Nicole and Will got married underneath the Wisteria Pergola in the Conservatory Gardens in May. They brought around fifty guests from their home in Dallas, Texas. Although I don’t usually attend the weddings I plan, in this case I was also there, too! They visit New York quite often because Will has family in the city, so they had checked out the park and chosen where they’d like to get married before contacting me to help arrange everything for their destination wedding in Central Park.
The couple had known each other for ten years when they got married. They met on a soccer field in Corinth, Texas when Will was coaching his niece Reagan’s team. Nicole’s daughter, Cassidy, played in the same league, but on the rival team. Will and Nicole were introduced by Will’s friend Mark. It took a little time and courting, but eventually, Will was able to get both Nicole and Cassidy to join his team!
I arranged for the bridal bouquet of large white calla lilies, the groom’s boutonniere, and five bridesmaid bouquets of smaller blush calla lilies to be delivered to their hotel on the morning of the wedding. They were staying at the the Library Hotel, where Nicole and Will also held their reception.
We had a violinist and cellist play at the ceremony. They played for the guests while they waited for the bride to arrive. She arrived to Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley. Nicole’s son gave her away. Will’s mom read from Corinthians, Chapter 13 and Nicole’s Dad read from Genesis, Chapter 2 and Ecclesiastes, Chapter 4. I’ll put the text at the end of this post. And our multi-faith ordained officiant read from John, Ephesians, Peter and John, and I’ll put that at the end too. Nicole and Will had met our officiant along with these family members for an informal rehearsal the evening before.
We had a videographer capture the ceremony and also some footage afterwards while they group took photos around the Conservatory Gardens with their photographer Jakub Redziniak. After the group photos, a minibus collected the guests and took them ack to their hotels to freshen up in advance of the reception, while a car took Jakub, Nicole and Will to the center area of the park for more photos around Bethesda Terrace.
Congratulation to Nicole and Will, and thank you so much for allowing me to attend your wedding and to be a witness on your marriage license. If you would like me to help you with planning your own Central Park wedding or elopement, whether you’re from near or far, visit our website. Keep updated with our news and see lots of beautiful photos, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and follow us on Pinterest.
Corinthians, Chapter 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7 [a]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Genesis, Chapter 2
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 4
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
John, Ephesians, Peter and John
John 4:16 “Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” 1
Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”