It's a Valentine's Day wedding for 3 couples at Empire State Building

Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:33pm EST
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By Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Love was in the air atop the Empire State Building as three couples exchanged vows on Valentine's Day, the only day weddings are permitted at the iconic New York City skyscraper.

In back-to-back ceremonies on Friday, the couples were married at a wall of 4,000 red, pink and white roses on the 86th-floor Observation Deck, with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.

The couples were chosen out of hundreds of others who entered a contest explaining why they wanted to be married at the 102-story landmark.

The ceremonies were small, with only family and a small group of friends in attendance.

Winner Brendan Goldblatt said that marrying Maria Vasquez, his girlfriend of eight years, would give the popular tourist site deep personal significance for the couple and give them bragging rights for years to come.

"Everybody gets one or two stories they get to tell their grandkids," he said. "This is going to be one of those stories, that we were married on top of the world's most iconic building."

The couple's 2-year-old daughter, Victoria, wore a white dress with a big fluffy bow for the occasion.

The other winning couples were New Yorkers Veronica Vizcaino and Gustavo Espinal, and Shelby and Bill Costa of Virginia Beach, Virginia.   Continued...

Brendan Goldblatt holds daughter Victoria as he kisses wife Maria Vasquez after getting married at the Empire State Building in the Manhattan borough of New York February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri