By Kelsey Butler
It was clear from the moment I met Maggie Zellner and Ryan McInnis that they were very in love and truly enjoying the process of planning their wedding together. We sat around the tasting table along with Maggie’s parents and planners Caitlin O’Hara and Julianne Austin, of Cait & Jules, to choose their menu and discuss the details of their big day. Maggie’s big personality and enthusiasm were apparent, and we found creative ways to incorporate all her favorite things (including Casamigos Anejo tequila) into a fun, yet very classy, party. I knew from early on that this wasn’t going to be your typical Plaza party and that it was going to be a day to remember.
Maggie and Ryan’s big day started out with beautiful, huge green trees of all shapes and sizes loading into the Ballroom along with stunning, long, mirrored tables and classic ghost chairs for the reception. Simple white florals and candlelight graced the tables while the trees and greenery took center stage. The Grand Ballroom soon transformed into the enchanted forest wonderland of Maggie’s imagination, unlike anything I have seen in the Ballroom before.
Before long, Maggie elegantly made her way down to the Terrace Foyer to see her friends for the first time; and as she exited the elevators, mouths dropped and squeals erupted. She wore a stunning, long-sleeved lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a long train and it could not have been more perfect for her. After photos with family and friends, she was whisked off to St. James Church for the wedding ceremony where Ryan was patiently awaiting her arrival. Soon after, they exited the church as husband and wife to family and friends lining the church’s steps with sparklers and cheers! After a couple more kisses on the steps, they made their way into their Rolls Royce waiting to whisk them back to the Plaza for pictures and the big party.
Guests began to arrive and were directed to the Terrace Foyer to gather their escort card, which perched on top of a shot of Casamigos Anejo garnished with a lime slice! This creative way of playing up something the couple loved gave guests such delight. It started off the night with a fun and innovative twist. The cocktail hour was bountiful with cocktails and champagne and stations filled with seafood, Asian and Mediterranean offerings to get guests ready for dinner. Before long, guests were welcomed into the Grand Ballroom for a stunning reveal of the greenery with the Veronica Martell band setting the stage for a night of fun. Dinner was executed flawlessly along with speeches and conversation and then guests hit the dance floor to rock away for the remainder of the evening. As “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim played, cannons shot colorful confetti over dancing guests for one final surprise!