The Final: Yay New York Video


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

So this week, we’ve alluded to a secret project we were working on at Yay New York. And to wrap up the week, I’m honored to present it to you. This is the trailer for the documentary short Eric Brown of the The Media Playground is working on about marriage equality, the party we threw, and the community you guys are.

Because the point of the event wasn’t just to get two couples married, or to get 150 people together in a room and have a party. The point was to take what happened in that room and spread the message. The message that, as Ang put it to me earlier this week, “Love is love, and don’t be a dick.” Or, more eloquently if less succinctly, there is nothing more beautiful than two people loving each other and the world honoring that love.

So please, share this video. Put it on your blog. Link to it on Twitter. Put it on Facebook. Share the message with people who aren’t part of this community, or who aren’t sure how they feel about marriage equality yet. And I’ll let you know when the full documentary short is done. Of course.

APW’s LAMBDA Legal drive is going to be open for the next two weeks, as I know some of you want some time to plan on slightly more significant gifts. A huge thank you to the couples who trusted us with their weddings, the sponsors and volunteers who gave their talents and heart, and all of you for following along, lifting us up, and allowing this to happen.

And don’t worry, Ask Team Practical will be back next week. Obviously.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.lovelyatyourside.com Lovelyolivia

    This is amazing! I will share it with EVERYONE!!

  • http://militarywomenspeak.wordpress.com Kelsey Mackay

    This is very, very cool :-) Wish I could have been there. From all the pictures, it looks like the weddings and the party were just amazing. More than that, I love the message of equality. All the energy and love that you, the staff, the vendors, and the APW community brought to Yay NY was just such an incredible way to spread the message!!! Congrats and THANKS for pulling it off! This was definitely a big step in the right direction.

  • Leila

    I’ve been a bit of a lurker on this site, since for a while I was in the pre-engagement stage. But I have to say that every post having to do w/ this event has really emotionally touched me. Right now I’m at my desk at work crying, in a really really good way. :) Thank you!

  • carrie

    Amazing. Smiling at my desk after a terrible week. Thank you, as always, and again congrats to the happy couples!

  • Shannon

    This is so unbelievably awesome. Also, I need to find a way to incorporate more confetti into my life. Obviously.

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  • Carbon Girl

    Great video. I was completely not prepared for the tears when that “I wish” song came on. What a beautiful event filled with love.

    • Laurel

      Me too! I’m running late for work, but had to watch and now I’m trying to not cry any more! So beautiful! Love is love!

  • http://libudgetbride.wordpress.com Ariella

    So wonderful! It looks like it was an amazing event. So happy for APW for its success and even happier for NY, which finally came to their senses. I hope the message and influence spreads far and wide.

  • http://bookish.nu Jenny

    Amazing, beautiful video. I wish I could have been there! I’m sharing it everywhere. :)

  • http://blametheweatherman.wordpress.com Melissa

    This video was so beautiful for so, so many reasons. I wish I could have been there to help celebrate!

  • Molly

    This is amazing. What I love about this video is that it’s a reminder of how much APW just “gets it”. Meg and the community just get what it means to work, what it means to love, what it means to gay couples to hear the words “by the power vested in me by the state of New York”, what it means to feel excited for the wedding but so crazily beside yourself about the MARRIAGE, and what it means to have a community of support around you as you begin a life together. My partner and I are getting married in October, and I’m just not sure we would have made it to this point without the grace of APW. So thanks.

  • Laura

    This has me all weepy, in a good way. Yay New York, yay for these couples, and yay Team Practical!

  • http://dullmoments.wordpress.com laurabalaurah

    Oh Meg (& everyone involved), congratulations! What a wonderful event, what a gorgeous video, and what a PERFECT reason to celebrate!

  • http://www.treelovesjake.blogspot.com Theresa Sea

    Awesome, just…awesome. Both weddings gave me chills and totally choked me up. What an amazing display of love, community, and bliss. Thank you for sharing all of this with us-It feels good to be a part of an online community where we are forward thinkers, and, as it was put in the video, “cheerleaders for love”. Love it!

  • http://nighttraintodetroit.com amy

    I have been following the Yay New York coverage and cheering and feeling floored the whole time, but this? This! I CRIED! Congratulations to everyone for all of this.

  • http://knitsmcgee.blogspot.com Shayna

    I am not that person who cries at those entries where half the comments are something like “I was bawling at my desk at work!” But I watched that video and teared up in the chem resource center at school. I fucking love equality.

    • Laurel

      Me too (except for the chem resource center part)! I know there’s an exactly button so I don’t have to keep typing “me too,” but clicking exactly just isn’t quite enough today.

  • http://hitchdied.com Robin HitchDied

    There’s so much love in that video!

  • http://laurenmcglynnphotography.blogspot.com Lauren

    This video made me cry. I totally just posted it to my blog. Amazing everyone. Just amazing.

  • http://www.3upadventures.com Beth

    Chills. Tears. Smiles. This is just LOVELY.

  • Sara

    I don’t usually comment, but APW has seriously become so much more than I ever would have imagined in 2009 and I AM SO HAPPY! It has been so amazing watching this even unfold here and watching the APW community support these wonderful, amazing people in their love for each other. APW FOR THE WIN!

  • Class of 1980

    Wow! Impressive!

    Good job in making the subject more personal by showing the people who are actually affected by marriage equality!

  • http://arduousblog.com ruchi

    Awesome video! And thanks for keeping the giving page open for us procrastinating lame-os. I FINALLY donated. ;)

  • amc

    I’m so proud of APW and Meg!! Such a special event!

  • april

    SOOOO proud of Meg and APW! I watched this video 3x in a row and sobbed every single time!!! Love it! YAY!

  • http://www.bridesanstulle.com Sharon

    Just got a chance to sit down and watch this video, and it just warmed me up from the inside out. Grinning madly now. Go, Team Practical!

  • Janna

    Shoot! That just makes me so happy. Way to go Team Practical!!

  • Sharon

    I snuck in a little phrase for marriage equality in my Catholic wedding service this coming Saturday. It’s subtle, but somehow makes me feel better that I’m acknowledging that the opportunity of getting married for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation,WILL happen in the future, on my own wedding day.

  • http://bridezillatobebecky.blogspot.com/ Becky

    I shared it, shared it, shared it!

    And can I just say how nice it is to hear your voice and mannerisms, Meg? It adds a dimension of your personality to your posts that didn’t previously exist for me. Love!

  • http://www.jehara.blogspot.com jehara

    I have no words to describe how moving this video was for me. APW continues to amaze and inspire.

  • William

    Congrats you guys. What an important event. I am so glad it was documented so well
    Such a beautifully done film. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • lovelove

    This is so awesome – thanks for sharing it.

    Also – so great to see Meg and others IRL. Megs voice is so different from what I imagined!!

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