Vegas-style quickie wedding chapel opens in NYC

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The Loeb Boathouse may be closed for weddings — but the Love Chapel is open for business.

A new micro-wedding space on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is offering quickie, Vegas-style ceremonies as an alternative to large venues that have been forced to shutter during the pandemic.

The 500-square-foot Love Chapel on West 75th Street opened last month as a no-frills, COVID-safe option for couples to say “I do” in an intimate, in-person setting just steps from Central Park. 

“It’s a wonderful alternative for people who want to have an inexpensive wedding, but also a beautiful experience,” said co-owner Veronica Moya. “It’s only a block from Central Park, so after the ceremony is over you can go there and take the most gorgeous photos.”

Guests, 14 max, are separated from brides and grooms by glass doors so they can say their vows sans masks. White draping and twinkle lights line the walls and a chandelier hangs above the altar, giving the room a classic wedding vibe.

On Saturday, Bronx couple Bernadette Manicdao and Isaic Pitre became the eighth couple to be married at the Love Chapel before a mask-clad crowd of 10. Manicdao, wearing a knee-length white peplum sheath dress and carrying a bouquet of roses, walked down the petal-covered aisle on the arm of her father.

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