THE PARTY The Ritz Carlton hosted a magical evening for event planners, influencers and media to showcase some of the city’s most luxurious vendors and brands. Partners including EDGE Floral Designs, Carine’s Bridal, KARMA Salon and Rodney Bailey Photojournalism filled the beautiful space in an ode to cultural exploration. A tented space bazaar, Latin-themed outdoor garden, European dessert station and multicultural beats from DJ Violetta Markelou transported the party’s 45 exclusive guests to another world.
THE PEOPLE The intimate affair included models Joy Kingsley-Ibeh and Dolci Bhatia Bajaj wearing extravagant gowns inspired by African and Indian cultures. Celebrity make-up artist Erwin Gomez of KARMA Salon created the elegant looks for the models in addition to providing hair and skincare products for all the attendees.
BEST IN SHOW The entire Ritz Carlton culinary team came together to create a bold menu. Chef Ryan Manning, from The Ritz Carlton Cancun, created a Mexican inspired collection of tacos and unique hot sauces from various parts of Latin America. Pastry Chef John Quinn crafted the European sweets station including haute couture eclairs in flavors like peach tarragon and praline panna cotta. To top off the night, guests sipped Lead Mixologist Chris Mendenhall’s colorful “Gin & Verjus” cocktail, comprised of gin, campari, grapefruit and verjus.
Photography by Nick Klein