Tim & Katie “Cookoo Bananas” …… I just love saying that!
Yes, people, opposites do attract and I’ve got them on my #MMNYC radar. Tim is warm and fuzzy and Katie is driving that car and their relationship.
She’s a singer and performer and wants a big theatrical church wedding. So I took them to the cathedral of Saint John the Divine on the upper west side, it’s the largest cathedral in NYC, and one of the largest in the world. They loved it! However, all I kept thinking was that she was seeing more of the acoustics, lighting, and kind of like a performance of a Broadway show and not her wedding. How do you tell a bride she’s going to have a “Sound of Music” wedding without the Von Traps? Ugh! They would just get lost in that big church. Besides they only had 20 guests and the cathedral seats over 10,000. The easiest thing in the world would be for me to just say, “You’re happy, I’m happy,” but I just COULDN’T do that! I just wanted to show her one more location… one that only Katie could pull off. It’s theatrical, original, has lots of energy, oh and a built in audience… Times Square! Having a wedding in the middle of Times Square during rush hour is a logistical nightmare BUT it just seemed so perfect for Katie and Tim.
New York weddings can be over whelming, especially when you’re from out of town. You need someone who knows the city like the back of their hand to help navigate you through it and I don’t mean a GPS… I was worried but they saw my vision… every wedding has a moment and Katie and Tim got one of New York’s biggest!!!!
Cassandra and Joko, now there are a lot of air miles in that relationship! They met at college, he followed her from his home town NYC to Texas and back to NYC … you have to love love!
I know they had their hearts set on Top Of the Rock as a wedding location (it’s really my favorite place to marry couples), but Cassandra had way too many guests and it wasn’t going to happen. We have a strong relationship with World Yacht so I got Marisa to start dialing. Getting married cruising along on the Hudson, on a private yacht and having all of New York as your back drop is an incredible opportunity. We got the location locked down but Cassandra’s mother …NOT! Ugh, time to change HATS and stop being a wedding planner and start being a wedding therapist. I knew if I could get Joko to have an honest, emotional conversation with Cassandra’s mother, she would realize these two are definitely in love. Besides I knew if we could just get Cassandra’s mother to the yacht there was no way she was going to be able to get off unless she planned on doing laps in the Hudson River. Joko needed to step up and make it happen and I was super proud of him. He did it with grace and respect.
What did you guys think of Cassandra and Joko’s vows? To me they were so emotional and both families got to hear how they felt about the other. What can I say except a blessing is a blessing? At the last minute they decided they wanted their minister to co officiate… go Jose Lopez! He was great but as I looked out the window I had a NY moment and stole the B&G and married them right in front of the Statue of Liberty. A classic image and beautiful moment they will always remember. …
Note to all future grooms… don’t forget your marriage license!