Announcing: Two Couples, One Universal Right

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

** Tickets for Yay New York, APW’s Mass Reception for Marriage Equality, will be going on sale at 9:30 AM, PST today. So check back to buy tickets!**

Two weeks ago, we opened applications for couples to apply to legally wed with us on August 25th, followed by the Yay New York party. Over the last few weeks, we’ve decided to re-tool the event in keeping with the APW philosophy that less is almost always more. So instead of doing five quick civil services, we’ve decided to do two fabulous weddings. Each couple will have up to thirty guests, their own private reception, and then be honored by Team Practical, dancing like crazy, at a party that night. So without further ado, I’m delighted to introduce you to the two couples.


Leanne Anne

{Leanne & Anne}

Our first couple is APW reader and So You’re EngGAYged blogger Leanne and her partner Anne (read her post about navigating the wedding industry as a non-traditional couple here; it’s a doozy). In some sort of magically synergy, Leanne and Anne are getting married on Sunday, September 25th, in Philadelphia, exactly one month after Yay New York. So one month before the celebration, they’ll be getting married legally married with us, a handful of loved ones, and piles of kindred spirits celebrating in their honor. Here is more about them:

Anne is from the eastern shore of Maryland and Leanne is from the Jersey shore, but we both call Philadelphia home. In December of 2005, we met online, had a spectacular first date, and the rest is history! We have been building our relationship for the past five years and have been engaged for about six months. When we are not busy at work (Anne is a surgical nurse and Leanne is a pediatric psychologist), we can be found relaxing on the roof deck at our new home, chatting over a good meal and a glass of wine, geeking out with NPR, or at a concert listening to our favorite music. We are getting married in front of 150 friends and family at the end of September, and so we are thrilled to make it legal next month in New York. Yay NY!


{Cory & Aaron}

The second couple is Cory and Aaron, and this will be their one and only wedding. Saying we’re honored to be a part of it is a little bit of an understatement. When they applied, Aaron told me, “Now, in our third year together we’ve moved to Chicago for new jobs, and about two months ago I proposed to Cory. We’ve been debating where to have our marriage, but even here in Chicago they don’t say the word ‘Marriage,’ which makes us cry a little bit. After hearing the news about New York, we’ve talked about going there. Cory and I both agree small weddings are best to make them more meaningful to us. You don’t need 100 people, just family and close friends to cheer you on as you tie the knot.” So on August 25th, Cory and Aaron will be tying the knot with a close band of loved ones, on a terrace in midtown Manhattan. Tying the legal knot, may I add. Here is more about them:

Cory and Aaron are a geeky couple with skills and hobbies in computers and technology.  That’s also how they met, via an online site built with a programming language they were both interested in learning.  It was love at first date and three years later, Aaron proposed to Cory, leaving him speechless.  Aaron is the one with red hair and matching shirt on the right.


We can’t wait to celebrate with Leanne & Anne and Cory & Aaron (and you!) in just one month. Jane Austen may have put it best when she said:

“The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade, and Mrs. Elton, from the particulars detailed by her husband thought it all extremely shabby, and very inferior to her own. ‘Very little white satin, very few lace veils; a most pitiful business.’ But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the predictions, the confidences of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Here is to Leanne & Anne and Cory & Aaron! We’re so honored to witness your legal union. We will be spending the next month making this the most fabulous pair of small weddings we can possibly throw. Now Team Practical, can I have a cheer?

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit #NASTY

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  • This will be amazing and brilliant and awesome and amazing (again).

    We can’t wait. But we’ll have to. And that’s okay. Did I mention it’s gonna be amazing and awesome? I think we’ll have to bring something super extra special special for our photobooth.

  • I love them already! This is going to be amazing….

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  • Aurélie

    Congratulations to the happy couples! Can’t wait to know more about them and their special APW Wedding!

  • Torie

    Yaaay! (well you did ask for a cheer)
    Congratulations to all of you, I hope you have an amazing day

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  • This post makes my heart sing and go all pitter-patter and feel like it’s going to explode out of my chest with love. I’m keeping my eyes on Priceline for reasonable tickets to NY to celebrate with y’all. xo!

    • meg


  • Yay!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for Leanne, Anne, Cory and Aaron!!!! Go Team Practical!!!!! :) :) :)

  • Jo

    Hip Hip HUZZAH!!!!

  • Noemi

    Yay yay Hooray! I am so excited for them and I know it will be a fantastic event for everyone involved. Now I just need a tote bag… I’m on pins and needles!

  • Hooray hooray hooray! I’m gonna need a handkerchief for this one… *sniff*

  • Congrats to two lovely couples and yay for that fab Austen quote – she was one wise lady.

  • Woot woot! Yay this makes me so happy. Congratulations to the two couples!

