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3) Jackie's parents are still zoo members! Being a zoo member is awesome! I can attest to this because we have a family membership, too! When you become a member of the , you get free admission to the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo (right by my apartment!), the Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Of course you can't choose a wedding venue just because it's a place your mom and dad love, but at the end of the day, Jackie and Andy are psyched that the proceeds from their wedding will help the Wildlife Conservation Society continue to save wildlife and wild places around the globe.
AdvertisementThey met five years ago while in graduate programs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond -- she in art history and he in health administration. They lived across the street from each other, but didn't know it until one night when Mr. Weger's roommate invited her for a cup of tea. As she was leaving, Mr. Weger returned home. ''She thought I was hitting on her,'' he said, smiling broadly. Perhaps, but in a way she liked.They soon moved in together. He expanded her knowledge of jazz; she tutored him in old movies and Hollywood trivia. Together, they moved to Manhattan.Last winter, when they learned that Coney Island's Thunderbolt roller coaster had been demolished, they hopped on the subway to pay their respects. They photographed its ruins and then wandered sadly about, eventually stumbling upon the tiny Coney Island Museum and its proprietor, Dick D. Zigun. They told him they wanted to be married somewhere in the park; he suggested the Wonder Wheel. ''Stuart and I looked at each other,'' Ms. Mann said. ''We knew we had our whole wedding planned.''During the ceremony, Mr. Zigun was among the guests who rode the wheel, on its last day of the season. Mr. Weger's father, Dr. Marvin Weger, declined. ''I've had two heart attacks and a bypass,'' he said. ''I feel great. I want to keep it that way.''After several revolutions, the couple's car stopped at the top -- just long enough for Mr. Weger to fulfill tradition and stamp on the glass. Guests then walked to the nearby New York Aquarium, to eat Nathan's kosher hot dogs and watch the newlyweds dance to ''Coney Island Baby.'' A gantlet of guests tossed candy corn as the couple dived into a limousine and headed off for a grown-up honeymoon in Italy. As they drove away, the Wonder Wheel stood still, at rest until next year. Reflecting on their day, Ms. Mann said: ''It wasn't a novelty thing. It was really for us.''
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