They say it takes someone ten years to become a true New Yorker. But we think this couple have trumped that by living there, and then getting married on the NYC subway! Yep, Hector Irakliotis and his Ukraine-born bride, Tatyana Sandler, have set the bar kinda high by staging a wedding on the subway, because it’s their favourite place in the city (and because, why not). The ceremony, below, took place in the middle of a carriage amidst some pretty shocked (and teary) commuters!
Hector and Tatyana decided to wed on the N train as it passed from Brooklyn into Manhattan on the Manhattan Bridge, because it’s their favourite subway line. “I’m originally from Ukraine, and each time we’d come back here, I’d say to Hector, ‘It doesn’t feel like home until I see the skyline as we’re crossing the bridge,’” says Tatyana. “And he remembered that. He planned it out specifically so that we’d see the skyline as we were married.”
“We’ve been through a lot,” she says. “Good times, bad times, and a lot of the good times have taken place on the train. Confessions of love, reconciliations, goofy, ridiculous conversations — the whole spectrum. In New York, you spend so much time on the train, we thought why not?”
The train poles were decorated with festive silver bells and purple tulle (to match the bridesmaids dresses), all hung by Hector’s groomsmen. And it was the more, the merrier, with all of their surprised commuter guests looking on with delight. We dare you to not tear up when you watch their adorable wedding video:
What do you think of this quirky wedding, Knotties?
by Ivy Jacobsen & Rebecca Hanley