Liveblogging Yay New York!

All Photos by Emily Takes Photos

6:00 PM, New York City

This is the last update for the day, since I plan to actually *party* tonight. So you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to get a teaser on the party, and next week for a full run down. But now, the final wedding of the day.

Somehow, within thirty minutes of the boys leaving, we were having another wedding. How that small miracle happened, I have no idea. But Leanne and Anne walked down the aisle, and Genevieve lead a totally different ceremony.

This ceremony was focused on the civil and legal nature of what was happening, because Leanne and Anne are having their big wedding in exactly a month.

When Genevieve read from Goodrich vs Department of Public Health, the entire back row of staff lost it. Later, Anne’s Grandmother, Super Mom-Mom, said, “All the ladies were crying!” And boy were we.

And can we talk about that Confetti System Piñata that they married under? We’re breaking it later tonight, but it’s so lovely as is.

They signed the legal marriage license as part of the ceremony…

And Anne’s Mom rang bells in celebration.

This time, String Theory Trio played for them, and after another “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”so recessional, that song may make everyone on staff today cry for the rest of time. I kept saying that somewhere, Judy Garland was looking down smiling.

Then it finally stopped raining, and the couple dashed out to the terrace.

calin + bisous photo, their official wedding photographer, ran around being adorable and everyone’s new favorite person.

And finally, we revealed the surprise inside Maddie’s cake. The girls gasped. What else can you ask for?

It might be impossible for a single human to go through this more than twice in a day. The sun just broke through the clouds, the documentary film maker came to the backstage area and played Elizabeth and me a film clip of Leanne and Anne thanking us for doing this for “two perfect strangers” as the string trio played “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and I went into the kitchen and snapped. I just started sobbing and sobbing.

It’s been a great day. A long day. If a lifetime is made of moments, today was all moments. And somehow or other, we still have a  long night of dancing and celebrating ahead of us…

We’ll tell you how that went tomorrow.

3:15 PM, New York City

After massive rain delays….

Cory and Aaron are, by the authority of the State of New York, legally married.

I was one of the lucky ones, who witnessed the declaration of true love. (You can see Alex of Federov Foto, their official wedding photographer, playing ninja in the background).

Genevieve made them laugh during the vows.

They kissed. As they walked back down the aisle to a single cello playing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” I cried.


They signed their legal marriage license (thank you New York State Legislature).

And one of their dad’s watched the whole ceremony and marriage license signing via iPhone.

I wept. I cheered. I felt like I was given such an honor and a blessing, to be able to help facilitate an event like this, and to be allowed to witness Aaron and Cory’s union. Next week we’ll have a full re-cap of what happened, and Aaron and Cory will be back as wedding graduates, but for now I have to go, because we have another wedding in the next thirty minutes.


1:58 pm, New York City

After massive rain delays, Cory & Aaron are waiting to walk down the aisle, and a cello is playing….


12:45 pm, New York City

This update is going to be quick, because as I type this, Cory & Aaron are being interviewed by the documentary filmmaker about getting engaged, and their emotions surrounding today, and being able to get legally married. The wedding ceremony is starting in only a few minutes. So I’m going to let Emily‘s pictures do most of the talking:

Here is Elizabeth with the flowers. If Elizabeth and I can make a wedding full of flowers with $23 of bodega blooms and thirty minutes, anyone can do it.

Here is Kari of The Handmade Event with piles of gift bag magic for the couple. She’s been slaving away making them gifts to make them feel special and cared for by the whole community.

Genevive from Cheerleader For Love is getting ready for the ceremony, which is suddenly indoors, thanks to the pouring rain. Someone on Twitter just told us that a wet knot is stronger than a dry one, so that’s what we’re telling the couples. Jenny’s background is religious studies, she’s a long time APW reader, and she’s all about young, feminist, egalitarian weddings. How perfect. Plus, when we found out people were running late, she said, “They’re going to get married. That’s what matters.” And she’s right.

