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Same-Sex Couple to Wed on Top of Empire State Bldg. on V-Day

Empire State Bldg.

An architecture-loving pair will make it official 86 stories up.

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For the past 25 years, owners of the Empire State Building have invited couples to wed on top of the iconic Manhattan skyscraper on Valentine's Day. This year, two women were chosen as one of two couples to be married on the building's 86th-floor observatory.

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Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet will be one of the lucky couples to marry in the sky. Faria and Barquet are New Yorkers and co-owners of a home design store on Manhattan's Lower East Side. After dating for seven years, Faria proposed to Barquet at New York's famed Plaza Hotel; both women are architecture fans and have long idealized the Empire State Building.

The first same-sex weddings at the 102-story Empire State Building occurred on Valentine's Day 2012, with both a male and female couple exchanging vows.

The other couple chosen to wed on this year's Valentine's Day is Chitra Pathak and Nachiket Patel, a New Jersey couple originally from India.

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Neal Broverman

Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.