On a beautiful September day, Anandah Carter and Karen Potter got engaged in New York City, on the lawn along the Hudson River at 24th Street. Karen had planned a surprise catered picnic, and when she proposed, was completely surprised by Anandah’s reaction. “I carried Karen’s engagement ring around with me that entire weekend in case she popped the question,” Anandah says. “And when Karen did, I was ready and pulled out her ring to propose at the same time.” The double proposal reflected, she says, how the pair approaches their relationship—with mutual love and care.
The lawn on the pier had held meaning to the duo long before they become engaged there—it’s also where they say they fell in love, on their second date, they say. Ultimately, they knew it would it only be fitting for the scenic spot to mark another milestone: Their vow exchange. That wasn’t, however, always the vision. “Our original plan was to have a 90-person wedding at a restaurant in the Meatpacking District on October 17,” says Karen. “However, as COVID-19 overwhelmed the city, we reached out to the restaurant to consider a backup plan. Sadly, they informed us that they would probably be shutting down and very kindly offered to return our security deposit.”
The pair brainstormed ideas and decided that they would marry in 2020, regardless. They shifted the wedding date and location, limited the guest list to very close family and friends, and planned an intimate reception at their home overlooking the Hudson. “We had all of our vendors in place by January 2020, so we worked with them when we re-organized for a smaller celebration,” explains Anandah. The pair had a planning session via Zoom with their day-of coordinator, Guerdy Abraira of Guerdy Design. “Guerdy was instrumental in coordinating between all of the vendors one month prior and up to the big day,” says Anandah. They also implemented strategies to keep their guests safe. “We supplied custom masks in handmade pouches from Guatemala,” says Karen, “spaced out the ceremony, and had single-serving food catered.” Overall, the couple kept their event simple and personal. “People ask us if we regret not waiting to have the big party we had planned, and we say no,” says Anandah. “We will have a big party at home in Connecticut when COVID is truly in the rearview mirror. We are alright waiting for that.”