The couple's ceremony included a floral-encrusted canopy with tens of thousands of red roses

By Ulrica Wihlborg
July 13, 2010 10:00 AM
Courtesy Ed Libby & Co

LaLa Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony always said they wanted a red color scheme for their wedding. In the end, they got everything they wanted and more – with thousands of candles and flowers transforming New York’s Cipriani 42nd St. into a scarlet sea of rich, romantic reds and saturated pinks at their nuptials on Saturday night.

The wedding was planned by event planner Mindy Weiss. Designer Ed Libby crafted the theme, evoking love and romance, beginning with the ceremony itself. Vazquez entered through wrought-iron gates wrapped in floral boas and made her way over plush Bordeaux carpeting down a red satin aisle lined with suspended floral lanterns.

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The bride, 31, and groom, 26, exchanged their vows beneath a floral-encrusted canopy made up of tens of thousands of red roses with accents of hot-pink hydrangea and cymbidium orchids. Vazquez carried a bouquet of amore roses studded with crystals and rhinestones and wrapped in ivory satin to coordinate with her Vera Wang gown.

After the ceremony, as the space was being transformed for the reception, guests moved to a cocktail area with an oversized red patent leather lounging bed and custom-built bar inset with plexi vitrines with red crystal chandeliers suspended inside.

At the reception, 30 dinner tables were set with two alternate designs: one with a double-tiered golden candelabra set atop a red broomstick silk linen with a custom gold soutache cap; and another with a rouge ribon taffeta topped with a crystal pool filled with floating candles and orchid heads, set beneath an open lantern of rose petals and crystals strands.

The other thing Anthony requested beforehand was great music for dancing, and the couple got the Rolls-Royce of dance floors: a high-gloss black plexi floor outfitted with their custom monogram set at the head of the ballroom.

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