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PHOTOS: Ecstatic Couples Tie The Knot as the Manhattan Marriage Bureau Reopens

The Lower Manhattan center for City Clerk-officiated ceremonies resumed in-person weddings Friday after being shuttered for over a year due to the pandemic.

Sae Feurtado and her husband Richard Kissi exit the Marriage Bureau as a happily married couple, July 23, 2021.
Sae Feurtado and her husband Richard Kissi exit the Marriage Bureau as a happily married couple, July 23, 2021.
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Harlem residents Sae Feurtado, 32, and Richard Kissi, 34, were planning to get married at City Hall when the pandemic hit.

The couple, who had been waiting several years to tie the knot, were about to give up on their dream and hold the ceremony in Central Park when they heard Mayor Bill de Blasio announce he was planning to reopen the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

“Today, I think we’re just feeling really grateful to get it done and to get it done in the most classic New York City way at City Hall,” Feurtado said Friday after the couple made jubilant exit from the Worth Street building.

Here are some more photos documenting the first day of the return of in-person City Clerk-officiated weddings — another flicker of faith in the future.

George Taxi, 52, a florist selling bouquets outside of the Marriage Bureau entrance, returns to the post he’s occupied for 7 years for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic brought city life to a halt, July 23, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Florist George Taxi, 52, returned to the post he’s occupied for seven years for the first time since the pandemic brought city life to a halt.

Taxi worked for ride-sharing and food delivery apps like Uber and Doordash to earn a living through the closure.


City officials took safety precautions during the first day of the marriage bureau’s reopening in lower Manhattan, July 23, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

City officials took safety precautions during the reopening.


“We’ve been trying to get married and now that it’s actually happening I’m really nervous and I don’t know what to feel,” said Fabian Gavilanes, left, and his partner, Pablo Calderon while they tied the knot at the city’s marriage bureau on the first day of its reopening since the COVID pandemic started, July 23, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

“We’ve been trying to get married and now that it’s actually happening I’m really nervous and I don’t know what to feel,” said Fabian Gavilanes, left.

He and his partner, Pablo Calderon, waited a year to make it official.


A photographer displays their portfolio on the steps of the Marriage Bureau in Lower Manhattan on the first day of its reopening since COVID, July 23, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

A photographer displayed a portfolio on the steps of the Marriage Bureau while couples waited their turn.


Alfred Marochini waits for his friends outside of the Marriage Bureau, July 25, 2021. He planned on attending the ceremony as a witness but learned of the strict safety restrictions limiting couples to one witness per ceremony. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Alfred Marochini waited for his friends outside of the bureau.

He had planned on attending their ceremony until learning about the strict safety restrictions limiting couples to one witness per ceremony.


Jarenth De Leon and Alexia Alurralde enjoy their first moments of marital bliss after tying the knot at City Hall on Friday, July 23, 2021. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

Alexia Alurralde, right, and Jarenth De Leon were were headed for a digital pairing before they got the opportunity for a more traditional ceremony.

“We were originally gonna do a virtual ceremony and when that got shut down we were like, ‘OK, guess we’ll just wait some more,’” said Alurralde about delaying her big day with De Leon after Gov. Andrew Cuomo discontinued online weddings.

“I feel fortunate to get to experience what we actually planned,” added De Leon. “A virtual marriage didn’t feel as official or ceremonious so we were glad that we were able to do it.”

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