Sunday morning, 50 guests boarded the M14D bus to witness the wedding of Lower East Side locals Kara Mullins and Osvaldo “O.J.” Jimenez. The couple, who met on a bus 13 years ago, were overjoyed to the share the birthplace of their love with their family and friends, who literally hung on for a wild ride across town. Johnny, the bus’s driver, pulled double duty for the wedding as he not only provided the setting but also transported everyone to the reception at Le Bain atop The Standard hotel, down the block from his West 14th Street stop.
Guests remarked that they had never seen a wedding like this one and the bride’s family, who hailed from Indiana, got an extra special tourist experience. Kara, a trend forecaster for WGSN, and O.J., creative director for vintage retailer Le Petite Mort, are longtime fixtures in the downtown social scene; owners, managers, bartenders, stylists, DJs and visual artists arrived with sunglasses aplenty, as many had gotten off work shortly before the 11am ceremony.
Soon after the bus left from the Baruch Houses, it made its first stop on Avenue D, to pick up the groom, followed by the bride on East 10th Street. The articulated bus’s
As the bus reached its last stop on the corner of West 14th and Washington Streets, everyone got off and applauded both the couple and Johnny the driver. With the Meatpacking District still quiet, the wedding party mingled on the un-tourist strewn streets before heading upstairs to Le Bain for the reception. Click through the slideshow to have a look.
Photos by Nick McManus.