Thirteen years ago, 29-year-old Osvaldo (“Chance”) Jimenez — known as OJ to his friends — hopped on an M14 bus in Manhattan and spotted 23-year-old Kara Mullins sitting nearby. Immediately, he was smitten. Kara, on the other hand? She had no idea he was even there.
You see, Jimenez tells Babble that Mullins was obeying a cardinal rule of New Yorkers everywhere: Never make eye contact, under any circumstance. And so, it would take another five hours — and another chance encounter in a nearby bar — for the pair to officially meet. But after that, the rest was history.
The couple was married last week, nearly 13 years to the day after they first met, and decided to pay homage to their unique meeting in the most New York way possible: By getting married on an MTA bus, just like the one Jimenez first spotted Mullins on back in 2004.
On Sunday, August 20, the couple’s wedding guests hopped on a rented M14 bus at Delancey and Columbia Streets, not long before the groom hopped on at 5th and Avenue D. Then came the bride at 10th Street and Avenue C, where the ceremony officially commenced.
But the ceremony locale wasn’t the only unique touch this couple added to their nuptials. I mean, what New York wedding would be complete without metro card-inspired invites?
Or a wedding guestbook with graffiti-adorned pages inside?
But here’s the real pièce de résistance, if you ask me: The bride’s bouquet was wrapped up in a crumpled up copy of The Post.
As creative as the ceremony was, it probably came as no surprise to their friends and family. After all, Jimenez is a writer and artist, as well as the creative director and co-founder of Le Petit Mort, a former brick and mortar store turned digital platform which curates ’90s fashion and modern accessories. And in addition to working with her husband as a co-founder at Le Petit Mort, Mullins is an account manager for the trend-casting agency, WSGN.
Speaking with The New York Post last week, the couple shared a bit about their pre-wedding planning, and admitted that the MTA bus drivers who helped orchestrate the ceremony deserved a shout-out themselves.
“We figured out that the drivers had the same schedules every week,” Mullins shared, “so we did a dry run the Sunday before.”
“She arranged it with the guy after her on the schedule,” Jimenez added, “so that she would go first to pick up any people on the route, so we would be clear. They were amazing.”
Congrats to the happy couple! (And if you want to see how the whole thing went down, you can check out their full ceremony over on Vimeo.)