The New York Botanical Garden is always a feast for the eyes but there’s something especially enchanting about the blossom metropolis on the night of its annual Winter Wonderland Ball. Be it the fantastical gowns floating across the dance floor or the event’s proximity to Christmas, there’s a certain air of magic which keeps its loyal coterie of boldface New Yorkers coming back for more, as they did this past Friday night. 

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Michelle Harper in Roberto Cavalli

12-18-2012 1-12-01 PM Alina Cho in Monique Lhuillier with Alexandra Lind Rose

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Details of the beautiful Gowns

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 Julia Moore

12-18-2012 1-12-29 PMThe scene at the Winter Wonderland Ball

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The wondrous evening began as it always does, with cocktails inside the magnificent Palm Dome—which currently houses the 21st annual Holiday Train Show. The exhibit boasts a dizzying array of old-fashioned model trains winding through landscapes and landmarks—from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Yankee Stadium.

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Following the cocktail reception, guests moved into an elegant tent with floral event designs from Martin Jobes Designs and ambient up-lighting by Frost Lighting.

12-18-2012 1-20-07 PM Meredith Ostrom

12-18-2012 1-15-50 PMByrdie Bell

12-18-2012 1-16-33 PM Monique Lhuillier

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Cristina Greeven Cuomo

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Eddie Borgo

12-18-2012 1-17-24 PMThe soirée continued with a sit-down, candlelit dinner and eventually progressed to the dance floor.

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Alina Cho in Monique Lhuillier with Bibdu Mohapatra

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Genevieve Jones in Monique Lhuiller