But what’s really important to me is hearing Cory & Aaron talk about how important it is to be legally married, and how important it is to make this change happen, in everyone’s hearts and minds, all over the country.

And now I have to go get dressed. I have a wedding to attend.


11:25 am, New York City

We’re about an hour and a half out from wedding guests arriving (eek!) and the space is a quiet buzz of activity. Leah and Mark (without Leah but +Raven) are quietly setting up the photobooth and cracking jokes. +Raven says she’s the brains of the operation today. Mark didn’t argue.

And are you even surprised that the photobooth is sparkly? Yeah, of course you’re not.

Yay New York

We just got our first look at the hand screen printed posters designed by And Kathleen, and you guys…. you guys. Whoa. Here is a sneak peek:

Yay New York

Representatives of the whole APW community are here, with Lauren of Suburbalicious Living helping. Lauren and I got married the same day, and we’ve been friends since the very beginning of APW, so it makes me get teary thinking that she took time off work and came in from Boston, just to be here.

Yay New York

And then there are the limited edition tote bags (sparkly! with the event information!) which are rocking my world. The posters and totes were printed by Yes Press in Oakland, who were super kind and basically took a loss on printing them for us. We love them. Make them print you stuff.

Yay New York

I’m so happy to be here, working my ass off with an amazing team of generous people, making two couples very happy. Gloomy New York summer rain be damned.

Yay New York


11:00 am, New York City

Pictures soon, but I’m prepping flowers in 320 Studio’s kitchen, and the whiteboard with dates lists APW, MTV, the Governor of Japan, and Victoria Beckham. Rad.

9:00 am, New York City

If I were really live blogging this moment, I’d be telling you that Emily and I had just woken up (we were up working till 1am) and were getting dressed, but that’s not super compelling. So why don’t I tell you about the wedding flowers.

I’m not going to show you the flowers in full, because somewhere Leanne & Anne and Cory & Aaron are waking up and checking APW, and I’m not giving away all the secrets of the day. But I will tell you that we made the lovely things with $23 worth of bodega flowers (yes, tutorial coming soon). And bodega flowers do not play. They live for 10,000 years, so these flowers will be hanging around at Christmas time. (Dear Leanne, we’re giving you a bouquet that you can use at your big wedding next month.)

And now, it’s time for us to get dressed and walk to the event space…. more soon.


7:30am New York City

As this post goes live, the whole team is (I hope) snug in our beds, getting a few more minutes of sleep. Yesterday was a long crazy day of work, and today is going to be even longer (but more awesome).

After a long adventure involving freight elevator men, a visit to Preston Bailey’s reception area to see what it was like (we were in the building, so why not? It ended up being a locked door), and help from the staff at a prop house… After all that we picked up Confetti System Piñatas. And they are gorgeous! (And clearly huger than I am).

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (or 320 Studios) Maddie of Hart + Sol was icing cakes. Why was a photographer icing cakes, you ask? Well, because she couldn’t be at the event, so she spent the last week sobbing with stress over two wedding cakes, because she wanted to do *something* for the couples. She is the mother effing boss. Also, fun fact, she wears her hair in a spike just because she can.

And then there is Elizabeth of Lowe House Creative. Elizabeth had the idea that grew into this event. Elizabeth has spent thirty hours a week for the last seven weeks, on top of her regular job, putting together these weddings and this fundraiser. What was Elizabeth doing? She was ironing table cloths. Because that’s how she rolls.

And then there is Emily of Emily Takes Photos, who has only been to New York once before, who split her time between marveling at the city (she told me not to curse in front of children on the street, adorable thing that she is), and taking these photos. I don’t have a picture of her, because she’s behind the lens.

And that’s just a fraction of the team and the work going on here… I’ll be updating you throughout the day with what’s happening, and who’s making it happen, so stay tuned.

Pictures: Emily Takes Photos

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