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January 4, 2012

Surprise Wedding at Bow Bridge in Central Park

This bitter cold day in December was easily one of my I love my job days. My relationship with Get Married in New York couples is admittedly brief, yet very unique, albeit significant. When the bride and groom choose to exchange vows privately, I am often the one the bride hands her bouquet to, the person handing the rings to the officiant, a witness signing the marriage license and the first to congratulate the newlyweds. It’s awesome, but especially wonderful when the couple and their story is as amazing as this one.

Big thanks to Sofia Negron who was filling in for Christopher Duggan. She captured this wedding and the couple wonderfully– we had so much fun!

The Story:

After a four year courtship, Sarah and Anthony planned her first trip to New York City. Knowing Serendipity was her favorite movie, the film inspired the groom to propose to his long time sweetheart at Wollman Rink in Central Park. The on ice marriage proposal was followed by “that’s not the best part– we are getting married tomorrow!” A thrilled bride-to-be was guided through the busy streets of Manhattan to retrieve a marriage license, pick out her wedding bands and get her wedding gown (that was ordered by the groom from England–the bride got record fast, same day alterations!) This thoughtful chap planned for his fiance to have her hair and makeup done by professionals, too. Thanks to Get Married in New York, the Englishman was able to outsource the enlistment of an officiant, photographer, florist, their wedding day transportation and the over all coordination.

Their wedding:

The couple encountered this pedicab gentleman twice the day before the wedding. It was a happy coincidence that he was on duty and positioned at the entrance to the park most convenient to Bow Bridge and that he was available to transport the couple. I love examples of how our grand city can exude the charms of a small town.

An intimate ceremony at Bow Bridge was personalized by the words of wedding officiant Reverend Annie Lawrence.

Even on the coldest of winter days, Central Park can provide the most picturesque backdrop for couples who can weather the elements. Obviously an excellent photographer is to credit as well.

The Central Park Boathouse is in the background, another scene from Serendipity.

The couple stands proudly at the entrance of The Plaza.

They were such a fun duo with an amazing spirit, fantastic sense of humor and a genuine camaraderie. Sincere congratulations to Sarah and Anthony on their marriage and a special kudos to the groom for a job extremely well done! It was truly my pleasure to be a small part of your very special surprise wedding day!

Photo Credit: Sofia Negron Photography

  1. of course you forgot to mention that you are the occasional light stand and you graciously provided the fab lighting in some of the photos. It was a pleasure working with you and the couple!

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