Monday, September 26, 2011

Saying "I Do" On The Shores Of The Gowanus Canal

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The Gowanus Canal as a backdrop for a wedding ceremony? Why not? It may not be Venice, but our very own industrial waterway has its own charm, no?
Proving that the canal can be a terrifically romantic place, Ariana Souzis and Joel Hamburger got married at the Gowanus Grove at 400 Carroll Street in front of friends and family this past Saturday. After the ceremony, the newlyweds climbed into a beautifully decorated canoe navigated by Eymund Diegel of the Gowanus Dredgers. They were rowed a ways on the canal to the Union Street Bridge, where they were successfully dropped off and regained terra firma by climbing up the stairs to the street.
Why wed on the shores of the Gowanus? Apparently Joel had proposed to Ariana on the Union Street bridge and the place obviously holds a lot of meaning for the two.
A bit unusual, yes, but it looked like a lovely ceremony.
Congratulations to the newlyweds.

7 comments:

N. Kensinger said...

Hi Katia -

Nice photos! I was at the wedding! After the ceremony, they had the reception at the Brooklyn Lyceum. A great Brooklyn event.

nathan

Katia said...

Cool, Nathan. I was actually on a second canoe. It was a first for me.
Would you mind forwarding the link to the happy couple?

SwampYankee said...

"The canal, in Brooklyn, is polluted with more than a dozen contaminants, including suspected carcinogens like polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs; metals like mercury, lead and copper; and debris, including sunken vessels." Do what you will, but subjecting your guests to this?

staceyjw said...

I always wanted to get married on a superfund site! and the portopotty and graffiti were classy touches too.

Artisanal Artist said...

Classy!

Anonymous said...

The Gowanus Canal as a backdrop for a wedding ceremony? Why not? It may not be Venice, but our very own industrial waterway has its own charm, no?

No! Are you out of your tiny minds?

JM

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pics from your viewpoint. I'm one of Joel's cousins and the whole affair was a great weekend and an expression of a lot about Joel and Ariana. We thought the wedding site was fantastic.

Besides, they didn't ask any of their guests to risk a dip into the canal.

Andy