All of you who read my blog regularly (or pretty much at all) will know of my affinity for afternoons in Bryant Park, since aspects of it come up here pretty much every couple of weeks. It's such a cool place...an urban oasis, of sorts. It's this few square blocks of intense greenery European-style right smack dab in the middle of the busiest city blocks in the world. In my opinion, the contrast is what makes it so cool.
Dan and I decided to host our engagement party in Bryant Park because of our love for it and the proximity to our apartment. It was relatively easy to obtain a special events permit, for those of you who are curious. Many people asked me about that. Just go onto the city parks website and fill out the online form and give them $25. Then we found a caterer who only does tea parties (www.modernteanyc.com).
The rainy pseudo-hurricane off the coast threatened to ruin the day, but the weather pretty much held out and we were able to corral about a dozen of those huge Bryant Park umbrellas (thank you, tax dollars) to keep the whole thing rain-free.
It ended up being a lot of fun for us and hopefully our guests enjoyed themselves, too. It was truly a lovely gathering in a very memorable setting. Although the stress of the possible bad weather has convinced me completely that an outdoor wedding is a poor life choice. Some pictures, if you're interested: