I Do: This NYC Wedding Is Proof That Love Conquers All

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we were supposed to get married in October. the reality of that happening in our current climate seemed slim. Amanda’s business closed and everything has just blown up. we got our marriage license yesterday and were walking out the door to get hitched at the courthouse when the mayor announced the immediate closure of the marriage bureau. after several hours of crying (& drinking), one of our dear friends @iknowmattwilson sent us a message saying he was ordained and could marry us through the state of NY (nyc has weird laws that you have to be married by someone ordained by this county clerk). we said YES, finished our work meetings, walked down the street to his apartment and got married below his fourth story window as the neighborhood looked on alongside 4 of our best friends @kktapper @harold_gibbons @joselynmujica (& @erikahenningsen through a car because #socialdistancing). what a day. amidst the uncertainty and despair we all feel right now, marrying the love of my life in the most NYC moment was perfect. i’ve waited 4 years to call @wheelsfit my wife and this was all just the cherry on top of the love i feel every day. ❤️

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Miracles happen – and New York City is proof. The last couple of days have seen one of Savoir Flair’s favorite cities crippled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the eerily quiet streets contradicting its The City That Never Sleeps nickname. It is now an epicenter of the virus, and accounts for roughly five percent of the world’s confirmed cases.

But amidst it all, one couple chose to solidify their commitment in the most unexpected way: alone, on the sidewalk, with one of their friends officiating from his fourth-floor apartment window. And instead of accepting wedding gifts, the newlyweds have now launched an Actors Fund intended to support people in film, theater, television, and music – fields that have been particularly affected by the lockdown in New York. Here’s to more humanity in the face of adversity in the days to come.

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