FIRST LOOK!

FOUR FREE­DOMS PARK ON ROO­SEVELT IS­LAND PLAYS HOST TO ITS VERY FIRST WED­DING.

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Four Free­doms Park on Roo­sevelt Is­land hosts its very first wed­ding.

Some­times the most un­ex­pected spa­ces are right in your back­yard. At the be­gin­ning of the plan­ning process, Emily Tisch Suss­man, the cam­paign di­rec­tor for the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress Ac­tion Fund, and Kevin Craw, a for­eign pol­icy an­a­lyst, knew they wanted an atyp­i­cal wed­ding venue that still felt like New York. Plan­ner Bron­son Van Wyck (212-675-8601; van­wyck .net) looked be­yond the usual lo­cales to Four Free­doms Park on Roo­sevelt Is­land, cre­at­ing a magical oa­sis with picturesque views of the Man­hat­tan skyline.

The chance to be the park’s first wed­ding added to its al­lure for the cou­ple. Close prox­im­ity to the city made travel easy for both New York­ers and out-oftown­ers, and Se­na­tor Cory Booker, a close friend, acted as of­fi­ciant, giv­ing the cer­e­mony an in­ti­mate and friendly feel­ing.

The re­moved still­ness of Roo­sevelt Is­land made it seem like an es­cape, and the tent, full of twin­kling can­dles, added to the sense of ro­man­tic seclu­sion. “Just on the other side of the park, next to our af­ter­party tent, are some of the only struc­tural ru­ins left in the city,” says Van Wyck. “We got per­mis­sion to light [them] to in­cor­po­rate them into part of the dé­cor.”

When choos­ing a con­ven- tional space in the city, says Van Wyck, “You have ac­cess to fab­u­lous food, beau­ti­ful spa­ces, and great ser­vice. You ba­si­cally start on third base.” For cou­ples that go an al­ter­nate route, he con­tin­ues, “It’s im­por­tant to take into con­sid­er­a­tion that they may not pro­vide items that are taken for granted at other wed­ding venues.... Think about a way to make it yours—put your sig­na­ture ic­ing on the cake so it stands out from the rest.”—c.t.

“ROO­SEVELT IS­LAND IS A WIN­DOW TO THE CITY SKYLINE AND THE MOST PICTURESQUE BACK­DROP FOR A CER­E­MONY.” — BRON­SON VAN WYCK

A night to re­mem­ber: “It was a jour­ney, an es­cape,” says plan­ner Bron­son Van Wyck of this wed­ding on Roo­sevelt Is­land. “From one is­land to an­other, guests es­caped the rough and loud streets of Man­hat­tan to a glow­ing tent twin­kling with can­dles, co­cooned in the shimmering city lights of Man­hat­tan and Queens. “

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