Central Park Wedding: Steven & David
When Hurricane Sandy derailed Steven and David’s wedding plans, they had to scramble to get a permit to marry at a different park instead. But in the end, they loved getting married in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. “It turned out to be a great choice,” Steven said.
The grooms were married on Nov. 18, 2012. Their original plan was to hold the ceremony at Fort Tyron Park, in Northern Manhattan. That was a place they had been to together several times, and they loved the atmosphere, especially the beautiful fall foliage and views of the Hudson River and New Jersey. But the hurricane caused too much damage, and the park was closed.
Despite the last minute change, their wedding day was perfect. A crisp autumn day with perfect blue skies and beautifully colored foliage made a gorgeous backdrop for their Central Park wedding ceremony. About 15 guests gathered with them, about half from out of state. “That was really lovely, to see them all there with us,” Steven said.
After the ceremony the grooms and their guests headed to a private dining room at Atlantic Grill. Sitting around one long table, they all talked and laughed for hours. “It was almost like a Thanksgiving Dinner,” Steven said. “I wanted something laid back and casual, I wanted it to feel like home.” They chose Atlantic Grill because they’d been there before and loved the seafood, and the private room was just the right size for their party.
Steven and David met back in 2007, when they still lived in their home state of Florida. They were both new to online dating when they met. “I didn’t expect it would blossom into this,” Steven confessed, recalling their first movie date that turned into a three hour conversation at a local diner. Steven had studied musical theater, and in 2010 when he suggested they move to New York, David agreed. They got engaged during a vacation in Key West early in 2012. David had stored the ring in his swimming trunks when they left for a day of jet skiing. And then, in the middle of the ocean, he proposed.
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.