Yasuko Morisaki, 38, and Simon Raymundo, 35, quietly got married at City Hall two years before their Park Slope wedding. “I had seen my fair share of fancy weddings,” recalls Yasuko, who works in education. “They just weren’t for me.” When friends expressed disappointment at not being invited, the couple had a change of heart. “Once my sister spilled the beans about City Hall, we knew we’d have to throw a party sooner or later,” says Simon, a project coordinator. The couple said “I do” again in front of 65 guests at St. Augustine’s church, followed by dinner at Scottadito. Guests ate braised short ribs and mini-pizzas and had their choice of three cakes. For entertainment, there was a “How Well Do You Know the Couple?” game. “We spent hours on a playlist, but you couldn’t hear the songs because everyone was laughing so hard,” says Simon.
*This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of New York Weddings.