After almost fourteen months of digital correspondence, Helen and Diarmuid finally got hitched! Their destination wedding in New York was actually quite simple with a touch of tradition and a touch of the personal. Helen first contacted me in June 2009 to check availability and for general ideas. Over the next months, this fabulous couple solidified their plans: they selected a weekday and time for the ceremony, picked a location (shadow of the Angel of Waters Fountain at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park), got a $25 permit, choose Alice’s Tea Cup for a post-ceremony brunch of cake and tea, invited their nearest and dearest, prepared a website to help their fellow travelers find food, lodging, and entertainment in NYC, arranged for the hotel, got rings, clothes, and opted for a standard, traditional-esque civil ceremony. A friend also gifted them with the best alternative to a real flower bouquet I’ve seen yet. The fantastic friend made a bouquet out of paper…from a book…by the wonderful Jane Austen — Sense and Sensibility. For this highly literate and over-educated couple (as a former Sociologist, I mean that in the most affectionate sense!), it was a perfect wedding plan. I completely concur!
By the way, the photographer (Liam), Helen, Diarmuid, and I also wandered into this adorable rustic shelter by Fifth Avenue and 69th Street that would be great for those who want a more secluded, private ceremony. It has seating for about six to twelve guests with a cool rock formation adjacent to it.