The Piglet Gets Married – A Perfect Day!

The Piglet and Frenchie get married in NYC!
Photo: Kimberly Coccagnia

Does having a small, intimate wedding always result in a stress-free day?

From experience, I can say NO!

David and I had a tiny wedding and we had our fair share of anxious moments and hilarious snafus.

Happily, The Piglet and Frenchie broke that mold. They hoped for a calm, joyful day of love, a day in contrast to the crazybusy lives that they as NYC dwellers live – and that’s exactly what they received.

There were no rehearsal dinners, no formal invites, no showers or gift registrations – just two people sharing the love they have for each other.

Getting ready for The Piglet's wedding!
Pre-wedding prep: Decibel works her magic on The Piglet.

An elopement of sorts – but with parents and siblings in attendance.

Our younger daughter, Decibel, served as a maid of honor and — as a hair and makeup artist — has a vast knowledge of the matrimonial ropes.

But The Piglet and Frenchie didn’t want a long engagement — they’ve been together for four years and felt that was enough of a wait — thereby alleviating Decibel’s duties as a “traditional” maid of honor.

Getting ready for The Piglet's wedding!

What she could do was what she does best, create a visually stunning wedding for her sister.

Decibel works with some of New York City’s finest photographers, and hired the best to capture the essence of the happy couple.

And because she knows The Piglet better than anyone (okay, except Frenchie), together they came up with a simple, yet chic look for the big day.

Veronica helps The Piglet into her wedding dress

The preparations weren’t completely without tradition.

I got to tag along for some of them; the finding of the perfect dress and, my favorite, getting ready in the hours before the tying of the knot.

To be with my girls in those special moments was pure joy.

Watching Decibel work her magic with The Piglet’s look, then affixing my grandmother’s jewelry in her hair, brought happy tears to my eyes. And though it had been many a year since I’d dressed The Piglet, it felt like the most natural thing in the world to me.

It would have been greedy of me to wish for more than those two hours of laughter, love and — because it was us — goofiness in one day, but there was so much more to come.

The Piglet arrives in a taxi at City Hall on her wedding day
Photo: Kimberly Coccagnia

Decibel touches up The Piglet's teary-eyed make up on her wedding day
Decibel was at her sister’s side to keep the effects of her tears at bay.

Arriving at City Hall by taxi, The Piglet burst out to find Frenchie and his parents waiting with David.

Frenchie’s mother burst as well – into tears.

It took just one of her should-be patented hugs to have me joining in the waterworks (I had held mine back to plain welling-up until that moment) and Piglet wasn’t far behind.

Frenchie is photobombed by a different bride on his wedding day
I’m pretty certain that Frenchie wasn’t expecting to be photobombed by any bride but his own!

While standing on on the steps of New York City Hall it occurred to me that the site should be a major tourist attraction (and I’ve seen a lot of tourist attractions!).

I could easily see spending a day people watching on those stairs, eye-stalking the hundreds of happy couples preparing for their nuptials.

But on this day I was too preoccupied with my own happy couple to give the others much heed.

There is quite a bit of waiting involved in a City Hall wedding, but the wait was never dull. All of our senses were completely engaged while reveling in the historic, retro setting.

David and Frenchie at The Piglet's NYC City Hall Wedding The Mob and Mog at The Piglet and Frenchie's City Hall Wedding
David & Frenchie The Mommys – still hugging!

Entering the Hall, The Piglet and Frenchie took a ticket similar to those spit out at the DMV or a deli counter. Then, when the big train station-like panel lit up their magic number, they headed to a counter to submit their paperwork.

The bride and groom sit at a counter in NYC's city hall
Photo: Kimberly Coccagnia

David gives away The Piglet at her wedding in NYC.

With that squared away, we were led to a large round room to await the big moment in a loose queue of other wedding parties.

It was like a bridal fashion show with the many dresses represented and, of course, I deemed The Piglet’s ensemble the most stunning.

In David and my eyes, there has never been a more beautiful bride.

The Piglet is a modern woman who shuns the notion of being “given away” (rightfully so in my book too!) and, since there was no rehearsal, David was tearfully touched when she asked him to escort her through the door and into the officiant’s office.

Together, they made the few small steps to the front of the room.

The Piglet and Frenchie are married!

In that tiny office, while she laughed and cried at the same time, we watched our over-the-moon-beaming daughter marry the man she loves.

And, in that moment, we gained a son – a man we’ve grown to love as our own.

(I can’t convey my feelings through the written word sufficiently here, but let it be known I’m bawling my eyes out as I type this.)

The Piglet and Frenchie get married at NYC City Hall!

The ceremony was quick (maybe ten minutes) and it was all it needed to be.

It was perfect.

From City Hall, The Piglet and her Frenchie began their walk — as partners in life, as family, as their own Nation of Two — through the city they love.

The Piglet and Frenchie get married!


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44 thoughts on “The Piglet Gets Married – A Perfect Day!”

  1. I love it when the bride has exactly the kind of wedding she wants, whether that be traditional, unconventional, or anything in between. Love the taxi/bride photo!

  2. Congratulations! What a gorgeous couple! I especially love the photo of your daughter stepping out of the taxi – just beautiful!

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Many good wishes and blessings to all. A wonderful record for a beautiful bride and handsome groom.

  4. Congratulations! The photos are just terrific. I especially like the one of the Piglet & Frenchie with David beaming in the background. Looks like it was a wonderful day for your family!

  5. I feel like I was an invited guest! Beautiful day for the newlyweds and family. I absolutely love the wedding dress. A stress-free wedding … what a novel idea. All the best to the happy couple.

  6. I loved this! It gave me the chills! I thank you for sharing this unique and inspiring wedding. I cried too. My 27 year old unmarried independent “princess” will love to read this too!

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