DESTINATION WEDDINGS ARE BOOMING. FROM A PAST OF INTIMATE GATHERINGS, DESTINATION WEDDINGS TODAY HAVE TURNED INTO LARGE EVENTS THAT SPAN VARIOUS DAYS, LEADING UP TO A REGAL WEDDING. FOR THIS REASON, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE BIG PLAYERS IN THE WORLD OF DESTINATION WEDDINGS, SUCH AS THE DUO OF EMILIO OLABARRIETA AND JULIO CINTRON.
By Annabella Goshen
Orchestrating a destination wedding for 1200 guests requires painstaking attention to detail. Puerto Rico natives Emilio Olabarrieta and Julio Cintron know this. Their company Flora by Arquetipo, coming soon to South Florida as EO by Emilio Olabarrieta from the isle of enchantment, is a world leader in this type of events.
The know-how of Olabarrieta and Cintron is based on their long lasting repertoire of weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, galas and more for global stars and celebrities. Olabarrieta’s designs have been featured in renowned magazines such as Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Martha Stewart Wedding, and InStyle. They have organized events for Bill Clinton and George Bush, designed Marc Anthony’s and Don Omar’s weddings, have designed for Martha Stewart, created parties for Oscar de la Renta in the Dominican Republic, orchestrated private parties for Donatella Versace in Puerto Rico and created tables for Diane Von Furstenberg. They have also been commissioned by the three most important museums of Puerto Rico. With over 20 years of experience, they know about sophistication, world-class events and the logistics of delivering an impeccable event.
They incorporate stunning event chairs, furniture, flowers, and design, all under one creative ensemble. Therefore, each factor and detail is planned with the same creative process and intention. When it comes to events, they blend fashion and innovation by working with atypical materials. This creates immediate results, highlighted with creativity while maintaining a balance with elegance. In such tropically diverse areas such as Puerto Rico, one can experiment with flower designs. For instance, instead of using the typical shape of leaves, they mold and design them, transforming them into nests, hanging round leaves and an elaborate backdrop. Through these transformations, people are able to playfully tease their eyes.
Moreover, the orchestration of destination weddings is a market that is opening up exorbitantly. In Puerto Rico, the hospitality industry has focused on offering upscale luxury services. For example, The Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach Reserve boasts six stars. It is one of the few six-star hotels in the world together with Ritz-Carlton resorts in Indonesia, Singapore and others. Besides these deluxe hotels, there is a wide array of companies offering unparalleled service including the St. Regis and the W Hotel among others. The Four Seasons and JW Marriott are also opening soon in Puerto Rico. In addition to this, Puerto Rico has the capability to offer diverse venues such as colonial locations, pristine beaches and modern hotels, all with ubiquitous luxury.
The theme of Organic Rustic Chic was carried out with an utmost attention to detail. The images depict just what this couple wanted: down to earth, charming and cozy. They wanted their wedding to look organic, effortless and different from what they had seen before. In the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, 130 guests celebrated this couple’s love, where the effect of a vintage flower shop was created, including colorful tones, candles, tones of green with the touch of metal buckets carrying a wide array of flowers. Instead of competing with the majestic panorama, EO by Emilio Olabarrieta blended the garden with everything, including the chuppah. As the garden already had a vibrant green grass, the chuppah was transformed with a grass-like rug. The chuppah was elevated by one foot, so the bride and groom appeared to be floating with a green on green effect. Garden flowers, kiwi willows and orchids among other branches and flowers were used in order to bring to life a vintage European organic effect.
While looking beyond Puerto Rico, Emilio Olabarrieta and Julio Cintron have decided to venture into South Florida, bringing along their inventory, designs, and most importantly, their creative minds. With Puerto Rico and South Florida, they consider that there is a wide array of venues, hotels and creative spots for events, quite enticing for the South Florida and global crowd.
A remarkable aspect of destination weddings includes a shift in type of events. In the past, a typical destination wedding encompassed 30 intimate friends and family. This would be a small vacation for the family and the closest friends. Nowadays, a destination wedding can include 1,200 guests, in which the bride and groom seek a wonderful destination to share not just their wedding day, but also a series of events related to their wedding, which all lead to a lifetime of memories.
Based on this shift, EO by Emilio Olabarrieta is filling a niche, starting with the conceptualization of the weddings to the design, decorative elements, creative construction, set up, ambiance, and last but not least, the event’s grand finale. This design duo has demonstrated that destination weddings are not just fun, but that they can be truly elegant and one of a kind.
Just as an orchestra follows a symphony with combined notes and instruments, Emilio Olabarrieta and Julio Cintron conduct a delicate tune in order to always attain a crowd-pleasing performance and create the memory of a lifetime.