My wife, NotFroofy, moved from England to be with me at the beginning of 2001. I proposed to her on August 3, 2008--three days after Massachusetts law was changed to allow nonresident same-sex couples to marry. Since same-sex marriage was not permitted in our home state of Maryland, we were married in Massachusetts.1/
Because we live near Washington, DC, and have no family in Massachusetts, the ceremony was very small (under 20 people). We had a luncheon after the ceremony for all the attendees. We brought a videotape of the ceremony back for a much bigger reception in DC for all our friends.
We had two attendants. My daughter was maid of honor. We asked my son to be best man. He replied that the best man is a groom's attendant, and since we don't have a groom, he couldn't be best man. However, he was happy to be "dude of honor."
Our ceremony and reception were very reflective of our own tastes. We did a lot of things ourselves that are traditionally done by vendors. I've tried to include information on our wedding planning site, http://sites.google.com/site/2dbride, on how all our projects were done, where to find the materials, and costs, in hopes they may be useful to other couples looking for ideas.
Since the wedding, I have written various pages of recaps (vendor reviews, instructions for DIY projects, registry reviews, and miscellaneous wedding-related articles) for the benefit of other couples. They can be found at our wedding planning site, above. We also posted pictures on the site of the wedding in which we were not identifiable. If you would like to see pictures of the wedding in which we are identifiable, you can contact us using the contact form at https://sites.google.com/site/2dbride/for-sale#TOC-Contact-Form.
1/ Update: In 2015, almost six years after our wedding, the Supreme Court finally made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. We are thrilled that our marriage and family now receives the same respect as others.
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