Love Times Three

Real Wedding: Paula & Enrique

Dastardly swine flu isn’t your typical villain in a love story with a happy ending. But for Paula Cubero and Enrique Catter, the H1N1 scare derailed this couple’s wedding in Mexico in 2009.

Enrique, a Peruvian tennis pro living in Greenwich, CT, met Paula two years earlier when she was visiting a friend in the U.S. Their attraction was instantaneous. “Look at him. He is better looking than any celebrity in the world,” beams Paula, who resided in Guadalajara at the time. They carried on a long-distance courtship for nearly two years--until Enrique flew down and asked for her hand in marriage in a memorable proposal that included hiring a mariachi band.

After saying yes, Paula got down to the business at hand: organizing a wedding in Mexico that would include 300 guests, fireworks and all of Enrique’s family from Peru. It sounded beautiful but these nuptials never happened.

When the global swine flu scare caused Mexico to shut their borders temporarily in May 2009, it took Paula and Enrique’s wedding with it: the groom and his family couldn’t leave or enter the country. “We saved so much for our wedding and it all was lost when we had to cancel,” recalls Enrique.

Fast forward to 2011, when they decided to enter the Wings of Love contest. Though Enrique and Paula now live in Greenwich, CT together, they still longed for the splashy wedding they’d planned a few years earlier. Getting chosen as one of the four couples to marry at the Empire State Building on February 14, 2012 in a wedding planned by Colin Cowie gave the couple the happily ever after they had dreamed of.

With a grand gold and persimmon-hued color scheme, the formal black-tie affair was always swanky, but never staid. Paula, a vision in a tiered lace Maggie Sottero gown from Kleinfeld, joined Enrique at an ornate altar swathed in luxe tangerine fabric under an arch festooned with shades of orange parrot tulips, amaryllis, unique roses and kumquats.

The personalized ceremony included a symbolic hand-washing ritual. Shared by the couple and their parents, the exercise symbolized not just the blending of these two families but also a cleansing of the past disappointment. At long last, Enrique and Paula said the “I dos” they’d waited years to exchange.

The reception reflected the pure joy of both families who had traveled to witness this event. A Dom Perignon Champagne cocktail hour included a spectacle that rivaled Enrique’s proposal: a woman was enclosed in a life-size bubble that popped when she uncorked the first bottle of premium sparkly.

Later, a formal sit-down reception ensued: guests sat at tables lavishly decorated with gold-lipped stemware and tableware, golden-hued tapered candles, over-sized centerpieces of orange unique roses, green trick dianthus and persimmons and menus that relayed the petit filet of beef with truffle demi entrée, the gold-dusted chocolate peanut butter pretzel truffles and ornate chocolate wedding cake with a salted caramel ganache.

With Enrique and Paula being Enrique and Paula, there were also a couple of surprises ahead. As Troy Curtis Inc. and Donna D'Cruz rocked the guests on the dance floor, a friend from Mexico gave out a multitude of over-sized hats (shaped as everything from fast-food French fries to a tuxedo) that family and friends wore.

The couple had a lot to celebrate that night with their loved ones. Paula is five months pregnant with their first child: the happiest of all endings to their storybook affair.

--Erinn Bucklan

Vendor List

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.

Wedding Bands: De Beers

Paper goods: RedBliss Invitation Design

Music & entertainment: Troy Curtis, Inc.

DJ: Donna D’Cruz

Groom and groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse

Makeup: Estée Lauder

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