Niagara Gazette — When a trio of artists faced a sad stretch of vacant store windows in downtown Niagara Falls, they decided that love was the answer.
The three women, at the request of the owner of several buildings on Third Street, are in the process of filling the windows with wedding memorabilia from couples who were married in the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” As such, they have begun what they believe is the first collection of items documenting the city’s history as a global wedding mecca.
The women are hoping that people who were married in the Falls will loan something to the display — anything that helps to share the memories, either in the form of letters, or pictures or other mementos such as a dress or hat or gloves.
Some of the current items in the windows include photos taken by Brook D’Angelo, a former wedding photographer in the Falls.
“I think this is one of the most beautiful places in the world to get married,” said D’Angelo, who is now working as an event planner.
D’Angelo has had first-hand experience of the potential for romance surrounding the waterfalls that are the soul of the city of Niagara Falls. It was on the Maid of the Mist boat ride last August that her boyfriend knelt and asked her to be his wife. Laughing as she retold the story recently, she described how a tourist, far more aware than she was about what was happening, grabbed D’Angelo’s camera off her wrist to record the event.
Brook’s photos are among the many the trio are collecting to display in the windows.
Her partners are Mary Grace Ohrum, a noted watercolorist and wearable-art dress designer with a studio at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, and Danielle DePalma, who recently opened an art and gift shop in the former Niagara Club.