It’s rare that weird behavior on the subway is actually adorable, but maybe the magic of a mostly relaxed holiday weekend conspired to make it so. On Friday, when most of us were steadily recovering from our food comas and figuring out what to do with all that leftover turkey, 26-year-old Hector Irakliotis and 25-year-old Tatyana Sandler had a wedding on the N train, tying the knot just as the train crossed over the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
The New York Daily News was there to capture the entire festive occasion, naturally, noting that the groom, a game designer, boarded the train 20 minutes before the bride to alert his fellow straphangers what was going on. He invited the passengers to either stay and observe or move to the back of the care, which they obligingly did, as Irakliotis and his groomsmen decked out the subway poles in streamers and distributed roses. Sandler, a film editor, boarded the train at 36th street with her bridesmaids, and the two swapped vows between the Atlantic Avenue and Canal Street stops. The party then left the train at Canal Street and headed to a bar for the reception.
“We’ve been through a lot. Good times, bad times, and a lot of the good times have taken place on the train,” Irakliotis said to the News, explaining why they chose such an unusual venue. “Confessions of love, reconciliations, goofy, ridiculous conversations — the whole spectrum. In New York, you spend so much time on the train, we thought why not?”
You know, we’ll give it to them. Just as long as I’m getting married! doesn’t become the new It’s showtime!