Our Kaptur of a Celebration of Love by Pop Up Chapel and The Knot

What a beautiful day! The Kaptur Memory team was proud to be part of more same-sex marriage celebrations in NY this Saturday when 24 couples were married in Central Park right by the Merchant’s Gate. Bex Schwarz, founder of the Pop Up Chapel and The Knot did an amazing job of pulling together this unique event in only 5 weeks and 2 days.

We created a special Kaptur Memory of the day and we’d love to have you be a part of it. If you were there, please add yourself to the Kaptur guest list and add your pictures to this growing collection of memories documented throughout the day. You can see our Kaptur here…

Everything was donated out of Love! Flowers, officiants, photographers, stylists, water, tissues and waterproof mascara were at the ready to make this day perfect for the 24 couples who were getting married. Rumor has it that the gift bags weighed over forty pounds full of great gifts like champagne and mini-wedding cakes.

There was a colorful rainbow chapel, designed by ICRAVE, where couples literally tied the knot and the “Kiss” chapel, designed by Z-A Studios, where 12 couples had their first kiss as a married couple.

There were so many cute tweets from the day, @KapturIt was having so much fun keeping up with all of the buzz…

@TaraAriano I keep seeing random people wander up, ask what’s happening, learn about @popupchapel, and have identical happy reactions. It’s nice.

@carleyroney Our very first couple married at today’s @popupchapel with @theknot Bryn & Leila, congrats!! #DOMA http://lockerz.com/s/125036305

@starbex BEST DAY EVER! 24 same-sex marriages! 24 celebrations of equality! TOO MUCH CAFFEINE. #popupchapel

@girlie_bee A brother just bawled while his sister recited her vows. This is why I do this. This is why I love weddings. #popupchapel

@almagsalon: People celebrating love in central park! So happy to be part of this awesome day. #popupchapel http://twitpic.com/5yezxz

@CityCakes: CONGRATULATIONS to all of the beautiful couples who tied the knot in Central Park at @popupchapel !!! Hope you enjoyed your cupcakes – LOVE!

@popupchapel @starbex THE day has arrived! I walked outside into the glorious day and tears of joy and gratitude flowed already! yay!

So excited to volunteer @popupchapel today! Note to self: SKIP MASCARA #preemptivecrying

New York Loves Marriage Equality, introducing theKnot.com’s Pop Up Chapel

We’re really excited about marriage equality in New York! I have a feeling you’ve probably noticed. This Saturday the Kaptur team will be out in full force again to show our excitement and support at the Pop Up Chapel in Central Park.

The lovely people at Pop Up Chapel and The Knot decided they wanted to do something special to commemorate marriage equality. They came up with this amazing idea to create the largest Pop Up Chapel in New York City and provide 24 couples with all of the wedding goodies they’d ever dreamed of. Why 24 couples? Well, since the Marriage Equality bill was passed on June 24th, the Pop Up Chapel organizers felt that ’24′ made perfect sense. We agree!

The lucky couples will have everything they desire for their special day – from the photographer, to the witness, to the post-wedding bubbly! Officiants are crafting custom ceremonies, City Cakes of Chelsea will be making complimentary cupcakes…yum! You name it, Pop Up Chapel has thought of it.

It’s such a thoughtful idea and we can’t wait to Kaptur it. We hope to see your memories of this one of a kind day in Central Park, add them to ours at Kaptur.com.

First couple wed in Manhattan under Marriage Equality Act!

After 23 years together, it was a sweet moment when a Chelsea couple exchanged “I do’s” this morning on the first day same-sex marriage became legal in New York state.

Kaptur congratulates Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84 (seated) the first couple married this morning at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office. Kaptur was on hand when the couple exited the building and raised their arms in victory to a cheering crowd.

“It was just so amazing,’’ Siegel said outside. ‘‘It’s the only way to describe it. I lost my breath and a few tears.” She added: ‘‘This is the first day of the rest of our lives.’’

July 24, 2011 – Marriage Equality arrives in NY!

Today is the first day same-sex marriage is legal in the state of New York! Kaptur is excited to be on the scene in both Manhattan and Brooklyn today to witness the historic events. 823 couples entered a lottery to receive wedding permits in New York City today, and couples started lining up at 4:30 this morning to be the first to wed! Throughout the day we’ll be bringing you some of the sights and sounds from the City Clerk’s offices. Early this morning, couples on their way to get their marriage licenses in Manhattan were cheered on by crowds with rainbow colored umbrellas (blocking out the sun on this day of 90+ degree heat!).