  • Yay yay yay!! What fantastic couples, so excited for all of you!!! I wish I could afford a trip to NY; alas, it’s not in the cards, but there will be some Team Practical members in Lincoln, NE, gathering in your honor in August. :)

  • Yay! (is that too on-the-nose?) Well, Yay anyway! So excited to meet the couples over the internet and can’t wait to meet them in person. Though everyone would have done 5 right, 2 done perfectly is just as good (maybe better!) Congrats to the happy couples!

  • ::takes a deep breath::


    ::happy dance::

  • Zan

    As my people say: MAZEL TOV y Felicidades!


    • I love how diverse your people are. :)

      • Zan

        Me too, we like to keep it interesting around here.

  • Yea for Leanne & Anne and Cory & Aaron! Is it weird I feel like a friend of these two couples already. I’m finding myself invested in their weddings and I’ve never met them. The power of APW is incredi-mazing!

  • Jen M

    This made me cry a bit…I wish I could go :(

  • Hi APW! We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to be a part of this celebration! Anne and I can’t wait to meet Cory and Aaron, as well as the wonderful people who are putting this together for total strangers. We are so lucky to be part of such an amazing and supportive virtual community, and it will be even more awesome to feel that in person!!! XOXO Leanne (of THE Leanne & Anne)

    • ::hugs::

    • bec

      Yay!!! Congrats to all four of you!

  • Congratulations to both couples!!! I cannot wait to see all the awesome pictures from what’s sure to be a beautiful event.

  • Congratulations everybody! This is going to be so wonderful! Major props to all for love, courage, and sense of fun!

  • ElfPuddle


    I’m jealous of all y’all who get to meet our happy couples. I’ll be there in spirit, and I’ll be waiting to see the pics!

  • Erica

    Woot, woot! Congratulations!!

  • Can I just say how excited I am there is a MALE couple? I don’t think I’ve seen a gay male wedding grad post here to date (maybe I missed something in the archives…?) but I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

    I’ll be sending my well wishes from Texas :)

  • Yay! This is awesome–I’m so excited! Huge congratulations to both of the happy couples!

  • Bethie

    Congratulations to these two loving, beautiful couples!

    Lucky me – I live in NYC! I’m so there!

  • Amandover

    Woo-Hoo!! So excited for this! Congratulations, Leanne & Anne and Aaron & Cory!!

  • HURRAY!!!

    that is all.

  • Anon

    My fiancee and I started planning our wedding almost a year ago in a state where it was already legal, but have since been advised by our lawyers and lawyer friends that it’s better for us to be married in NY, where we live, first (for a few reasons). Like Leanne and Anne, we will also be getting married about a month before our big wedding. At first, I was a little sad that the moment our marriage became legal would not be shared with our loved ones, not because we didnt want it to be, because we felt that it was necessary to protect ourselves. Having thought about it more, I am so excited to be getting the best of both worlds – an elopement and a wedding ceremony in front of family and friends, and I am glad that we have the “problem” of being able to get legally married in more than one place.

    But more importantly, best wishes to Leanne and Anne, and Cory and Aaron!!!!

    • oh my gosh, we’ve been through the same thing. after the initial oh-my-god-we-won buzz wore off, we started to worry that our legal ceremony in NY would take away from the celebration with our family in PA. But, we’ve decided to keep it simple in NY, only invite our immediate family, and then share all of the wonderfulness with our guests in September. Anne’s so nice I’ll marry her twice!

      • Anon

        Absolutely! All of our planning conversations lately have gone as follows:

        Her: What do you think, should we do xyz?
        Me: Let’s do it! You only get married twice!

  • Olivia

    This website has great taste because Leanne & Annie are AMAZING!! congrats to all!

  • Kashia

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This makes my heart happy.

  • Congratulations to both lovely couples. We will all be there in spirit, sending love to make your evening glow a little brighter still. :)

    What a lovely quote too.

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  • KC

    How exciting! Congrats to the couples and I can’t wait to read all about the weddings!

  • FawMo

    I’m so excited I just “exactly”-d every comment!

    Yay! Yay! YAY for Leanne & Anne and Aaron & Cory!

  • Hurray!!! Congratulations to both of the lovely couples. :D

  • kc

    This made me weepy this morning. How I wish New York weren’t so far away.

  • Anne-Marie Becker

    This makes me happy!

  • Contessa

    Cheers and Cheers and Cheers!

    Everyone has (at least) some small bit of power in the world and I thank you Meg for using yours so well.

    • K

      A thousand exactlys to that! and congrats to the happy couples! Can’t wait to wave frenetically at you as if I know you already in NY!

  • FREAKING AMAZING. CONGRATS AND BEST WISHES! Now I’m sad I no longer live on the East Coast! But I can’t wait to see photos and read posts!

  • Cassandra

    Congratulations to both couples!

    (Also, love for Aaron’s shirt. I bought that shirt for the boy last year and giggle everytime I see someone wearing it.)

  • Carreg

    This is a lovely thing to see. I love that quote from Emma — says it all. Best wishes to the happy couples!

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