Jamie and Paul came over to New York from the UK to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion this June. They met through friends exactly ten years to the day before they got married. They got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2015 in Manchester. Jamie surprised Paul with a video illustrating their lives together up to that point, with Lionel Richie’s song Stuck On You playing in the background. The last frame was Jamie holding a board asking Paul to marry him.
They couple have two dogs, called Parker and Sebastian and a cat called Thalia. “They are like children to us,” said Jamie. “After being together for a number of years it felt like marriage was the natural step,” he told me.
The couple initially planned a ceremony at home in the UK. As they went through the planning process, they quickly realized that we were planning the day for their guests, based around what they thought they would want and not really what Jamie and Paul wanted. So, they decided to elope. They love New York City, and Central Park in particular. They wanted a destination wedding, so that they could have a holiday at the same time, so this seemed perfect for them.
The ceremony was held in the Ladies’ Pavilion. They chose some beautiful lyrics by Steven Curtis Chapman, called I Will Be Here as their reading. Jamie’s aunt and uncle were their guests, and they loved the location. “It was a great day, very relaxed,” said Jamie. “We ate breakfast in Central Park, and then went for a boat ride in the sun on the Lake. Then we went for lunch at the Tavern on the Green.” Then they took a pedicab from there to the Ladies’ Pavilion for their wedding.
I asked him if he had any comments on the wedding planning service from me, and he said “The service from Claire was efficient and friendly. Not directly organizing the event myself could have caused me to feel a tad anxious, but Claire’s prompt responses to my queries put me at ease.” I am very pleased to hear that, thank you for sharing your story with us, Jamie and Paul, I wish you the best of luck for your futures together, we are honored to have been a part of your wedding. For more information on planning your own Central Park wedding, visit our website, or “like” us on Facebook for photos and more inspiring stories.