Nicola and her husband did what I’m willing to bet most of us wish we could when it comes to our Big Day. High-tailed it over the Atlantic to New York and made their lifelong promises to one another amongst the autumn leaves of Central Park. Beautiful, yes? But not as beautiful as Nicola herself-despite added headaches and tension from a wedding planning company who should have known better, Nicola remained determined to have the day they wanted. And in the end, after being faced with a homeless man asleep in their venue, Nicola came to the most beautiful conclusion of all. Here they are…
We booked our wedding through a planning company who actually ended up causing us all the stress they were supposed to remove from planning such an important occasion and with only 2 weeks to go until we flew to New York where we were supposed to be getting married in the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park, we discovered that despite paying for the venue of our choice they hadn’t secured the Ladies Pavilion with the Parks Dept so if another wedding was booked we would have to step aside. We also still hadn’t received any written confirmation for anything that we’d paid for! In fact, we had to get a solicitor to phone them before they sent us any written details! (We later learnt they went out of business about a month after our wedding!)
After all the uncertainty this had caused we were relieved to finally meet our officiant when we arrived in New York. On the big day, we arrived in the park ready to go to the Ladies Pavilion only to discover that it was occupied after all – a homeless man was fast asleep on one of the benches! Not wanting to wake him up we decided to go round the corner to a rocky outcrop beside a nearby lake and have the ceremony there instead.
Our NYC wedding was perfect despite all the worry beforehand and, thanks to the homeless man, we inadvertantly found an even better location for exchanging our vows. This photo reminds me not to sweat the small stuff and to remember to count my blessings because there is always someone worse off than you.
And we decided to break the normal AOP rules slightly, and show you another picture, of where Nicola and Steve finaly said ‘I do’. Looks like it all worked out pretty well, no?
* Both beautiful photos by Brian Friedman*