This Valentine’s Day, two lucky couples will have their weddings on the Empire State Building’s world-famous 86th floor Observatory. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event, and in honor of this milestone, the Empire State Building chose two couple, Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet from New York, NY and Nachiket Patel and Chitra Pathak originally from Mumbai to have the wedding of their dreams at the iconic landmark.
Fabiana and Helena exemplify a true NYC love story. Co-owners of home design store Coming Soon on the Lower East Side, Fabiana proposed to Helena at the Plaza Hotel after falling in love almost seven years ago. With a shared fascination in the Empire State Building and the meaning behind its nightly tower lighting, Fabiana and Helena are excited to celebrate their love story and marry on the landmark’s 86th floor Observatory.
Originally from India, Nachiket and Chitra met ten years ago after an introduction was made through Chitra’s brother. Following a five year relationship, which included almost two years of long-distance dating, they are now happily living in Jersey City, New Jersey. The Empire State Building is Nachiket’s favorite building, and while the couple still plans to host a big traditional wedding in India, he submitted his entry in the hopes of surprising Chitra with a wedding in their adopted home. Chitra is thrilled to have a wedding in the heart of New York, the city where she and Nachiket were reunited.