Real Wedding: Angela & Lubin
Monkeying around isn’t usually the tone most weddings take. But then again, Angela Vega and Lubin Masibay, two acute-care nurses from Northern California, aren’t your average staid couple.
They fell for each other at a costume party on Halloween six years ago. “Angela was a vision dressed in ‘80s clothes with her cute satellite hairdo and tons of hairspray,” recalls Lubin, who sported a green EMT uniform that night.
Dress-up came into play again when the couple, now engaged, sought to win the 2012 Wings of Love contest featuring a Colin Cowie wedding at the Empire State Building. Their entry: a redux of the King Kong story, complete with Lubin dressed as the gorilla, Angela as the femme, Ann Darrow, and a replica of the Empire State Building fashioned by Lubin himself.
Their dramatic turn worked. Angela and Lubin were selected as contest finalists and married February 14, 2012 on the iconic building’s 61st floor. But this time the couple looked the part. The bride dressed in an exquisite Anne Barge gown from Kleinfeld. The groom donned a classic Men’s Wearhouse tux. Their setting, swathed in a soft pink and platinum grey color palette, was a sophisticated and modern midday event, planned by Colin Cowie, which included an afternoon tea party.
At the ceremony, guests were asked to write well wishes to the couple on pink or grey ribbons tied to an archway decorated with crystals, white roses and hydrangeas. The couple and their attendants would have to pass under these wishes to reach the altar. Words like “laughter” and “play” were scribbled and hung, clearly showing their friends and family knew the couple well.
A cinematic touch to the otherwise classic event: projected images of flowers shone onto an aisle bordered with peonies and succulents. As Angela walked down the aisle to exchange her vows with Lubin, there was even a nod to their shared love of the ‘80s with Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do serving as the processional song.
After toasting with Dom Perignon Champagne after the ceremony, Angela and Lubin and their guests continued to a fairy-tale high tea. Forgoing a multitude of tables, Colin sat all the guests at one long rectangular one, set dramatically in linens of the palest pink. Over-sized candelabras spray-painted a matte pink covered the table as well as various staged silver vessels, from two-tiered trays to ornate compotes, that worked double-duty as serve-ware of dainty sandwiches and fruits and as the centerpieces.
The menu by Mary Giuliani Catering included mini-scones with clotted cream and jams, goat-cheese and watercress bites, roast beef with horseradish cream with arugula on stilton biscuits, black forest ham with Dijon mustard on cheddar scones and bacon and arugula with mushroom butter on toast points.
Lest you think one would go away hungry after a such a pretty set of tea sandwiches, dessert by Cake Opera Co. consisted of Turkish delight, raspberry marshmallows, bars of nougat and a pink velvet wedding cake with strawberry buttercream. Akita roses and garden hydrangeas rounded out the venue, adding the sweetest touch to an already precious day for Angela and Lubin.
Planning and Production: Colin Cowie
Photographer: Christian Oth Studio
Venue: The Empire State Building
Officiant: Reverend Will Mercer
Flowers: Grymes Cannon Designs
Lighting: Levy Lighting
Catering: Mary Giuliani Catering
Cake: Cake Opera Co.
Paper goods: RedBliss Invitation Design
Decor accents: Swarovski Elements
Ceremony entertainment: Troy Curtis, Inc.
DJ: Donna D’Cruz
Wedding Bands: De Beers
Bride's attire: Kleinfeld
Groom and groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse
Bridal shoes: Nina Shoes
Bridesmaids dresses: Watters Bridal
Makeup: Estée Lauder