Overheard at Saturday's Wedding

"Thank God for Massachusetts for letting us come here to get married!"

That's what one of my grooms said on Saturday during his toast to his friends and family.  These guys were from LA, and given the recent court ruling upholding Proposition 8, I think they must have been psychic to plan a wedding in Boston. 

We had a lot of fun together.  I was first called on a Saturday about two months ago, and at the time they didn't even realize that I specialized in gay weddings.  They already had a room block for their guests at the fabulous Intercontinental Hotel (many of my clients stay there), but needed help with everything else. 

The first time we met was when they were in Boston on a three hour flight layover to apply for their marriage license.  I met them at Cambridge City Hall, and helped them apply, then zipped them over to visit Old South and First Church in the Back Bay, then zipped them down to check out Radius Restaurant, my suggestion for their reception space.  We dashed in and out of these places before I dropped them at the airport terminal and returned their rental car.  A madcap three hours, but they loved the carefully selected options and did settle on Old South and Radius.

At this wedding, Jen did the flowers - all white and ivory at the ceremony - very classic, and ivory mixed with red and burgundy at the reception.  She did a really spectacular job and her altar arrangements were particularly stunning and really fit the space well. 

Saturday was great!  The weather was perfect and things went very well.  Their 35 guests were transported via trolley from the hotel to the church and then from the church to Radius.  The grooms arrived via limo and stayed behind at the church for formals.  They were pleasantly surprised by the support from strangers on the streets of Boston (we really are a friendly city, despite rumors to the contrary)

Radius, as always, was flawless.  The guests enjoyed a four course food and wine pairing, plus wedding cake. There was a live jazz with an amazing female vocalist, a caricature artist, and a lesbian tango performance!  One of my favorite parts was when the grooms made their Grand Entrance to the jazz band performing "I'm Coming Out" which they learned for my grooms.  Thanks, Harry!  I also loved Patrice's rendition of the Beyonce version of "Ave Maria" - amazing!

All in all a very classy wedding, and the grooms and their guests were thrilled.  They have such an amazing support system and themselves are tremendous guys I was fortunate to work with.  Together 25 years, they met on a street corner in Dallas as young students and it was love at first sight.  Such stories of love are what makes my career a blessing. 

Photos to come as soon as I have them!

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