Alex and Michael's story is one full of happy accidents. They met at the end of July 2012 at a cooking class in Brooklyn, that Michael almost didn't attend. Characteristically, Michael arrived twenty minutes late, which ended up being a great "decision", because the only available seat was across from a very pretty girl. They were too anxious to speak to one another at the event, but Michael tried to show off at one point by slicing a lemon.
Later, the two spoke online (with Alex breaking her "I don't message first" rule) and organized a date. Alex was inclined to skip but didn't, and Michael arrived twenty minutes late, again, covered in sweat, because he ran to the restaurant. Alex told him later she was none too happy about this, but Michael tried his best to be funny and won her over. They bonded over shared hobbies and the same goofy sense of humor.
They almost didn't have a second date. Alex's cell phone was on the fritz and Michael never got her response to his request for one. Both thinking they had snubbed one another, the two got despondent and angry before Alex had the good sense to send another message. Crisis averted, they carried on happily.
A few dates and a few months later, Alex and Michael ended up falling deeply in love with one another. In a way, getting married has always been a given, because despite all the near misses, they both felt they were meant to be together.
Since then, Alex and Michael have built a life and home together, come up with many ridiculous nicknames for one another, powered through every cooking show they can find, beat a lot of survival horror video games, argued every political controversy there is, and have come to depend on each other in more than a few ways.
Wedding ceremony will take place at the Empire Fulton Ferry Boardwalk at 5:00PM.
Wedding reception to follow at The DUMBO Loft at 6:00PM.
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The Metro-North Railway offers the most affordable access to the city if you are traveling from elsewhere in the Northeast United States. From Rhode Island, take the New Haven line into Grand Central Terminal and take the New York City Subway System or cab from there (more information below). The New Haven line begins in New Haven, CT, but the station in nearby Milford, CT may be more accessible as it offers free weekend parking. Metro-North tickets cost about $15-$20 one-way.
NYC is also served by AmtrakNYC Subways and ground transport can be easily accessed.
Google Maps or your GPS program/device of choice can direct you by car. As you may expect, parking can be a serious issue. The Hampton Inn Brooklyn, our wedding hotel, offers $33 per day parking without in-and-out privileges (in other words, if you leave during the day, you'll have to pay again if you return). Street parking, while not impossible to find, is unreliable. We recommend public transit during your stay.
NYC is served by two airports, La Guardia Airport and JFK International. Both provide easy access to cabs and the subway system.
TRANSPORT WITHIN NYC
The subway system is the cheapest and most reliable means of transportation while in the city. At present, a ride costs $2.75, and can be purchased by electronic MetroCard machines in subway stations. A $10 or $20 MetroCard will probably cover the lion's share of your subway travel during your stay. Cabs, as well as Uber, are a convenient if somewhat expensive way to get around. NYC yellow cabs offer set fares, credit card payment, and only occasionally harrowing trips through the five boroughs and beyond.
The Hampton Inn Brooklyn is a 15 minute walk from the wedding venue. Head north on Flatbush Ave Extension towards Tillary St, then make a slight right to stay on Flatbush Ave Extension. Turn left onto Concord St, right to Jay St, left to Prospect St, then right onto Pearl St. The venue is at the intersection of Water and Pearl.
From Grand Central Terminal
To the wedding ceremony: DETAILS TO COME.
To the wedding venue: Take the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 train to Broadway-Lafayette station and transfer to the Coney Island Island bound F train. Get off at York Street in Brooklyn, and then walk west on York Street. Take a right at Pearl St, and follow it to Water St. Dumbo Loft is at the intersection of Pearl and Water.
To the Hampton Inn Brooklyn
From Penn Station
To the wedding ceremony: DETAILS TO COME.
To the wedding venue: Head east on 34th St to 34th and 6th Ave (Avenue of the Americas). Board a Coney Island bound F train at 34th St--Herald Square Station. Get off at York St in Brooklyn, and then walk west on York Street. Take a right at Pearl St, and follow it to Water St. Dumbo Loft is at the intersection of Pearl and Water.
To the Hampton Inn Brooklyn: At Penn Station, board a Brooklyn bound A train. Get off at Jay St--Metrotech in Brooklyn, then walk north on Jay St. Take a right on Tillary St, then a right on Flatbush Ave Extension.
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