Today is a lovely 91 degree day in the city – hot but not humid, and a perfect day to get same-sex married in one of the two pop-up chapels near Columbus Circle at the Merchant’s Gate entrance to Central Park. The area seemed equally divided with well wishing onlookers as well as police and wedding staff.
The crowd was behaved although one onlooker’s father, a grumpy tourist who was more hungry for his lunch than storybook-New-York-City-style-romance, continually groused to his wedding-loving-daughter:
Grumpy Dad: C’mon, we’ve watched enough of this! Let’s get lunch!
Wedding-Loving-Daughter: You get lunch. I wanna watch!
Grumpy Dad: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Wedding-Loving-Daughter was adorable, and a thought occurred to me:
Me: People meet at weddings all the time. Give her your Lame Adventures card.
Then a second thought occurred to me:
Me: She’s at least thirty years younger than you. You’re older than her dad. And, hello, you’re not a cougar!
I kept my card and returned my focus to the festivities.
This event offered free weddings including officiating, photography, champagne, witnesses, and of most importance to every New Yorker, cupcakes, to 24 first come, first serve couples that responded to the Pop-Up Chapel web site. The weddings are co-sponsored by an on-line wedding planning site called the Knot. The number 24 was selected because June 24th was the date that the bill was passed to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.
The two chapels were selected from 56 design entries. Two of the stipulations were that these chapels had the capacity to be constructed within two hours on the morning of the event, and they measure no more than eight by eight feet. The winners were Kiss by Z-A Studio and a cube of rainbow ribbons by the design firm ICRAVE. What I liked most about Kiss, aside from the simple elegance of the design, was that when separated, the two pieces could not stand alone. Gee, if I was the sappy type, I might have popped a tear when I wrote that.
Here are some pictures of the two chapels of love Gotham City-style and some of the loving couples. Click on this loving couples to link to learn a little about fourteen of the couples that were wed today. They’ve been together between three and thirty-seven years or according to my abacus, an average of eleven years.