Did I hear that right? Linda proposed to Curtis? The bride proposed to the groom? Tonight’s big question is how many brides would be OK with having to propose to their groom? Linda is a force of nature and Curtis is one of the funniest grooms I’ve ever met. They needed more help to get her mother on board with this wedding so that’s where we started. When Catherine Angel, an AMAZING jeweler at de Simone jewelers in Greenwich Village, came on board to help me with Curtis’ ring I knew this was going to be good.
To bridge the gap between Curtis and Linda’s mother I thought it would be cool for us to spend a little time in China Town, that way Curtis could really immerse himself in the Chinese culture. Hopefully Linda’s mom can come around and see what a GREAT guy Curtis is and how hard he is trying. We had a blast together that day, learning about the color red and how it’s good luck in Chinese. I never knew that!
Everything was coming together until Curtis changed wedding locations in a New York minute …but it turned out to be really cool…I can’t believe I married a couple in the back of a vintage yellow taxi going over the Brooklyn Bridge ….now that’s a strike!
Alison and Skip have quite the back story. She was married to a woman and met Skip, while he was working at home depot. Somehow that meeting changed both their lives in huge ways! My life as a wedding planner is never boring! I’m not sure they loved my “ride” but I loved theirs. They seem like a cool California couple to me even though they are from Long Island. Alison and Skip do everything together. They enjoy each other’s company so much that we all went dress shopping together. That was a first… to have the groom dress shopping. Can you believe the first dress she tried on was the winner?
Skip owns his own business; it’s a contracting company so I thought, let’s get them to do something I have never done before with a bride and groom. I got Sam who owns a metal working studio to let Alison and Skip design their rings. That was super cool! When Alison said she wasn’t nervous at all, she just wanted to be married, I just knew I needed to pick up the pace and marry these two love birds. Ok, did you see them read their vows off of their iphones! Alison and Skip I know you’re going to be very happy… SEND!
Belinda and Jerry. He’s Puerto Rican & African American and she’s Haitian; there must be a lot of fire and passion in that relationship. Just don’t mention a super hero ice sculpture to Belinda! I took them on a helicopter ride which was amazing!!! While we were scouting for them all I kept thinking about were future Ultimate USA Wedding locations. By the time we landed they had decided on a Queens’ location, the Unisphere, one of New York’s most iconic structures and we booked it immediately for their wedding. It is the world’s largest global structure, rising 140 feet and weighing 700,000 pounds. The Unisphere was conceived and constructed as the theme symbol of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair. The theme of the World’s Fair was “Peace through Understanding” and boy when we get to the end of the episode you’ll know why that line came in handy.
Belinda seemed stressed about her dress, glad the girls we’re there to help out. We had a stellar wedding location, chairs, violinist, and flowers. All my vendors came through and made the trip out to the Queens in all that Friday summer traffic. I still didn’t have Belinda’s bridesmaids, who had her shoes! What we did have was a MAJOR storm 20 minutes away! Honestly this was very stressful. Do I call off the wedding? Try to find a last minute backup location? Belinda wanted an outdoor location. I love doing outdoor weddings but every bride should consider the weather.
We couldn’t wait for the bridesmaids any longer. The police were shutting down the park, so Belinda walked that aisle in her bare feet. I really admire her, she had a crazy moment but then realized it’s about the person you’re marrying not your shoes!
Joy and Andre met in a chat room… well, that’s what Joy’s son said! I marry a lot of couples who met online… who cares where you meet someone. Love is love and I’m all for it!
Cinderella was the theme for their wedding, only it was less than 24 hours away which was a bit of a challenge …. I knew I could use Central Park as my backdrop I just didn’t know if they were going to like it or not. Andre is a New Yorker and he’s easy to work off of. That’s the beauty of us New Yorkers, you always know where you stand. We are very straight forward people and I know the rest of America might think we’re a little brash… we’re unique and very clear on what we want!
They LOVED Belvedere Castle, which by the way means beautiful views in Italian. It was the perfect fairy tale location. I will go off my diet anytime for some of Sylvia’s food in Harlem … now that’s New York!
Poor Joy. She was supposed to de-stress at that facial salon. But between the bus breaking down on its way up from Maryland and those bridesmaids I thought she was going to have a breakdown. I ran into the bridesmaids in the hotel bar and told them to back off my bride. Excuse me but aren’t bridesmaids supposed to have a bride’s back? Fired! That’s what I was thinking. On the morning of the wedding Andre looked like he’d been out all night; I felt like his father giving him a lecture on “your wedding day behavior.” Central Park never looked better. All their family and friends made it. Andre’s vows were poetic and the surprise rapper pulled it off at the end.
Cinderella with a rapper…only in New York.
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!
When I first met Meritza I had to take her “pole dancing class.” Did you notice I was the only guy there? I have a new respect for anyone who works with a pole. Even the telephone repair guy, firemen… I mean it took so much energy and all I wanted to do was talk about her wedding! The things you do for business! Kyle and Meritza have great energy; they are very down to earth but their first choice for a wedding location…you know the place by the trains and the bus depot, Five Points? It looked like a Nike factory gone wild!
I could see a photo shoot there, just not Meritza and Kyle’s wedding. I bet their parents will thank me for that.
Am I crazy thinking I could set Kyle and Meritza’s wedding in the middle of a runway show during the height of fashion week? It just seemed so right. It’s their world. And I was out of my mind to let Michael the “runway coach” talk me into a pair of heels. I will NEVER complain about a bride not moving fast enough again. That wedding on the runway blew it out of the universe for me, and was it me or did Kyle and Meritza seem completely cool and runway like? Her dress looked beautiful and so did Kyle’s $800 sneakers. I was soooo nervous, could you tell?
Fashion show √
Runway wedding √
Happy couple √
David is so totally in love with Abigail and tells her constantly in the tape, and throughout the whole show you could see their connection. I love the fact that they are my “virgin New Yorkers.” Little did they know I used to be a NYC tour guide. I thought, OK, let’s really show them the city.
That tour was a blast! And a flash back for me: I gave them my uptown and downtown tour in 4 hours. But when I pulled up to their wedding location and showed them Grand Central Station Abigail got so emotional. It was a very sincere moment or “happy tears” as Abigail called it. I have to confess, I’m always nervous when I show brides different wedding locations. I want it to be everything they always dreamed of but couldn’t put their finger on. It’s like finding a needle in a hay stack and we found it!
For me it’s really personal because I grew up in Westchester, NY and my parents used to take me down to “the city” as we called it ever since I can remember. We usually took the train so as a little boy to see that huge amazing terminal and to walk right past the same place that Abigail and David were married was a big wow factor for me. I got chills watching tonight’s episode.