This is the first in a series of blog posts about those little things that make a wedding special to the couple. It is called Five Things I Loved About My Wedding. I am creating this series to provide inspiration for couples planning their wedding. Many couples have a big vision of what they want on the day, but this series will be about the details. Most of the weddings discussed in this series will have taken place in Central Park, but some weddings from other locations will be featured. I thought it only polite that I should go first.
That we planned it in a couple of months.
It took around six weeks between when we decided to get married and our wedding day. He had a visa to allow him to live and work in the USA and I needed a visa to allow me to be there legally, so we had to be married. We got the location agreed, the rings, the license, officiant, photographer, videographer, my dress and his suit all sorted in super-quick time. It meant that I couldn’t over-think everything as I have a tendency to do, so I just got on with it.
I am not a person who greatly values material things, but I do love my wedding ring and my engagement ring. We went to the Manhattan Diamond District on 47th Street and browsed several jewelers before choosing what was right for us. I chose my diamond; its size, its carat and its cut. We were able to inspect several diamonds that were on offer and choose how important each of those factors were to us. We chose the metal our rings would be made of and the style and width of the bands, and I chose a tulip setting that was original created by Tiffany’s. My diamond is from Russia. Every time I look at my rings I am pleased that they were chosen by us and designed exactly as I wanted them.
Our wedding night.
Shhhh…. No, not what you’re thinking. We got married in the morning, had lunch with our lovely guests, then we went home to chill out for a while, then just the two of us went out for dinner together in the evening. We walked from our home in the East 80s to a tall building in the East 50s to eat at a restaurant that is no longer there, which overlooks the East River, and we watched the sun set while drinking Manhattans and eating our dinner. We are both quite introverted and the big, traditional wedding at home with everyone we know would have been massively hard work for us, and we are both still very happy that we chose this no-fuss low-hassle wedding option.
This one is pretty obvious, but: we got married in Central Park. I love everything about Central Park. It is a world-famous cultural, historical, visually striking masterpiece of a wedding location. I look at photos of Central Park every single day because of my job and I have yet to tire of it.
That it inspired me start this business.
I love guiding couples through the planning of their wedding and then seeing it all come together on the big day. And I love seeing how those couples’ lives grow together in the marriage that follows, knowing that I had a part in their wedding day.