter. I like to say that he had me at “Let’s get burritos and watch Game of Thrones.” His interest was piqued when he realized I was half Cuban (he is half Mexican) and that we both had Latinx heritage in common. He had moved here from Los Angeles and I’m a native New Yorker, so as our officiant said in our ceremony, Anthony had to come find his “queen from Queens.” (Coming to America reference).

What is your proposal story?

We got engaged right before COVID started, while staying at a beautiful, cozy Berkshires location called Kenmore Hall. We were out in nature just the two of us, and I was looking at birds through my binoculars, and when I turned around he was in one knee. He never actually asked me a question, though—in classic Anthony style, he simply informed me he wanted to marry me.

Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

We fell in love with our venue before we even got engaged. We visited Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, and both said to ourselves how much we would love to get married there. We didn’t look at any other venues. We knew we wanted something timeless and elegant, close to nature but tied to history, a little slice of peace in the middle of New York City.

Tell us about your attire choices.

My dress was Carolina Herrera. It felt light and airy, timeless and elegant, fun and comfortable. I loved that I could move in it and didn’t feel like I was wearing a costume. Anthony wore a JCrew tuxedo and the white jacket added the ultimate old Hollywood, Casablanca vibe that perfectly complimented my hair. I have a ton of thick hair and my stylist Heather Packer did an amazing job, especially since we did a last minute switch from the original style we intended. It was perfect. My aunt walked me down the aisle in a black Carolina Hererra dress so they really should put us in a bridal ad campaign.

What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)

Our first look was so beautiful and took away all my nerves. Riding around in a golf cart to take photos before the ceremony was a surprising amount of fun. Exchanging our private vows overlooking the river right after our ceremony was so special and emotional. My great aunt forcing me to pull up my dress and prove that I was wearing the garter she got me was a definite highlight.

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