They prepared everything well but just forget the Pizza Rat.


A couple from Cobble Hill threw one of the most New York weddings in history — tying the knot on the Staten Island Ferry and then holding their reception on a packed 1 train during Friday rush-hour.
Video footage posted to Youtube on Monday shows Haskel, 30, and his dearly beloved, Bethany Hall, 32, saying “I do” while sailing across the Hudson on July 8 at around 5:30 p.m.

Their wedding party — which included Lady Liberty as the maid of honor — can be seen smiling and cheering them on as they pop champagne and dance to a slew of New York-themed songs.

The Brooklyn couple had originally planned to have a typical ceremony at the Williamsburg waterfront, but quickly changed their minds after seeing the price tag.

“It was pretty expensive for nothing,” Keith said.


Bethany recalled how the stress of planning the big day — as well as their religions — also played a part in their decision to hold their nuptials in the most New York way possible.

“He’s Jewish and I’m Presbyterian, so we felt like a temple or a church wasn’t appropriate and would just make one of us feel they weren’t being celebrated as much as the other,” she said. “We started looking for parks and different resources and a friend of ours was like, ‘Why don’t you get married on a ferry!’ And we thought, ‘That’s a great idea!’”

At around 5:10 p.m., wedding-goers showed up at the Whitehall ferry terminal in Manhattan. Everyone arrived on time except for Bethany, Haskel said.

Newlywed Bethanny Haskel crowd surfs aboard an MTA subway. Photo: Andrew Bisdale
“She was doing her makeup, you know bride stuff,” he explained. “We had scouted the ferry out a couple times and knew it ran every 15 minutes, so we knew if we let one go, we’d be the first people on the next one and could claim our own area.”

Once on board, the couple got into position and the ceremony began.


“We tried to make it as much as a normal wedding as possible, despite the location,” Haskel said. “We had a violinist playing wedding songs as people boarded. It was the best.”

In typical New York fashion, though, their vows were interrupted by an announcement from the ferry captain.

“He said something about docking in Staten Island,” recalled Haskel.

After returning to Manhattan, the couple and their roughly 80 guests schlepped on over to the nearest subway station and hopped on a 1 train to Sixth Avenue — where they boarded an L train to an after-party at the Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg.

“The whole way there we were dancing, playing “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z and other New York songs,” Haskel said. “It was awesome.”

The couple claimed it was an experience they would never forget.

“There were so many things that could have gone wrong,” Haskel said. “Other than my wife being 15 minutes late, there were thunderstorms, it was 90 degrees, and we were on the subway during rush hour. But we had fun and having fun is the best when it comes to getting married, especially here. The strangers are great and New York City is great. So it’s something we’ll remember forever.”


His new bride agreed.

“It was just a really special day and I hope that we also brought a little bit of joy in commuters lives,” Bethany said. “I think we managed to make everyone feel included and celebrated. I don’t think we could have asked for a better wedding.”