POURTABIB, 29, AND WILKES-KRIER, 29
By HEATHER HOLLAND
Oct. 4 – Few people find heavy metal romantic, but for Cherie Pourtabib and Andrew Wilkes-Krier, it was love at first headbang. The musical Manhattan couple met after being urged to do so by their heavy-metal voice teacher. Four years later, they tied the knot at Santos Party House, a nightclub in Chinatown co-owned by the groom. But the wedding wasn’t all rock ‘n’ roll for Pourtabib and Wilkes-Krier, better known as the musician Andrew W.K. The couple included some traditional elements in their wedding as well, including a Persian ceremony that had some of their guests on the edge of their seats. “When the bride is asked to agree to the marriage, it’s customary for her to ignore the question until the third time,” says Pourtabib, a musician, songwriter and fitness professional. “Some of our guests were really confused!” After assuring their guests by saying “I do,” the duo and their 160 friends and family members enjoyed an exotic Middle Eastern-themed reception, designed by Joseph Todd Events.
* First dance: Andrew W.K.’s “Really in Love”
* Sweet stuff: a multi-tiered cupcake display in lieu of a wedding cake
* Proposal: At La Lanterna Cafe in Greenwich Village, where the duo had their first date
* Memorable moment: “Exchanging vows and getting so emotional we could barely speak,” says the bride.