A few months ago, I was approached by a young couple from Westchester County that had a unique idea for a wedding, one that I could strike from my Celebrant bucket list: they wanted a fun, upbeat ceremony, for their wedding….at the Palisades Mall! The couple had literally grown up at the mall. Their first date, at Pizzeria Uno, was followed by countless days and evenings spent “hanging out” in the common areas at the mall, watching movies, snacking in the food court, and more.
Larry and Julie had arranged to have their wedding at the Levity Comedy Club on a Sunday afternoon. Certain things about the ceremony were standard fare: the bride wore a lovely white gown and she was accompanied by a beautiful set of bride’s maids, while the groom and his entourage looked spiffy in their tuxes. They processed to the newly popular wedding anthem, “I Choose You,” by Sara Bareilles, and I offered a personalized wedding script that told their love story—how they grew up together, came to love their unique qualities, and supported each other in their hopes and dreams, as an individual and a couple.
Other parts of the wedding and celebration to come were not so familiar. The guests sat at cocktail rounds as vows were exchanged. The post wedding cocktail reception was catered by Chipotle, the Mexican restaurant next door to the comedy club. After photographs with family members, the wedding party set about on a stroll in the mall. The Palisades is a large Shopping Center that not only features innumerable stores, large and small, but a vast entertainment area in the center of the property. So, the couple could take one-of-a-kind photographs on the mall carousel, near the Ferris Wheel, and all about, as curious, happy onlookers cheered them on.
Knowing a bit about retailing, I had contacted the marketing folks at the Mall, and their parent company to let them know about this fabulous event at their Center. And they, of course were thrilled.
At the end of the day, I think it is fair to say, that everyone was happy. I was pleased that I provided high-quality service to this off-beat couple. Family and friends had an awesome time, and most importantly the Bride and Groom were thrilled.
Enjoy some of the photos of this very special wedding!