Martina Campos and Rafael Quintella are both Brazilian, born in São Paulo. They met in the gorgeous Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha through friends in common. However, the “flirting scene” took place in the Big Apple, where Rafael had been living for a couple of years.
In no time, Martina was transferred to NY through the company that she still works for today and moved in with Rafael. After running the New York Marathon a few months later…Rafael proposed at the finish line! Surely a surprise for her!
They immediately chose New York to celebrate the wedding party, this way their friends and family could feel a little bit of all the excitement and affection that they both feel for the city.
They wanted a party where they could show what "being a New Yorker" felt like, so they avoided all of the typical Brazilian wedding peculiarities like: the Bem-Casados (a typical sweet given to every guest at the end of the party), a Brazilian DJ, flowers scattered throughout the entire party ... and decided to play around with the New York characteristics.
They left the church in an old yellow taxi cab, appetizers were all typical dishes such as oysters, dumplings and hotdogs, the furniture had a cool vintage style, and the DJs were the same that were found playing in the best nightclubs in town.
This is what they organized:
Thursday night the couple hosted their guests for drinks in the speakeasy bar in Chinatown, Apothéke. It is one of those hidden spots that only after walking in, you realize how cool it is. Very NY-style.
Friday they had a formal cocktail at the rooftop of Hotel Americano, after all, the New York skyline is definitely one of the highlights of our beautiful city!
The wedding ceremony was in the "Church of Saint Paul the Apostle”, located in the Upper West Side. After leaving the church, guests were taken to the party in those touristy double deckers buses. It was unexpected and surely very fun!
Lastly, the party happened at Cedar Lake, a dance & art space in Chelsea - home to the coolest art galleries in New York - right under the famous Highline.
As we all know, Brazilians are definitely one of the liveliest people in wedding parties, so...everyone was there until sunrise!
To watch the short video of their wedding, click here.
Venue: Cedar Lake
Dress: Johanna Johnson
Shoe: Kila (Brazil)
Make Up: Junior Castro
Hair: Junior Castro
Flowers, Decor & Scenography: Julia Lake
DJ: Eli Dias
Band: Justin Miller
Buffet: Peter Callahan
Cake: No cake
Sweets: Cupcakes, instead of the traditional Brazilian Bem-Casados
Wedding Planner: Classic Events NYC
Film & Photography: Josh Wong
Photo Credit: Josh Wong Photography