Ceremony Location : Old Stone House Garden
Reception location : Mie N Yu restaurant
Wedding date : May 30, 2010
Photographs by Jennifer
Washington DC had just legalized same-sex marriage in March when Bruce and Chris were at the district’s Superior courthouse for a wedding. The couple of nearly a decade, who have been wearing rings to symbolize their commitment to each other for so long that their fingers bear indentations and faint tan lines from the gold bands, decided to pick up a marriage license themselves. They didn’t really want to make their commitment legal in the decidedly office-like confines of the courthouse marriage bureau. But nor did they want a grand to-do with a pages-long itinerary either. So they set about planning a low-key wedding celebration for their closest friends and family members to be held in Georgetown over Memorial Day weekend.
Since DC joined five states in allowing same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian couples have flocked to the district to exchange vows and celebrate their legal unions. In the first week alone, the number of couples applying for marriage licenses in DC Superior Court jumped from an average of 10 to 12 per day to 118 daily, the Los Angeles Times reported in March.
Bruce and Chris could not have looked happier as they exchanged vows in a Georgetown garden bursting with greenery and spring blooms. After getting ready together at the nearby Georgetown Suites hotel and affixing white rose boutonnieres to each other’s tuxedo lapels, the couple made the short walk to the Old Stone House Garden. Chris choked up as he voiced his commitment to Bruce. And the couple’s guests cheered and applauded as the officiant pronounced them “legally married” at the end of the ceremony. After some casual portraits in the garden, the newlyweds joined their guests at the nearby Mie N Yu restaurant, where bottomless mimosas, a three-tiered wedding cake and a pink, pink party room awaited. We had initially planned on capping the celebration with a strolling photo session through Georgetown. But it was so hot and humid that Bruce and Chris opted instead to use the very cool spaces (both in temperature and aesthetic) at Mie N Yu for a few more pictures before calling it a day. Congratulations, Bruce and Chris. You were a pleasure to work with!
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