Couple “Skates into Life Together” at Cambridge Ice Rink


March 13, 2016 • Cambridge, Massachusetts

By Rachael Devaney

Standing in an ice rink, surrounded by bright twinkling lights and the love of family and friends, John Pyne and Michael Caniff took their vows. The couple, who met as neighbors in Somerville, Massachusetts, chose to skate into life together by pledging their love at Kendall Square Community Ice Skating in Cambridge.

John and Michael, who both wore classic black tuxedos, stood facing each other on the ice while a carpet of tulips lay at their feet, and a circle of trees wrapped in strings of white lights shined down from above. Their 110 guests looked on, each holding a single tulip.

“We felt the love as everyone gathered around,” remembers John. “To share that moment with them was an honor.”

After the couple skated a victory lap around the rink, accompanied by a Zamboni with a “Just Married” sign on the back, they and their guests enjoyed signature drinks, as well as an open skate. “It was a beautiful 45 degrees out and a perfect evening,” says John.

Prior to the ceremony, the couple and 40 of their closest friends and family gathered at the Cambridge Skating Club for an intimate dinner. Because John works as a recreational manager, staff was more than happy to close down for the evening for a wedding feast that included specialty dishes like beef bourguignon, cranberry goat cheese salad and squash ravioli.

Guests were served family-style, with the dishes of food sharing space on the tables with centerpieces overflowing with multi-colored tulips, crisp white rhododendrons and swaths of greenery. Throughout the evening, guests gave toasts and praised the couple’s union, which made John and Michael feel “profoundly loved.”

Photography by Bethany & Dan Photography

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