From T Magazine
During New York’s Pride Week at the end of this month, gay couples looking to get married will find a church in the unlikeliest of places: on the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Andrew Tarlow, one of the hotel’s founders, came up with the idea of putting a pop-up wedding chapel on the sixth-floor terrace as a tribute to the members of the L.G.B.T. community who live in the neighborhood, especially those who had worked with him for many years at his nearby restaurant Diner.
Peter Lawrence, Tarlow’s business partner, figured the ceremonies would benefit from a structure for attendees to congregate around. He immediately thought of his friend, the artist Tom Fruin, who is known for his sculptures made from reclaimed objects, like his now-iconic stained-glass watertower in Dumbo. Fruin, who also created the Wythe’s sculptural “Hotel” marquee from salvaged tin signage, had just completed a stained-glass house, titled “Maxikiosko,” that struck Lawrence for its ecclesiastic quality. So he asked to borrow it. “Sometimes you have to go searching for the right piece,” he says, “and sometimes the talented people you love make it easy for you.”
The hotel, which will begin taking bookings for the chapel this week, hopes to marry four couples a day over three days (June 27-29) in front of 20 of their nearest and dearest, as well as a hundred or so perfect strangers, since the bar will remain open to the public during the festivities. In addition to providing the space for an hour, the Wythe will offer a secular or non-secular officiant (couples can also bring their own), a private hourlong Champagne reception and a wedding portrait, all for the low, low price of $1500, making this about the most affordable way to get married in New York outside of City Hall.