- 1 year ago
So, our original plan was to have a beautiful ceremony at the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park. It had been my dream since I was a little girl of 5 years old to have an intimate ceremony there. We had obtained the permit well in advance and it was listed on the invitations as the place to be. Sounds great right? Hmmmmm, not so much when the threats of a hurricane (Sandy) arriving on the north east coast on the day of your wedding (our union was made legal on Halloween but our wedding ceremony/reception took place on October 28th, 2012) forces Central Park to close its gates before your event is set to occur! So what does someone do when they have no idea what to do? Simple; make a drastic last minute change! We decided on the MORNING OF OUR WEDDING to change our ceremony to a rather historical in-door location in NYC, we had read about a lot of people doing small ceremonies there as an alternative and were not even thinking about a permit to get married at this location, considering that seeing brides in random places in NY is pretty common (“modern day elopements” happen all over NYC all the time) and some of our family/friends were freaking out, causing them to cancel on us a few days prior when they heard about the upcoming storm along with telling people of our last minute change via phone calls and text messages on the morning of our ceremony. We figured we would be lucky if even 10 people showed up so we were pretty sure to go unnoticed, right? Well my fellow beautiful bees, we were very wrong! Almost 40 of our 50 guests showed up to our ceremony and on top of that my guess is a lot of people decided not to get married when a natural disaster was approaching so there was only one other bride where there are usually several bridal parties at this particular location, at least taking photographs (on the plus side, having one other bride there definitely made me feel less crazy for not canceling everything) as well as a crowd of tourists, perhaps needing something positive to focus on out of all the chaos of flights and trains being cancelled, decided to join our (already much larger than we expected) crowd to witness our amazing ceremony. So needless to say we were very noticed! Shockingly, we were able to have gone through with our entire ceremony (first look, moment of silence, personal vows, ring exchange, etc.) without getting a ticket or arrested for not having a permit that we had no idea we would need in the first place! It was the best day of my life and I would not change it for anything in the world. We were able to get married in a place that now holds powerful meaning to both of us instead of just being a little girl’s fantasy. Now I am a woman who was able to have my mother and sister walk me down the “aisle” and marry my Prince Charming in a unique story that only we share. <3
(Personal edited image of one of our first kisses as husband and wife <3 )
Almost everyone who came to the ceremony also came to the reception which was located in Hoboken, NJ on the waterfront! Hurricane Sandy did not arrive until the next day and everyone who traveled from other places to be at our beautiful wedding was able to get back home safely, which consisted mainly of my husband’s friends/family who traveled from FL as well as my sister, her partner and my niece who traveled from PA and our other friends/family who were from different parts of NYC!