Kevin & Frank
A December Wedding
8:12pm was the official ceremony start time to honor the date Frank and Kevin met: August 12th, 1995. A simple encounter at a bar with lengthy exchanged looks, quick hellos and some small talk led to a dinner date the following evening. The pair has not been apart longer than three days since.
Frank and Kevin happily reside in Houston and began preparations for their NYC wedding a full year before the big event. "We watched as the country slowly accepted marriage equality. When New York passed its legislation, we knew it was time." After decades of vacations in NYC, it was the right place to say "I do."
"Kimpton has always proudly supported equality, which is why we looked at its properties first. After searching through many venues, Eventi stood out the most." The design and size of the fourth floor Verdi space was perfect for their 50- 60 person affair but it was the staff that sealed the deal. "The catering team created a custom menu fit to our exact needs, the reservations department gave us great rates for our guests, the event staff had perfect answers to our questions about the cake, flowers, music, etc."
"The hotel staff's flexibility let us follow OUR dream. It really took the stress off."
The two woke to champagne delivered to their luxurious Manhattan suite, compliments of the hotel team. Turns out, the bubbly acted as hair of the dog treatment after the grooms' bachelor party the night before. When the group returned to the hotel late in the evening after the party, the front desk concierges welcomed them home with a hula hoop contest in true Kimpton style.
Formal evening festivities kicked off with hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the 4th floor lobby. "The Skinny Groom," the couple's bespoke cocktail with pomegranate, lime, vodka and soda, was a play on the dieting the two did to fit into their suits.
Verdi I was designed with delicate touches for the ceremony. A longtime friend of the couple performed the marriage and readings included meaningful passages from religion, literature and politics that the grooms chose together. The beautiful ceremony was followed by a seated dinner reception in Verdi II, all captured by their talented photographer, Erica Camille. .
"A bit of Texas made it to our wedding," says Kevin. Each place setting was adorned with a single Yellow Rose of Texas. A "perfect winter meal" led to teary-eyed toasts which lasted well into the wee hours of the morning. Famed cake maker Sylvia Weinstock draped her creation with yellow roses and Southern bluebonnets.
"We got much more than we paid for, so in terms of the bottom line, I would recommend Eventi over anywhere else. But, truly, it was the staff that made our experience. Catering Manager Lisa Benoit and her event staff so clearly had everything under control that we were able to enjoy the fun of simply celebrating the biggest day of our life. We did not have a wedding planner and we didn't need one because we had the expertise of the Eventi folks on our team."
"Oh, did I mention the weather the whole week was Sunny and 50 degrees...in the middle of December?!?! Clearly, Mother Nature supports marriage equality!"