Maya Henry’s Quinceañera Is The Toast Of San Antonio
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Donna Newman
THE SCENE: A six-million-dollar event. Its 55,000 square-foot venue space. Over 600 guests. More than 150 party planners to make it happen. Nine Rolls Royces. And, two of the hottest musicians in the world that performed. It added up to an evening for the ages that the fortunate attendees will be reminiscing about for a very long time ahead. The Quinceañera of San Antonio resident Maya Henry was an evening of pageantry fit for a royalty where no expense was spared. All the details were meticulously executed and each visual angle was more awe-inspiring than the previous one.
THE VIBE: As the Henry family pulled up in a fleet of Rolls Royces, the VIPs on hand, full of anticipation, buzzed about who the “top secret” main performing acts might be. Once the doors to the custom-built party venue opened, partygoers knew they would be treated to a night of decadence and were awe-struck with sensory overload: tens of thousands of butterflies cascading from the top of the party scene, omnipresent blooming cherry trees, oversized floral video installations, as well as dozens of chic black and white seating areas for guests to converse.
The good times continued all throughout the evening through a series of over-the-top moments. Whether it was Maya’s grand entrance onto the stage, or her blowing out the fifteen candles on the six-tiered pink birthday cake draped with floral décor created by The Fashion Chef, all the attendees realized how special a moment of which they were able to participate. The party continued well into the night, with performances by Earth Harp and the Mariachi Azteca de America band, and spotlighted by performances of two of the worlds hottest musicians – singer/songwriter Nick Jonas and rapper Pitbull, a fitting performance to cap off this amazing evening given all the rules of how to host a five-star quinceañera have been torn-up and rewritten across the world.
The entities responsible for this incredible evening included New York based celebrity event planner David Monn, who has produced events for the Oscars and the Grammys as well as photographer Donna Newman who has worked with First Lady Michelle Obama. The guest of honor was made up by celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta, who has worked with the Kardashians and other celebrities. Rosemary’s Catering perfectly executed the incredible Mexican-themed menu inspired by celebrity chef Rick Bayless and his Chicago-based restaurant Fontera Grill and featured ceviche, empanadas, fish tacos as well as a sushi and live seafood station.