Jenny and Paul’s Surprise Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

Jenny and Paul brought twelve guests over from their home in Britain in August to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion.  Planning this wedding was quite unique for me.  I plan the majority of the weddings I’m involved with alongside a bride.  Around 10-15% of the time I’m planning alongside a groom.  Sometimes I start off the planning with the mother of the bride or groom.  This one was very unusual because I planned this wedding with the sister of the groom. 

This wedding was especially unusual because this wedding was to be a surprise for the groom!  The couple were engaged with a son, so already very much in a committed relationship.  Paul had talked about getting married in New York, but he didn’t think it was possible.

Originally Jenny had wanted to get married on Belvedere Castle Terrace, but their visit to New York was during the time when the castle was closed for its big refurbishment for over year.  She considered Wagner Cove for a while, and in the end she chose the Ladies’ Pavilion instead.  She wanted to take photos there and elsewhere in Central Park, and also in other locations around New York. 

This is not the only wedding that I have planned that has been a surprise for one of the people getting married!  It is a legal requirement that the couple go together to City Hall to collect their marriage license.  This means that it is not possible to surprise your husband or wife to be with a wedding ceremony on the day, you must share the surprise with them before picking up the license.  Jenny told Paul that she’d arranged the wedding on the way to New York! 

Paul’s sister Debbie was very important in planning this wedding, she did lots of work towards it.  She and I would discuss things and she would check in with jenny for the final word.  Debbie booked their own musician to play guitar and sing at the ceremony and also their own videographer.  I ordered their flowers and booked their officiant and photographer and the permits for Central Park and Grand Central. 

They had three poems in the ceremony, all read by guests.  The Jenny and Paul’s son Matthew read a poem he had created himself – it was put together from a couple of other poems to be quite personal to them.  Debbie’s son read a poem called The Day and Debbie read a poem called I Can’t Promise You, and I’ll post both of those at the end.

After the ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion, the group took photos around Central Park.  Then they all got in to a limo which took them to Grand Central and Brooklyn Bridge Park for further photos.  After that, our photographer left them and they continued on to Rockefeller Center for their reception.  They were staying in the Hyatt Centric for the duration of the trip.

After their time in New York, Jenny and Paul took their son to Disney World in Florida with some other members of the family for a joint honeymoon and family vacation.

I asked Debbie how we did.  “Our officiant was absolutely fantastic, everyone loved him,” she said.  “So was our photographer, he showed me a few of the photos while we were travelling in the limo, they look amazing,” she added. 

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The Day (anonymous)

May this be the start of a happy new life

That’s full of special moments to share

May this be the first of your dreams come true

And of hope that will always be there…

May this be the start of a lifetime of trust

And of caring that’s just now begun…

May today be a day that you’ll always remember

The day when your hearts become one…

I Can’t Promise You by Tijani Adebowale Destiny

I can’t promise you

that dark clouds

will never hover

over our lives

or that the future

will bring us many rainbows.

I can’t promise you

that tomorrow

will be perfect

or that life will be easy.

I can promise you

my everlasting devotion,

my loyalty,

my respect,

and my unconditional

love for a lifetime.

I can promise that

I’ll always

be there for you,

to listen

and to hold your hand,

and I’ll always do

my best to make you happy,

and make you feel loved.

I can promise that

I’ll see you through

any crisis,

and hope with you,

dream with you,

build with you,

and always cheer you on

and encourage you.

I can promise that

I’ll share my dreams

my world,

and every aspect

of my life with you.

I’ll willingly be

your protector,

your advisor,

your counselor,

your friend,

your family,

your everything.

And I believe that’s

what love is truly

all about.

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1 Response to Jenny and Paul’s Surprise Wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion

  1. fatemadolly says:

    Your post is very interesting. I like it very much. The limousine service is very important on the first night. Wedding limo services are also very popular with me.

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