A Bright Bi-Coastal Multi-Cultural Wedding in a Converted Factory

Avocado fries, sliders, fried mac ’n’ cheese balls, and tons of laughter


Leslie, Management consultant, nonprofits and philanthropy & Desiree, Director, philanthropy

ONE SENTENCE SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: Two big bi-coastal families come together in a big old factory for a meaningful, casual, laughter-filled ceremony and dance party. With avocado fries.

SOUNDTRACK FOR READING: Tegan and Sara, “Love They Say”

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We can’t say enough how much it meant to see our most treasured family and friends grinning at us while we stood to say our vows. We threw the wedding to honor our families and the creation of our own family, and they made it special and meaningful beyond our expectations. Oh, and the fried mac ’n’ cheese balls.


Leslie hung the yellow fabric in the ceremony room with the help of Basilica Hudson staff and a cherry-picker. Desiree could care less about her dress and doubled-down on the amazing shoes. This was the first gay wedding for two (really three) families, from two different cultures, from two different coasts… and the combination was unforgettable. There was spontaneous applause when the grandparents started walking down the aisle, and it became a standing ovation by the time the brides entered. We had no wedding party, and did not regret it for a second. We did have sliders for dinner, and congratulated ourselves on that decision all night. We’ve heard from guests that “You both were so happy that it was contagious.” We thought more than once about not doing it, and now are grateful daily that we did.


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