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 accordion became a chapel where their friend Brendon James officiated the service as a Universal Life Minister. As Brendon led the service, he remarked that “if anyone has any objections to this couple getting married, they can get off the bus!” The vows were assisted by the crooning of Mattie Safer, formerly of The Rapture; bearers of witness were standing on the seats as the bride kissed the groom.

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.

Guests awaiting to board the M14D bus.

Guests awaiting to board the M14D bus.

Guests awaiting to board the M14D bus.

Guests awaiting to board the M14D bus.

Groom Osvaldo Jimenez after boarding the bus.

Groom Osvaldo Jimenez after boarding the bus.

Bride Kara Mullins after boarding the bus.

Bride Kara Mullins after boarding the bus.

Former The Rapture member Mattie Safer performing the groom's vows.

Former The Rapture member Mattie Safer performing the groom's vows.

Mutual friend Brendan James (left) officiating the wedding.

Mutual friend Brendan James (left) officiating the wedding.

The groom kissing the bride.

The groom kissing the bride.

MTA bus driver Johnny while stopped at West 14th St in the Meatpacking District.

MTA bus driver Johnny while stopped at West 14th St in the Meatpacking District.

Kara Mullins and Osvaldo Jimenez after tying the knot on the M14D bus, 8/20/17 at 12p.

Kara Mullins and Osvaldo Jimenez after tying the knot on the M14D bus, 8/20/17 at 12p.

Kara Mullins and Osvaldo Jimenez with their families after departing the bus.

Kara Mullins and Osvaldo Jimenez with their families after departing the bus.

Guests gathering together at the reception at Le Bain atop the Standard Hotel.

Guests gathering together at the reception at Le Bain atop the Standard Hotel.

Kara Mullins and Osvaldo Jimenez with their guests after deboarding the M14D bus.

Kara Mullins and Osvaldo Jimenez with their guests after deboarding the M14D bus.

Guests Omri S. Quire and Pebbles Russell and (first and second from left) with friends during the reception.

Guests Omri S. Quire and Pebbles Russell and (first and second from left) with friends during the reception.

Osvaldo with his mother and guests during the reception.

Osvaldo with his mother and guests during the reception.

Kara and Osvaldo's wedding invitation.

Kara and Osvaldo's wedding invitation.

Photos by Nick McManus.