Yesterday was the gay wedding in Boston of a couple I've been working with for a few months now. After years of marriage to men, they met through work and one night fifteen years ago, on the 4th of some month, they connected and have been together since. They celebrate their anniversary the 4th of every month, and yesterday on February 4 they married in front of 10 friends and family members, including the three children they raised together who are now in their late teens/early 20s.
These women live in the South and envisioned an upscale, elegant, classic New England wedding and contacted me to make this happen. They wanted the ceremony and reception in the same building and preferred this to be a hotel for guest convenience in early February. I set to the task of identifying venues that fit the bill, although I had one in mind from the get-go and that's where the wedding was - the Lenox Hotel. It's lovely and I visited it on their behalf and found it to be absolutely perfect for them. They agreed and off we went.
This couple wanted a ceremony officiated by an Episcopal priest but Episcopal priests are not legally allowed to perform same-sex marriages. Instead, I arranged a ceremony performed by my new favorite local Justice of the Peace and blessed by an Episcopal priest. Both were great and it was a beautiful ceremony, with Communion.
I met this couple for the first time in January when they were here for a brief visit to apply for their marriage license, tour the hotel, select wines and meet the florist and priest. We had a great lunch in the hotel pub and got to know each other as friends. I love that.
Yesterday's wedding was exactly what they were looking for. The formal ceremony was in a second floor function room with a table of family photos, tons of candlelight and divine flowers from my favorite florist. The flowers and floating flower/candle pillars were stunning. After the ceremony and group photos (taken by one of my favorite photographers who is shooting my own wedding), I brought everyone to the restaurant for cocktail hour and dinner at Azure. The room was stunning.
My favorite part? The sweet toast by the oldest son, Charlie. What great kids they raised, and his toast was a testament to their relationship and the foundation that they provided their children. It brought tears to my eyes. And that is why I do what I do. I still believe these weddings are making history, changing minds, bringing people together and validating relationships one wedding at a time. And it's my job and my pleasure to make this process as easy as possible, creating a beautiful, memorable event for these lovely folks.
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