Vows Exchanged Atop Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building is open for weddings only one day of the year — Valentine's Day. This year, 400 couples applied for the honor by submitting an essay, and 14 were selected. Host Jacki Lyden talks to newlyweds Anni and Delon Mollett.


Everyday, engaged couples call the Empire State Building asking to get married at one of the most romantic iconic buildings in New York City. But there's only one day a year that the building actually allows this, and it's today, Valentine's Day. The wedding Web site Brides.com pulled a contest to choose lucky couples.

And this year, 400 couples sent in applications, only 14 were selected. One of these couples is on the line with us now, Anni and Delon Mollett. They've just taken their relationships to new heights as husband and wife. Anni and Delon, congratulations.

Ms. ANNI MOLLETT (Bride; Got married at the Empire State Building): Thank you so much.

Mr. DELON MOLLETT (Groom; Got married at the Empire State Building): Thank you very much.

LYDEN: What could you see from where you got married?

Ms. MOLLETT: I pretty much just saw Delon. I know that the city was out behind him but I was focusing on my wedding.

LYDEN: So, why did you two choose the Empire State Building and get involved in the contest? What does it mean to you?

Ms. MOLLETT: We've been in a long distance relationship for a year since I relocated for work. And frequently, it was just easier for us to be in New York or different places around the country. The Empire State Building of course, is such an amazing, enduring symbol in New York. And we thought that it was completely appropriate to get married at the, you know, highest point in New York City after we've been flying to see one another for a year.

LYDEN: Delon, how did you two actually got engaged?

Mr. MOLLETT: Well, we got engaged, it was approximately eight months ago now in August of 2008. And I picked her up, and I was in painting clothes, so it was nothing, you know, nothing fantastic to look at and drove her home in her car and we get home and I had laid out about two dozen rose petals just on the floor, just red rose petals strewing about. At that point, I said, well, go ahead and follow the trail of rose petals.

So, she started walking into the living room and I had arranged one dozen roses (unintelligible) and put a chair in the middle of all of them and asked her to sit down. And at that point, she started to mist up a little bit, although she still wasn't 100 percent sure, I believe.

LYDEN: I bet you've just inspired a lot of guys, Delon. So, you now have Valentine's Day and your anniversary on the same day. How are you going to handle that in the future?

Mr. MOLLETT: Well, certainly, I know from my standpoint that I better not cheap out and just get one gift.

LYDEN: What a great kickoff to your wedding. We really want to say congratulations and happy Valentine's Day.

Ms. MOLLETT: Thank you.

Mr. MOLLETT: Thank you so much.

Ms. MOLLETT: And happy Valentine's Day to you, too.

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