Avoiding hurricanes for weddings
29.08.2011 - 02.09.2011 28 °C
We were taking a 4 day break from South America to get up to New York for our friends wedding, however Mother Nature wanted to play a little hard ball. We had a lot of flying to do to get from Easter Island up to New York and in the end this saved us from Hurricane Irene. We flew from Easter Island at midday, had to sleep overnight in Santiago Airport before a morning flight to Lima, then on to San Salvador before getting the final flight to New York arriving at 2.30am. To say that I was wrecked was a little understating it!
We had treated ourselves to the Intercontinental Barclay, and the bed was a welcome sight! We had a decent lay in before getting up and meeting our friends Tony & Mel around the corner for some pre-wedding drinks. It had been 2 ½ years since we last saw them, so it was good to catch up on the events that have happened since they left UK. I have known Tony since I was 13 and had the important task of being best man the following day. We had a good evening of drinking and eating after splitting into boys and girls groups.
The following morning was a typical wedding morning with lots going on before heading up to Central Park for the ceremony. Mel and Tony had done an amazing job of organising their wedding from Australia and it all came together perfectly on the day. The spot for the ceremony overlooking the lake was really nice and considering a tropical storm had been through a couple of days before the weather was perfect.
The vows were exchanged, and after a few photos we all went on a pedal bike tour of central park to get to the transport for the reception. It was a really good idea by Mel and Tony, as everyone got a bit of history and saw the sights of central park while the bridal party were getting the photo’s done!
The reception was held at the River Café which is famous for its Brooklyn Bridge desert. We did get to experience this famous desert but that was after some amazing food all round. We were certainly spoilt for the day. We had a good few laughs and really enjoyed the afternoon before having a few hours free in the afternoon to have a nap before meeting again.
Tanya and I spent our time with Jess and Don who we hadn’t met before the wedding, but got on really well with. We managed to sneak into the free cocktail lounge at their hotel to enjoy a few snack and beverages before heading back to meet up with everyone at the terrace at the Roosevelt hotel where Tony and Mel had organised a table for cocktails. It was a really good finish to the day and we had fun chatting with everyone and getting well into the spirit of the evening. We kicked on for a bit with Don and Jess at the end of the night to finish of a great day!
The following day, we met with most people for breakfast and then went and got a few errands done like posting off some souvenirs before meeting up with Don and Jess again to do a bit of shopping. We went down to Macey’s and got a few bits and pieces before having a really nice cheap Chinese meal with them. After that we met up Mel and a few others for some drinks and dinner then called it a night.
We had to wake at 3.30am to get the subway out to JFK airport for another long schedule of flights to get to La Paz in Bolivia.
Daniel – The wedding was great, we were really happy to be there and share the day with such good friends. Also had a good time meeting and getting to know the other people at the wedding and will be looking forward to catching up with them back in Perth when we finally get there.
Tanya – OMG I cant believe what a great show Mel and Tony put on for the wedding – it was amazing!! We had a great time in NYC although we didn’t do the touristy thing – it was a nice early holiday from the holiday