Central Park Wedding: Cynthia & Jessica
Cynthia and Jessica traveled from Houston to enjoy a Central Park wedding in New York City on May 19, 2012. Jessica is a Yankees fan, so the location was perfectly fitting.
“There were complete strangers listening in,” Jessica said. She had originally wanted to elope without any guests in tow, and felt stressed that in the end they brought six family members and friends along.
Jessica felt nervous about sharing her vows in front of anyone other than Cynthia. “I felt vulnerable,” she confessed. Even the photographer’s presence was a surprise to her. Cynthia and Jessica’s mom planned that. In the end, Jessica said, everything was amazing.
After the ceremony, the brides took their guests to a café just outside Central Park.
Later on they celebrated at Culture Club, with a late night of 80s dancing. “We partied all night. It was really a whirlwind,” Jessica said.
Cindy – the one wearing a gown – is the planner in their relationship, and that was also true of the wedding festivities. The two women met more than 5 years ago through a mutual friend, at a Houston bar when Jessica was visiting from out of town. They dated long distance for two and a half years, until Jessica saw that it was time to get a job in Houston. Just one year after they met, Jessica proposed when they were visiting Cynthia’s family in the Ozarks.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.