V-Day Couples Wed Atop the Empire State Building

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    Jessica Chesnutt and Natalie Sauro took part in the first same-sex commitment ceremony atop the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

    Thirteen lucky couples took their love to new heights as they said, “I do” atop the world-famous Empire State Building.

    Valentine's Day is the only day of the year the Empire State Building opens its doors for weddings.

    Exchanging Vows on Top of the City

    [NY] Exchanging Vows on Top of the City
    Two brides from Brooklyn made history at the Empire State Building this Valentine's Day. (Published Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009)

    For the very first time in the Empire State Building’s history, two women -- Jessica Chesnutt and Natalie Sauro -- took part in a same-sex commitment ceremony.

    The Brooklyn couple was the third to exchange vows. Jessica proposed to Natalie on the Brooklyn Bridge during the Annual Wedding March for same-sex marriage rights.

    Jessica, Natalie and the twelve other couples that exchanged vows atop the city’s iconic landmark were selected from more than 400 entries in a nationwide contest. 

    The festivities started at 7 a.m. on Valentine's Day, with couples celebrating weddings and exchanging vows in individual private ceremonies surrounded by 20 of their closest friends and family members. The ceremonies were held on the Empire State Building’s 61st floor, which was transformed into a wedding wonderland by famed event planner and designer Michelle Rago and the Brides.com team.

    Each sky-high ceremony concluded with a champagne toast and a VIP trip to the 86th floor Observatory.

    The all-day event was sponsored by the Empire State Building and Brides.com.