Updated 07/30/2011 02:47 PM
Pop-Up Chapels Help Same-Sex Couples Tie The Knot
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Love was in the air Saturday as two dozen lucky same-sex couples got married for free in Manhattan's Central Park.
The couples were chosen to wed in the specially designed pop-up chapels through a contest sponsored by the wedding site The Knot.
The project was the idea of a group of friends who wanted to celebrate the state's newly passed Marriage Equality Act in a special way.
They chose 24 to signify the day same-sex marriage became legal in New York.
Couples who participated were given the royal treatment with free hair and makeup, flowers, someone to officiate the ceremony and a gift bag.
"We're so excited to do it in New York in Central Park on such a gorgeous day, and to share it with everybody," said newlywed Bryn Tripucka.
"We would have had really a tiny, tiny little ceremony in our house with friends and had cooked something. It's nice that this is all being done for us because we couldn't have done it by ourselves, believe me," said newlywed Ken Lindley.
Organizers from The Knot say the company has long supported marriage equality, but its legalization has certainly been good for business.
"Pretty much for the whole industry in New York City, people are excited that there is an increase in couples who are going to get married in the city," said Carley Roney of The Knot.
The temporary chapels were set up at Merchant's Gate in Central Park right at the Columbus Circle entrance.
The waiting list to get married is now more than 100 couples long.