When you're in love, even the most mundane locations seem romantic — grocery stores, sidewalks, and, it turns out, the New York City Subway! Take it from newlyweds Hector Irakliotis and Tatyana Sandler, who threw tradition to the wind and got married on the N train on Friday as a nod to their courtship.
According to the New York Daily News, the couple spent so much time on the Subway while they dated that they felt it was only appropriate to get married on it, too. "We've been through a lot. Good times, bad times, and a lot of the good times have taken place on the train," Irakliotis said. "Confessions of love, reconciliations, goofy, ridiculous conversations — the whole spectrum. In New York, you spend so much time on the train, we thought why not?"
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There's even more to the story, according to Sandler. "I'm originally from Ukraine, and each time we'd come back here, I'd say to Hector, 'It doesn't feel like home until I see the skyline as we're crossing the bridge.' And he remembered that. He planned it out specifically so that we'd see the skyline as we were married," she explained to the News.
Not only was it a meaningful venue, they got a pretty good view out of it, as well — the ceremony occurred as the train went over the Manhattan Bridge at around 4 p.m. The groom boarded with his groomsmen first, who jazzed up the train car by decorating the poles and seats with festive white ribbons. The décor was complete by the time Sandler and her maid of honor boarded several stops later. After the wedding, they had their recessional in a Subway station, where they also posed for pictures.
Though romantic, it wasn't a private event, as you can see in the view above. Regular Subway riders, in addition to the couple's roughly 20 guests, were on the train as well, and applauded after the couple were pronounced husband and wife. "I think it's very cute! It's romantic," passenger Debra Solomon said. "This is definitely a first. And look how cooperative everyone is! That says a lot."