Hi, I'm Maia.

(Pronounced Maya)

I'm a visually obsessed, native New Yorker, who's always searching for the coolest in design, food & travel. 

Over the last 5 years, I left a well established career in healthcare to pursue my passion for design and writing.  This website is my little piece of inspiration, thoughts & adventures as I seek out the most creative spaces  & experiences around the world.

I hope you find this inspiring & share with me what inspires you as well! I'd love to hear from you. Thank you for visiting!



"Doctors save
lives by
a healthy life.
Designers save
lives by
a life worth living." 
-Mark W. Perrett
Our Garden-Inspired Wedding was Literally the Best Day Ever

Our Garden-Inspired Wedding was Literally the Best Day Ever

Guys, planning a wedding is the most exhilarating, beautiful, emotional thing ever. After planning my own and attending 7 weddings this year, I thought I'd share some of our special day and a few quick wedding planning tips with you all. 

I love to throw a good party and with a celebration so special, every decision we made was based on wanting our wedding to be a true reflection of who we are as a couple. For us, that meant a beautiful space, dancing, food and good drinks!

We fell in love with our wedding venue,  Studio 450, the moment we walked in. It was an all white blank canvas, and we knew it was perfect for our minimalist color palette. I worked with our florist, Bobbie of BAHTOH, to create an all white & natural green space, with a nod towards the greenery surrounding us the day we got engaged at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. 

We asked those closest to us to have a hand in making our day extra special. My husband designed all the paper goods, including the invitations, bilingual signage, petal toss bags, and  welcome bags.  My aunt hand-wrote our seating chart, and our midnight snacks were empanadas prepared by my grandmother's longtime friend and neighbor. My father officiated the ceremony, while one of our cousins read us a quote on love by Maya Angelou. We also incorporated a memorial table with photos of family members who have passed away. It was our special way of making sure everyone we love was present.

One of my favorite memories is when my 3-year-old niece walked up to the altar and gave an impromptu speech in the middle of our ceremony on the importance of listening to your parents and loving puppies! 

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
— Maya Angelou

5 Quick Wedding Planning  Tips

1. Start with your big-picture, dream wedding ideas and then narrow down your must-haves from there. 

2. Shop around and compare prices. It will give you a better sense of what you want/need for your wedding day. For example, I was able to work with my florist on finding budget friendly flowers to  bring my overall wedding vision to life.

3. Download the app by The Knot. It literally walks you through every detail of planning your wedding, and has a very handy and adjustable timeline.

4. Use Zola for your registry. They have an app and I was able to conveniently update registry items on the go.

5. Let go and trust your vendors. They are professionals and will allow you to truly relax and enjoy your wedding day.  


Venue - Studio 450

Catering - Creative Foods Catering

Month-of-Coordination - Cynthia Ross Events

Photography - Chaz Cruz Photographers

Flowers - Bahtoh 

Cake - Butterfly Bakeshop

Midnight Snack - A Neighbor

Paper Goods - John Arcella

Seating Chart - Dorcas Garcia Design

Officiant - Bride's Father

Music - Team Sayles

Photo Booth - Sweet Booths

Makeup - Christina Amador Beauty 

Hair - MG Hair & Makeup

Groom's Attire - J. Crew

Bride's Dress - Tony Ward Couture via Kleinfeld Bridal

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