They heart NYC

They heart NYC

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York may not be the most romantic movie ever, but it set Katherine Moane on a romantic course she could never have predicted.

After seeing it, Katherine fell in love with the idea of New York City at Christmastime. Finally, she got her wish. She and then-boyfriend Greg Foxwell, both 30, were on a stroll through Central Park four days before Christmas when Greg surprised her at the famous Bethesda Fountain.

“In front of the fountain,” Katherine recalls, “he stopped a couple and asked them to take our picture. Then he got down on one knee and proposed.” Katherine says that, even though her friends at home had been insisting she was going to come home with a ring, she was convinced it wasn’t going to happen, so his proposal took her by surprise.

And yes, there are pictures of the proposal – smart thinking Greg! Katherine says there is also a 20 second video of her reaction, tucked away unnoticed on her camera until recently.

A New York theme seemed natural when it came time to start planning their July 29th wedding.

“The only thing we knew is that we wanted a great party with delicious food,” Katherine said.

They decided on The Manor, a romantic, Tudor-style venue.

“I was so pumped to marry the woman of my dreams,” Greg said. “When Katherine walked down the aisle, I had tears of joy. She looked so stunning, and I’d never felt so happy.”

The couple wrote their own vows, which Greg said were easy to say with conviction, looking straight into one anothers’  eyes. “They were coming from the heart,” he said.

After the ceremony, at catered to the 180 guests with a cocktail hour featuring seafood hors d’oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner of a salad with goat cheese and candied pecans, heart-shaped agnolotti, a choice of filet mignon or spinach and asiago-stuffed chicken with roasted potatoes, and tartufo for dessert. Their signature drinks included The Fifth Avenue and the New Yorker.

Drinks were just the beginning of their romantic theme. Katherine hand-made each of 18 centrepieces herself. “It was a lot of fun making them,” she said, “but exhausting. I spent two years and two trips to New York gathering centrepiece stuff!” There was a Big Apple table. At one New York Times themed table, each guest got a mock-Times with a personalized article. Her girlfriends occupied the Sex and City table complete with boas and high heels, and the kids’ table featured the I (heart) New York logo on a T-shirt for each. The cake, made by a former student of teacher Katherine’s, was modelled after the New York subway line.

The bridal party – 18 in all, including the happy couple – partied the night away at The Manor, and it’s safe to say the marriage will be just as big a success. After all, you know what they say about a New York-themed wedding – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!

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