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September 12, 2013

DELUCA: Chasing brides and grooms

Niagara Gazette — I chased down a bride and groom the other day.

I was in my car and they were in a horse and buggy, so it wasn’t very challenging. But, I couldn’t help myself.wasn’t going to do it. I had passed them in the state park coming out of the visitor’s center, accompanied by a fellow in minister garb. The bride and groom were middle-aged, and she was wearing this lovely white outfit, topped by a white hat with a bit of soft netting. She looked beautiful and he looked handsome in a dark suit. Their excitement was contagious as they burst through the center doors, and people all around them stopped to stare and smile. 

I just shook my head and let them walk by.

Don’t get me wrong. I love brides and grooms. And from the way people were calling out to them, with words of congratulations and best wishes, so do a lot of other people. It just gets on my last nerve that we have newlyweds romping through this city — I often see them when I walk through the park — and we don’t do one darn thing about it. 

Over the past few years I’ve written several columns wishing for someone to take a lead in a citywide campaign to polish our title as Honeymoon Capitol of the World. 

I’ve suggested special walkways where couples could buy bricks to commemorate their wedding days/anniversaries. I’ve wished aloud for official locations throughout the park and the city where couples can tie the knot. And for special deals offered by area restaurants like free champagne or a rose for the bride and maybe even a special wedding table. 

A couple years ago my friend Barbara Rosino, inspired by the concept, started an unofficial Romance Commission with a few of her lovely friends, but it kind of fizzled away for lack of support. It’s not something just a few people can do without support. It needs leaders, non-profits and business organizations to sign on.

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