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RedEnvelope And ProFlowers Celebrate "Love Above All" At 20th Annual Empire State Building Wedding Ceremony

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Three Couples Tie the Knot Atop the World's Most Romantic Building

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with premier online gifting sites RedEnvelope® and ProFlowers®, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announces the three couples chosen to wed at the Empire State Building (ESB) and celebrates the iconic landmark's milestone – the 20th Annual Valentine's Day Weddings Event, "Love Above All."

One day out of the year on Valentine's Day, three couples receive the opportunity of a lifetime to get married at the World's Most Romantic Building, made iconic by countless romance movies and couples-in-love visiting the Observatory. On the morning of February 14, 2014, three couples will make their wedding dreams come true at the 20th anniversary of this Valentine's Day wedding tradition.

Each of the three couples chosen for this year's ceremony will exchange vows in a private ceremony space lavishly decorated with a stunning flower wall designed by ProFlowers. The fresh floral wall, a modern take on the traditional wedding arch, is comprised of almost 4,000 pink and white roses and hydrangeas to create a dramatic ombre effect that will transform the exclusive ceremony space into the ultimate wedding venue.

Following the ceremonies, each of the newlyweds will be treated to unique, personalized gifts from RedEnvelope in the RedEnvelope Gifting Suite, where the couples will discover sentimental gifts that celebrate their new relationship as husband and wife and inspire the story of their new life together. Couples will then share their first champagne toast as husband and wife, and celebrate their marriage with decadent, gourmet dipped berries and sweets from Shari's Berries

The couples who will exchange vows and create life-long memories together at the Empire State Building during the event's exciting milestone are:

  • Shelby and Bill Costa (Virginia Beach, VA) – Ten years ago, on February 14, 2004, Shelby and Bill Costa tied the knot at the Empire State Building. Today, their love shines just as brightly, and on this momentous occasion, the couple will renew their vows and celebrate the next chapter of their married life at 8 a.m. 
  • Maria DelCarmen and Brendan Goldblatt (Bronx, NY; Woodridge, NJ) – The pair's whirlwind romance started when Brendan first asked for Maria's hand to dance at a friend's party in New York City. One thing led to another, and a few years later, he asked for her hand in marriage. The engaged couple is eager to officially tie the knot on Valentine's Day. Maria and Brendan will be married at 9 a.m.
  • Veronica Vizcaino and Gustavo Espinal (Brooklyn, NY) – Veronica and Gustavo spent their first date on top of the Empire State Building's 86th floor Observation Deck - talking and laughing the night away. They're excited to get married exactly where they first fell in love. The engaged couple will say "I do" at 10 a.m.

"The Empire State Building is an iconic place to be in love, and it's exciting to be able to celebrate love on this special day by providing an extraordinary experience for the couples. The elaborate fresh floral wall from ProFlowers will create a dramatic backdrop to the ceremony, and the RedEnvelope Gifting Suite will give the couples an unforgettable moment they'll be sharing with their closest friends and family," said ProFlowers Head Floral Designer and Gifting Expert Kate Law, who designed the floral altar.

The day before their wedding on February 13, each newlywed couple will "flip the switch" to light up the tower and watch the colors of Valentine's Day radiate from the top of the Empire State Building, dazzling the New York City skyline in red, pink and white. The 20th year of ESB's Annual Valentine's Day Weddings Event will conclude with a VIP visit to ESB's world-famous 86th Floor Observatory for the couples and their families.

Each of the three couples, chosen amongst many from across the country, shared their unique love stories and personal connection to the iconic landmark via the Empire State Building's Facebook page ( for a chance to win a dream wedding at ESB. Highlights of the couples' beautiful ceremonies will be posted on the Empire State Building's Facebook page after the celebrations end.

For more information on ProFlowers, visit For more information on RedEnvelope, visit

About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most Famous Office Building." With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions as the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,, @EmpireStateBldg,, or

About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world's most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company's office and retail portfolio covers 8.4 million rentable square feet, as of September 30, 2013, consisting of 7.8 million rentable square feet in 12 office properties, including seven in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 645,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage and has an option to acquire two additional Manhattan office properties encompassing approximately 1.5 million rentable square feet of office space and over 150,000 rentable square feet of retail space at the base of the buildings.

About RedEnvelope®
RedEnvelope is the source for premium gift ideas, inspiration, tips and discovery that celebrates connections and relationships through unique gifting. The online gifting retailer brings classic and modern together with sentiment and authenticity. RedEnvelope's catalog and site,, feature an extensive collection of new and unexpected gifting options that provides an inspiring and memorable gifting experience. 

About ProFlowers® 
ProFlowers, a Provide Commerce brand, delivers fresh and colorful floral bouquets ready to bloom for at least 7 days. The online floral company guarantees service, value and reliability when it matters most. ProFlowers' grower-direct model promises floral and plant expertise, on-time fresh delivery, a longer bloom, and empowered and proactive customer service.  From the everyday to the most special of days, ProFlowers bouquets and plants promise a thoughtfully convenient experience and make gift givers heroes in the eyes of their recipients.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward looking statements". Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "pro forma," "estimates," "contemplates," "aims," "continues," "would" or "anticipates" or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: the factors included in the Company's prospectus relating to the initial public offering, including those set forth under the headings "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Business and Properties." While forward-looking statements reflect the Company's good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could impact the Company's future results, performance or transactions, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the prospectus relating to the initial public offering, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prospective investors should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to the Company (or to third parties making the forward-looking statements).

For Press Inquiries about Empire State Building:
Matthew Frappier, Edelman Public Relations
(212) 277-3786

For Press Inquiries about ProFlowers® and RedEnvelope®:
Amy Toosley
(858) 638-4648  

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