Anthony emailed me frantically just a few days before his wedding was set to take place on August 10th. The officiant they had previous hired was suddenly unresponsive. Fortunately, I had the morning free on their date, and within minutes we were planning the details of their ceremony.
Frances and Anthony were looking forward to a big destination wedding with their family and friends in February of the following year. They wanted to make their marriage official with a simple ceremony on this particular date though, because it was their anniversary of becoming a couple. August 10th had always been special to them, they thought, why not make the date their wedding anniversary too?
Aside from it being a gorgeous summer day and a very sweet ceremony, the experience was particularly filled with emotion for me because of the location. My husband and I met in college at NYU, so I always feel a tug on my heartstrings when I'm in Washington Square Park. I remember the butterfly feeling and the shy smiles we shared as we would sit by the fountain or pass each other by between classes in the early days of our relationship. To me, it's the perfect place to celebrate love.
Kind words from the couple...
Q&A with the couple
Q. What was your favorite moment in the ceremony?
A. My personal favorite part was having a custom made ceremony - our witnesses loved it as well. Also, it was pretty cool when we were announced as husband and wife and the people in the park who had gathered around started clapping for us. I had no idea they were there - it was awesome.
Q. What advice would you offer to couples that are planning their wedding?
A. My personal advice for any couple planning a wedding is, at the end of it all, it's your wedding. Do what makes you happy. No matter what it is. If you want to get married in a different state, do it. If you want to invite 40 people, do it. As long as you're happy, that's all that matters. Don't worry about anyone else's opinion.