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Empire State Building Weddings 2012: Colin Cowie Designs Valentine's Day Dream Weddings (PHOTOS)

Empire State Building Weddings 2012

First Posted: 02/15/2012 7:59 pm Updated: 02/16/2012 1:39 pm

What's more romantic than spending Valentine's Day at the Empire State Building a la "An Affair to Remember" or "Sleepless in Seattle"? How about getting married there after winning a contest for an all-expenses paid dream wedding designed by renowned celebrity event planner Colin Cowie?

After submitting individual videos detailing their romances to the "Wings of Love" wedding competition, co-sponsored by the Empire State Building and Colin Cowie Weddings, four lucky couples -- Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur, Phil Fung and Shawn Klein, Angela Vega and Lubin Masibay, and Paula Cubero and Enrique Catter -- got to do just that, and HuffPost Weddings was there to capture all the details.

The wedding action was non-stop, with the first ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. and the final one lasting well into the evening. From a winter wonderland-themed breakfast reception, to a tropically styled brunch, each of the four weddings incorporated the unique personalities of the couples with the latest Big Day trends.

Orchestrating four weddings in one day may sound like a tall order, but Cowie said the Empire State Building is an ideal space to launch such an endeavor.

"It was like a blank canvas of 20,000 square feet of available space with beautiful views," the celebrity planner told HuffPost Weddings.

To see the winning videos and learn more about the couples, check out our pre-wedding coverage here.

Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur, Anchorage, AK
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At 8 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2012, Stephanie Figarelle (left), 29, and Lela McArthur, 24, became the first same-sex couple to be married in the Empire State Building.

"It was one thing to get married, that was all we wanted, to legally have that piece of paper. It was another to get married at the Empire State Building. Your mind starts expanding because then you get this idea of, 'I could have a dream wedding,'" said Figarelle.


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