On April 25, NYC Councilman James G. Van Bramer converted the backyard of his Sunnyside home into a wedding destination for Mark Van Name and Jennifer O’Leary.
The Long Island City couple had sent out their wedding invitation for April 25. Their guest list
had more than 200 people. But COVID-19 had changed the world, and this couple’s plans.
In a last-ditch effort to tie the knot, they tried one more thing. They called their Bramer’s office for information, and he made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
He offered to officiate their wedding in his backyard Saturday.
“We didn’t want to make it just a quickie or insignificant. We wanted to give it dignity. We wanted it to be sweet and special for Mark and Jenny,” said Van Bramer, reports Pix 11.
“We didn’t know there would be an archway. They were playing music, the same music. It still felt very special,” said O’Leary, the bride.
So Saturday, they got married.
Van Bramer’s partner was the DJ and videographer. The 15-minute ceremony included their two best friends as witnesses.
The bride and groom wore matching masks and gloves. Over a 100 people celebrated their union on Zoom later that night.
It wasn’t what this couple envisioned, but the bride said it turned out to be even better.
“They did a favor for us. To remind us there are still reasons to smile. There is still love in the world, and hope,” said Van Bramer.