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Non-Profit Wedding Venue: HousingWorks Bookstore, SOHO

We're adding the HousingWorks Bookstore to our list of non-profit wedding venues we love. This great bookstore and cafe is a 'secret' peaceful hideaway in SOHO, where I donate all my used books and CDs. You can join their mailing list for special events, and you can get married here:
"With its twenty-foot ceilings, spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, and rows upon rows of books, this downtown bookshop resembles an Ivy League library. It can hold up to 120 guests for a sit-down dinner, with in-house catering available but not mandatory. Hourly rental rates start at $500, and every cent goes to benefit the homeless living with AIDS".


Pix from Brooklyn's Martha Stewart PopUp Wedding Chapel

Picture by Sarah Sloboda

We're marrying 5 couples at the Martha Stewart PopUP Wedding Chapel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in June. Here are some pix from the photoshoot for the first wedding. And here's the little ABC News clip. Best wishes to all the lovely couples - a pink time was had by all.


New York's Highline Opens - Map of entrances.

pix by Jason Kuffer. Yes, you can get married at the Highline. But for now, why not just enjoy a quiet walk? It's not very big (only the southern end is open), and a brief small wedding of 5 people might be nice - but there are so many BIGGER parks to choose, of course. We'd hate to see this oasis of calm get swamped with events (though we have already seen wedding photographers clump up the stairs with high-heeled bridies). Here's a MAP of where you can enter.

See Katie Sokoler's night-time pix! (Katie shot the Improv Wedding Reception photos, below!)

UPDATE: OK, we DID marry a nice couple on a Monday Morning - very quick, 20 people, we had to run from the rain, but it was fun. But it's generally impossible later in the day or on the weekend - the guards will tell you stories about the crowding and the lines and the hissy fits over the lounge chairs, etc.


Improv Everywhere - Surprise Wedding Reception.

You MUST watch this!
Improv Everywhere decided to choose a random couple emerging from a City Hall wedding and give them a free 'wedding reception' across the street in City Hall plaza - complete with a marquee, music, a cake, presents, bridesmaids, toasts and the macarena! Here they are, right downtown under the tent, tasting their Wedding Cake! Note the bride saying (at the end of video) "Everything happened so fast in there, we wanted something more - and then we got it! I didn't know New Yorkers could be so nice". Then they take off (in the rain) in a pedicab with 'Just Married' on the back. This pix by "'Agent' Sokoler also see pix by Agent Slocum" ENJOY!!!