Will there be another Pop Up Chapel?
At this point, there are no plans to organize another Pop Up Chapel event. We may convene a reunion of married couples next July 30 to celebrate their one-year anniversaries! We hope that all the support and energy that bubbled up around Pop Up Chapel can continue to support the fight for marriage equality across the United States.
How Pop Up Chapel… Popped-Up
The Pop Up Chapel was conceived by a group of friends, tipsily celebrating the fantastic news that all New Yorkers are finally able to enjoy marriage equality. The friends, a motley crew consisting of a software developer, an editor, two writers, and a director (who happens to be a legal wedding officiant), decided that they wanted to do something special to commemorate the triumphant news. In their excitement and mild delirium, they decided to provide a beautiful wedding for anyone who wanted to get married, totally free of charge. They figured "people might want to get married at City Hall, but wouldn't they prefer to get married in a beautiful city park? Especially if they could bring all their friends and family and eat free cupcakes? Who doesn't love cupcakes? And same-sex marriages?" Exactly.
Where and When
July 30, 2011 — at Merchant's Gate in Central Park from 10 am through dusk.
How it Happened
The first weekend after same-sex marriage became legal in New York, we hosted New York City's largest pop-up chapel.
Pop Up Chapel provided everything couples needed for their wedding — the officiants, the photographers, the bubbly, hair and makeup, witnesses, and of course, the cupcakes.
Couples signed up through popupchapel.com, secured a marriage license, and their wedding planning commenced. Couples were selected on a first-come, first-served basis and were matched with officiants and photographers who catered to each couple's preferences.
Why 24 couples? We chose the number 24 to recognize June 24th — the day the bill was passed to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, and July 24th — the day the bill became law.
Our Mission Statement
The Pop Up Chapel is a gift to the city of New York. Inspired by the excitement surging though the city in the wake of the Marriage Equality Act passing, we wanted to do something to celebrate the fact that all New Yorkers are finally considered equal in the eyes of the law. We produced free, beautiful, and customized weddings to 24 New York couples who wanted to get married in front of the city. The Pop Up Chapel is a gift to the couples who can finally get married, on behalf of the community who wants to share in the solidarity of this momentous and historical bill becoming a law.
But Really, Why Did We Do This?
For thousands of gay and lesbian couples who have been waiting years for the legalization of same sex-marriage in New York, the jockeying for dates has already begun.
As many of these couples find themselves vying for locations/officiants to conduct their wedding, the Pop Up Chapel was a gift to the city of New York, providing a free and unique way for these couples to tie the knot without having to wait any longer.
Inspired by the excitement surging though the city in the wake of the Marriage Equality Act passing, we wanted to do something to celebrate the fact that all New Yorkers are finally considered equal in the eyes of the law.
The Pop Up Chapel believes that spending the day in the park conducting customized, heartfelt same-sex weddings is the best way to prove to LGBTQI youth that there are positive adult role models and relationships they can look to for inspiration and hope.