Two personal trainers from Alaska became the first gay couple to get married at the Empire State Building in New York City Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
In a unique New York City Valentine’s Day tradition, the Empire State Building allows a handful of couples to get married at the iconic location each year, with the weddings held on Feb. 14.
Couples submit their photos and stories of how they met, and the most compelling couples are picked. This Feb. 14, the first Valentine’s Day that same-sex couples have been legally allowed to marry in New York state, the four winning couples also got a free ceremony, reception and champagne toast designed by event planner Colin Cowie, Gothamist reported.
Stephanie Figarelle, 29, and Lela McArthur, 24, met in an anatomy class at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where they are finishing their degrees, the AP reported. They tied the knot on the 61st floor of the building at 8 a.m., then posed for photographs on the 86th-floor observation deck.
At 11 a.m., New Yorkers Phil Fung, 49, who works in the technology department of a financial firm, and Shawn Klein, 51, an administrator at New York Presbyterian Hospital, got married, the AP reported. The two met at the Roxy nightclub 18 years ago.
"You can find true love on the dance floor. It can happen," Klein, told the AP.
The two other lovebirds getting married at the Empire State Building today were Angela Vega and Lubin Masibay of San Francisco and Paula Cubero and Enrique Catter of Greenwich, Conn., the AP reported.
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