Christine Wekilsky and Neil Marchi wended their way to the altar on December 30, 2022, through the Upper West Side, stopping at some of their favorite spots along the way. It was cocktails and appetizers at The Ellington on W. 105th and Broadway, vows at the Nicholas Roerich Museum on W. 107th near Riverside Drive, then back down to Manhattan Valley Cuisine of India on Broadway and 100th Street for dinner and a celebration. “We are so happy we decided to make our wedding local,” Ms. Wekilsky wrote to the Rag. “We wanted to support and thank and celebrate the places and people that we love. And now we have these special spots to always go back to.”
Here’s a recap of the event in Ms. Wekilsky’s words.
“We started our day from our apartment on W. 99th and Broadway with a stop at the “Wing” mural between 97th and 98th for a photo op.”
“From there we strolled with the Best Men (Neil’s sons Oscar and Julius) and my Matron of Honor (sister-in-law Della), up to The Ellington. We love its history, the fact that it was once the home of Ida and Isidore Straus, famous lovers who died on the Titanic. They also co-owned Macy’s, host of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, which we love.”
“The party of 18 then wove its way to the Nicholas Roerich Museum at 107th between Riverside and West End Avenue. We love art and this treasure of a museum, so it was the perfect venue.”
“Finally, we paraded down Broadway, stopping to buy confetti from a street vendor, which we exploded in front of our final destination, Manhattan Valley Cuisine of India. The flowers we selected that morning from our favorite outside vendor in front of Health Nuts were arranged in the restaurant’s copper mugs.
“It was a beautiful day full of love and spirit and neighborhood vibes!”
What a sweet story! thanks for sharing
May there be many more joyous posts like this in 2023 to counter all the challenges the Upper Westside and the city are having.
Way cool!!!! I’m a (retired) wedding planner/designer/manager and you guys did this right! Congrats and best wishes for a lifetime of love!!
This is adorable. Congrats!
What a lovely wedding ! I live on west 99th also., and you mentioned many of my favorite UWS stops. It sounds a really perfectly planned Wedding 🙂
What a lovely story. Congratulations and many happy years together!
Really the most delightful wedding story ever. What a great celebration of love.
What a lovely low-key, but joyous, local wedding!
This made my day!! It is the SPIRIT of my west side neighborhood I grew up in ! Congratulations!! Many happy years ahead!!
Very cool wedding, great story, congrats!!
You are the best of any Upper West Siders ever!
Congratulations and good wishes for a terrific marriage.
Great story and I wish the couple much happiness.
I only share the following links so that those of you who may be new to the neighborhood or may just not know the history of that Indian restaurant, can choose to not support them. The owners of Manhattan Valley are essentially the same criminal family (Phuman and Lakhvir Singh) that ran its predecessor INDUS VALLEY, who screwed their workers out of wages, were sued by those affected workers and lost in court in 2015. Instead of complying with the law and making their workers whole, they simply “sold the restaurant” but have been seen going in and out of the “new” Manhattan Valley operation.
Lovely story. Thank you!
Congratulations, what a wonderful, loving and fun wedding. Wishing the very best that life can give for your life together.
Congratulations, you two! Sounds lovely and festive. I lived at 98th & Broadway for almost 20 years before moving down to 85th St for another 20+. We got married at my husband’s mother’s apartment on 92nd, and then our small wedding party took a walk in Central Park to view The Gates. That was early 2005. You can find everything you need in this neighborhood.
It looks like a perfect day for two perfect people In love v congratulations to you both
Congratulations!!!!! This is fantastic!!!!