The Aurora Diaz and Philip Bailey Wedding
By By Daniella Di Martino; Photography by Fred Marcus and Mark Osborne
A fairy tale came to life on the wedding day of Aurora Diaz and Philip Bailey, whose names not-so-coincidentally share those of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and her Prince Charming.
She is from Leon, Mexico, and he hails from Wolverhampton, England. Aurora’s childhood friend from Mexico and Phil’s friend from the United Kingdom were neighbors in the Big Apple. Proximity brought these two immigrants together for a chance friendship. They shared close birthdays, so they decided to throw a joint birthday bash, inviting Phil and Aurora. There, the two met—and fell in love. The problem: Phil lived in England and Aurora in New York.
For a year, the two had to travel to see one another. Nearly a year after the day they met, Phil proposed. He made the move to New York, and now they now live happily together in White Plains.
Since most of Aurora and Phil’s family and friends lived outside the United States, those who came to the wedding stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains for the entire wedding weekend. The festivities started off with a less traditional rehearsal dinner at BLT Steak, where the party occupied the entire restaurant. On the day of the wedding, the bride and groom had giant Lulu Custom Cake Boutique red velvet cupcakes with white frosting and pearls delivered to each of the guest’s rooms. They also received two bottles of water that had the couple's names wrapped [WRAPPED ON THEM?? Don’t know what this means]on them.
On May 15, 2010, friends and family gathered at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown to celebrate their marriage. At sunset, Aurora walked down the aisle in her Oscar de la Renta gown. They came together on a stone terrace overlooking the Hudson River. The bridesmaids each chose a floor-length black dress that best fit their style to match Aurora’s black-and-white wedding theme. The men in the bridal party wore Brioni shirts and Giorgio Armani tuxes. The bride’s mother wore Marchesa dress.
After the two exchanged vows and kissed for the first time as a married couple, the congregation headed to the reception. The after-party found them at 42, the restaurant on top of the Ritz, where the celebration lasted all night. Aurora changed into a Preen white dress and Jimmy Choo sparkling heels.
When asked if this was the wedding of her dreams, Aurora giggled and said, “Absolutely!”
Lulu Custom Cake Boutique
40 Garth Rd
Tappan Hill Mansion
81 Highland Avenue. Tarrytown
Hank Lane Music and Productions
MTC Limousine & Corporate Coach, Inc.
296 Adams Stt
Diana Gould, Ltd.
12 Frontage St
1 Doral Greens Dr
Fred Marcus (NYC) & Mark Osborne (UK)
Tappan Hill Mansion
81 Highland Ave Tarrytown
Mark Ingram Atelier
110 E 55th StNew York, NY