The First Gay Wedding

I received a call on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, by a gentleman looking for help planning his gay wedding. It was to be held in six days in Boston.

We had other clients already - but for weddings further out. This was a wedding in a week. They had the venue. I needed to find wedding cake, a photographer, flowers, ceremonial music, and drinks. The idea was to have the wedding in a church and a cake and punch reception immediately following - the wedding and reception were open to all.

The ceremony was at First Church Boston, a Unitarian Church on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay. One of the grooms was so excited that his was going to be the first gay wedding at this historic church that he sent around a press release he wrote about it.

When I arrived at the Church for setup, I watched another gay couple and their friends pose for photos after their ceremony just concluded. Turns out that my clients were the second gay couple to get married at First Church.

So I did it and hired vendors I would begin to work with routinely afterwards. The ceremony was beautiful, very elegant and the grooms were handsome. All the vendors did their job exceptionally well, and my girlfriend at the time and I served up cake and punch to the guests, some of whom were strangers to the grooms.

I still get that question from reporters and prospective clients: what was the shortest amount of time you were given to plan a wedding?

That was my first gay wedding and to this day, I still think of every one since as making history.

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