RamScale is a wedding venue on West Street with stellar views of the Hudson River, the Jersey shoreline, Manhattan Rooftops, and even Lady Liberty. There, K + T married before about forty loved ones in a most atypical ceremony.
They put together a fabulously animated and humorously narrated multimedia slide-show with photos, video, and music from their ten-year long relationship. Skeptics, take note: it was fantastic! Including a few baby photos and photos of family and friends’ weddings as well, the slide-show wonderfully documented their life. It also presented an excellent, interactive way to introduce their ceremony. I suggested adding a poem, which I read, they exchanged personal vows, then a simple “I do” and ring exchange, invited witnesses to sign the license, and kissed for the first time as an officially married couple!
Note to Worried Couples on Budgets: Having recently renovated their apartment, I’d also like to note that this couple was on a tight budget (they seemed to have skipped the photographer and live music/DJ altogether, which is a decision I applaud simply for not getting pulled into the industry vortex). Nonetheless, their wedding celebration felt completely full, the decor was simple yet sophisticated, and everyone clearly enjoyed the wedding.
Here is K + T’s wedding reading by Pablo Neruda (Sonnet LXIX):
Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence,
without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking
later through the fog and the cobbles,
without the light you carry in your hand,
golden, which maybe others will not see,
which maybe no one knew was growing
like the red beginnings of a rose.
In short, without your presence: without your coming
suddenly, incitingly, to know my life,
gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind:
since then I am because you are,
since then you are, I am, we are,
and through love I will be, you will be, we’ll be.