Couples Plan Nups on Tragic Anniversary
By Bill Hoffman and Tracy Ziemer
would anybody in their right mind want to get married on Sept.
Dan Dunleavy and Tracey Bobst are going to do just that this
Saturday -- mere blocks from Ground Zero -- and they have
a very good reason.
"We're celebrating life," said Dunleavy, a 30-year-old
energy trader with Shell Oil and Gas.
"We lost two good friends who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald
-- two wonderful guys, Tommy Knox and Joe Eacobacci -- who
were so full of life.
"And while [the terrorists] may have taken our friends,
they didn't take their spirits," the groom said. "Having
this wedding in New York on Sept. 11 is a way to pay tribute
to them. It's really a celebration of their lives."
The couple, who'll tie the knot in Bridgewater's at the South
Street Seaport in front of 120 guests, also said that by choosing
one of the most infamous dates in history to wed, they hope
to prove that the terrorists can't win.
"I'm not going to let these people ruin my future and
dictate how I'm going to live my life," Dunleavy said.
Bobst, 34, a massage therapist, added, "I love New York.
I couldn't think of a better place."
Other couples are making the same move -- explaining that
the union of two people in love on an otherwise notorious
day signifies new beginnings.
Jude Dvorak, 36, and Sherry Bishop, 37, met last year on
Sept. 11 at a mutual friend's annual gathering to celebrate
life and friendship.
After getting engaged in January, picking a wedding date
was a no-brainer.
"Sept. 11 is the real reason why we were brought together
in the first place," said Dvorak, who'll wed in West
Fleur Weigert and Michael McNamara admit they had a few butterflies
before finally going ahead with their plans for the date.
They knew they wanted to get married on the first Saturday
after Labor Day, but then "we looked at the calendar
and saw that day was Sept. 11 and paused," recalled Weigert,
31, of Park Slope. Their ceremony will be held in Cape Cod.
Jim Brady, owner of the event-rental spaces Loft Eleven,
Westside Loft, and Penthouse 15, said 9/11 wedding jitters
"Brides have been very verbal about their concerns:
'What are people going to think about having a party on that
day?'" he said.
That's led many businesses to cut prices on their services
on Sept. 11.
Copyright 2004 the New York Post
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