Lesbian Shopkeepers on Orchard Street Win Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest
Love is in the air! One Lower East Side couple will have their heads in the clouds this Valentine’s Day. Literally.
Co-owners of home design store, Coming Soon on Orchard Street, Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet were one of two couples to win the Empire State Building’s 25th annual “Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest.”
Their 15-minute same-sex ceremony will be held this morning on the famed 86th floor Observatory deck. Each bride is given the dress of her choice from Kleinfeld Bridal’s flagship in New York City, and will puportedly receive other prize packages.
“With over 1,000 entries from both near and far, it’s evident that the storied history and romance surrounding the Empire State Building continue to touch lives around the globe,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President of the Observatory.
Faria and Barquet opened the Coming Soon boutique at 37 Orchard Street in 2014. The store features an array of (pricey) home goods.