MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Arlene Faulkner and TJ Ferlauto were married in a ceremony held in Central Park last Sunday, Sept. 9, but it was their reception at the Mahopac firehouse on Route 6 that might have featured the biggest highlight.
Lured out into the parking lot on the premise of a photo op, the couple, bridal party, and guests were delightedly shocked when a helicopter suddenly hovered above and began dropping rose petals on them.
The roses-from-the-sky scenario was orchestrated by Arlene’s father, Allan Faulkner Jr. Allan works for Ross Air at Westchester County Airport, where he is a longtime friend of Anthony Ianni, a pilot with Wings Air Helicopters. They concocted the scheme together.
“Anthony Ianni, the pilot, really went above and beyond, and also helped to arrange getting the roses for the drop,” Allan said. “Anna Macsai, the manager at Wings Air, and Ron Deagan, a former captain with the Mahopac Fire Department, were all awesome.”
Allan said “everyone knew something was up” when he asked the guests to come outside for a photo op, and told them that a surprise was coming.
As the helicopter got close, Allan gave a touching tribute to his father, Allan “Hoppy” Faulkner Sr., Arlene’s grandfather, who was an instrumental figure in her life. (She held a photo on canvas of him in the pictures.)
Allan said Hoppy was looking down on the happy couple and sending his love as the rose petals started to fall. It lasted about 10 minutes and there was not a dry eye in the place.