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29 February 2008
We knew that getting married in New York in February would be cold. But standing there taking photos on Broadway, we were encircled by skyscrapers that shielded us from the wind. To the southwest of the temple, the low-rise Lincoln Center formed a break in the walls of the concrete canyons that surrounded us, which allowed the warmth of the afternoon sunshine to stream down. It wasn’t until we walked over to Central Park that we realized just how cold Leap Day in New York City could be. And that is to say, very.
Frederick Law Olmsted’s great masterpiece was sure to form a dramatic backdrop for some additional wedding photos. We felt the best spot for these photos would be the Sheep’s Meadow, an expanse of grass where one can see the modern and postmodern geometry of midtown’s towers break to make way for the natural (though sculpted) irregularity of Central Park’s canopy. From Central Park West to the Sheep’s Meadow we proceeded, only to find locked gates with signs indicating that some sort of hazardous chemical—insecticide, fertilizer, or something similar—had recently been sprayed and that the meadow was subsequently closed to the public for several days.
So we did the best thing we could do: we took photos next to the Sheep’s Meadow. With a chain-link fence behind us. Almost the same effect, right? It was the first opportunity in our marriage for us to learn simply to roll with the punches.
After not too long, the cold and the wind became almost intolerable, especially for poor Susan in a wedding dress that left her largely exposed to the elements. Most of our friends and family said their goodbyes to us, and we returned to Broadway and the temple for more photos and some final farewells.