Many couples dream of celebrating an idyllic wedding in front of the skyscrapers of Manhattan, in Brooklyn or Times Square. Germany’s Erol Inanc makes it possible.
As Annika Heisig and Patrick Brosh share their first kiss as newlyweds, the subway rumbles overhead across the Manhattan Bridge, and below them the East River wets the banks. New Yorkers and passing tourists spontaneously start clapping and celebrating.
Wishes of “congratulations” multiply in several languages from the benches that line Pebble Beach, on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Heissig and Brosh lock eyes while behind them, across the East River, the Manhattan skyline shines like a perfect photographic backdrop in the warm sun.
The couple from the city of Salzgitter, northern Germany, are visiting New York for the first time, arriving three days ago with their wedding dress, hairpins and rings in their luggage.hand for safety.
They had never been to Pebble Beach before, the beach located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. “I didn’t even know this place existed,” Brosh, 38, said as he stepped out of a yellow cab “happy but also a little nervous” and headed toward the banks of the East River.
Now, with his new wife, her brother and his girlfriend, both witnesses to the marriage, he waves to the cell phone camera, showing his family and friends in Salzgitter the Manhattan skyline and the rings.
“Look what a pretty bride,” says a passing grandmother to a little boy holding her hand.
“You picked such a great place, this place is crazy,” says Heisig, 39, hugging a man in a dark suit and tie who watched from a safe distance, smiling. “Yes, it’s nice here, I’m very glad you like it,” replies Errol Inank.
The 55-year-old lived in Munich but moved to New York in the early 1990s. Since 2005, he has been working as a wedding planner, especially for couples from the German-speaking world.
He planned the venue and hired both the photographer who took pictures of the wedding and the woman who served as a civil servant and joined Heisig and Brosh’s marriage on the beach in Brooklyn.
The day before, Inanc accompanied the couple to the Manhattan registrar’s office to pick up the marriage license. After the ceremony, he will also take care of the internationally valid marriage certificate.
Heissig and Brosh met through mutual friends and their shared love of photography. He works as a clerk; him, in the automotive industry.
Brosh explains that when the topic of the wedding came up, after eight years of dating, it quickly became clear to both of them that they didn’t want to throw a big party in Germany. “Because then you dedicate the whole day to others. You don’t enjoy anything because you always have to make others happy,” he says.
New York, on the other hand, has always attracted him. “New York has always been the destination,” he says.
Heisig suggested that perhaps they could take advantage of a planned vacation with her brother and his girlfriend in the metropolis to get married, and a few months later Brosh proposed to her in a restaurant.
The couple found wedding planner Inanc online. “In that way, this moment is really about us,” celebrates Brosh. “We have our perfect moment in New York, with beautiful scenery.”
Heisig says he’s happy to have Inanc’s support. “I preferred to hire his help because here everything is very different from Germany,” he explains.
“New York has this charm, it’s a dream city,” says Inanc. “People have seen him in thousands of movies. They want to get married abroad and they want it to be individual, and then they realize it’s relatively easy to do it here,” he says.
If the couple requests it, Inanc will arrange everything from stylists, musicians, drivers and flowers to cakes… at the observation deck of Rockefeller Center, in Central Park, in Brooklyn Bridge Park – like Heisig and Brosch – or sometimes in middle of Times Square.
The price depends on what is wanted, but is usually between 2000 and 3000 dollars (2011 to 3019 euros).
Inanc assures that he became a “wedding planner” almost by accident. He first traveled to New York as a teenager and moved directly to the metropolis after school. “I was just fascinated by the city. And I wanted to live here,” he says.
At first, he managed various temporary jobs, such as a relocation assistant or a German teacher. Later, he started working as a guide for foreign tourists and, on a spontaneous idea, at some point offered help for weddings as well.
“I had heard once that Germans marry abroad, but I didn’t expect so much. It was lucky,” he says.
The man has little competition in the German-speaking market and has been very busy since travel restrictions were lifted due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially between May and October and also around Christmas.
After the ceremony, Inanc and the photographer took the newlyweds Heisig and Brosch through Brooklyn Bridge Park, to Grand Central Station and Times Square for more keepsake photos.
After that, Heisig reveals, they both want to spend the day walking around New York in their wedding suits. The bride plans to celebrate next year with her family and closest friends at a restaurant in Germany, and for their honeymoon they prefer to go directly to the States.
Wedding planner Inanc also wants to get married next year. “But not in New York. My friend is from Colorado, her whole family lives there, so then we’ll do it there,” he elaborates.