Before Coronavirus Hit, an Extravagant Four-Day Wedding in Cartagena

Leena Kim
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt

From Town & Country

“The second we got there we fell in love,” Kate Falchi says of Cartagena, Colombia, the backdrop for her wedding to Jeff Lincoln over Presidents Day weekend this year. The couple were set on a destination wedding, but they wanted to think outside the box.

Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt

(Kate, the daughter of the late handbag designer Carlos Falchi, founded luxury accessories brand Lovard with her mother; Jeff is VP of growth at athleisure brand Outdoor Voices.)

“We thought, If we’re going to go somewhere, let’s go somewhere,” she says.

Cartagena proved an excellent choice, with all of its romance, colorful Spanish colonial architecture, lush greenery, and South American flair, which was an important requirement for the bride, who is half Brazilian.

The four days of festivities, orchestrated by event planner Vivia Costalas, began with an extravagant Carnival-themed party that took over Old Town’s Plaza San Pedro with entertainment that included a local children’s drumming troupe, the Colombian band Bazurto All Stars, and Brazilian dancers.

Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt

The next day the 150 guests explored their environs (and nursed their hangovers) with a flower arranging workshop and a tour of 17th-­century Carta­gena mansions.

Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt

The wedding ceremony the following evening took place in the courtyard of the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel, followed by cocktails in Plaza San Diego. “Everything in Cartagena is about being outside,” Kate says.

Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt

Dinner and dancing followed back at the hotel. On the final day, guests were ferried out to the Rosario Islands for a beach party, with Bloody Marys and grilled seafood, at the home of legendary Colombian hostess Chiqui Echavarría.

Photo credit: Julie Skarratt
Photo credit: Julie Skarratt

This story appears in the May 2020 issue of Town & Country. SUBSCRIBE NOW

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