Every year, Denise and Lowell Forman celebrate their wedding anniversary twice.
On Aug. 13, the couple usually goes out for dinner at a nice restaurant to commemorate their 2011 wedding at the Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington. And on Aug. 14, they grab coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts in North Massapequa where they were legally wed.
The Copiague couple had two weddings, “by accident,” said Denise Forman, 55.
On the Formans’ original wedding day, just minutes before Denise Forman was about to walk down the aisle in a strapless chiffon dress, the reverend officiating the service, Francine Decicco, pulled her aside and asked her for their application for the marriage license.
“She just looked at me and said she left it on the toaster,” said Decicco, of Queens.
Without the documents, Decicco said she wasn’t able to legally marry the Formans. But with about 60 people in attendance, they decided not to tell their guests about the forgotten forms and have the ceremony anyway.
The next morning, Denise Forman said she and Lowell, along with their best man and maid of honor, met Decicco at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1399 Hicksville Road to sign the papers. The bride, who wore a blue sundress, and the groom, who sported a red polo shirt and light-washed jeans, said they expected to “just sign the papers and leave.”
Decicco had other plans.
The officiant, who had spent 23 years as a wedding planner before deciding to become a reverend, posed the couple and their witnesses in front of a freezer in the store and performed the whole ceremony again as customers enjoying their morning coffee looked on.
After exchanging the same rings and reciting the same vows as the day before, the couple bit into two cream-filled chocolate doughnuts, which Decicco arranged beside a cake topper, to the applause of the employees and customers present.
“It was very cute. Very special,” Denise Forman said. “I’m glad she thought to do that for us.”
Victoria Nowak was working the counter at the Dunkin’ Donuts Sunday when the Formans came in to celebrate. She said they bought two cups of coffee and asked her to take their picture in front of the freezer.
“We live in Copiague, so we only go there once a year. And I don’t think we’ll ever stop,” Denise Forman said.