Aaron & Cory’s Yay New York! Wedding

* Aaron (web developer) & Cory (programmer) * Photographer: Fedorov Foto * Soundtrack for reading: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, on strings * A Yay New York wedding *

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What happened: After our wedding in New York, it is hard to believe that we could ever plan a wedding on our own. From the photography to the wedding cake to the crazy dance party, it’s hard to imagine how we could have pulled it all off. People we had never met until arriving in New York went out of their way, volunteering their time and effort, in order to make our wedding the best it could ever be. We’re extremely fortunate to have a supportive family and lots of volunteers that seemed to be just as excited as we were to be tying the knot. Our officiant was very helpful, communicative and supportive, making sure we were comfortable with the ceremony. The entire time, Elizabeth and Meg were making sure everyone, including our family, was as happy as possible.

Later that evening we arrived to the Yay New York party and soon realized that my brother had donated a beautiful ice sculpture for the party. Shortly after we got there, readers of A Practical Wedding began to arrive and congratulate us. This was a little surreal, but very encouraging as the night went on. Here we had total strangers who were so excited that we could publicly recognize our love for each other. As the night went on and many glasses of delicious Monogamy Wine later, we danced, went into the photobooth multiple times and busted open the pinata filled with glitter.  It didn’t quite sink in until we got back home to Chicago and opened up all the congratulations cards from all the readers, sobbing as we read each one aloud to each other.

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who made our wedding such a success. You’ll all be part of our lives for many years to come.

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  • :)
    I love the picture where you are changing your status to married :D

  • ellobie in Chicago

    Congrats, Aaron & Cory! We heart you even if we haven’t met you. Thanks for sharing your wedding!

  • listened to the song at the same time and I’m crying and smiling all over the place congratulations!

    • Me too! I’ve never actually cried because of a post on here–like full on tears. But the music coupled with the act of what’s happening–what happened–what Meg and crew and the voters of NY made happen–that is so worth the tears.

      That song, on strings, is beyond fitting for those moments. And it will never be the same song to me again.

  • Congratulations Aaron and Cory! It looks like this was such a beautiful day, and I wish lots of beautiful days for you in your future together. Also, majorly digging the red hair.

  • Anonymous in Chicago

    When I read that you’re from Chicago, it made me really sad that you couldn’t have this amazing wedding here, because it wouldn’t have been legal. But hopefully someday, others can.

  • ElfPuddle

    And thank you, I needed the beauty and love and awesome I see in your pictures. Thanks for sharing with me.

  • Beautiful! I’m all teary eyed and so happy for you guys. Wish I could have supported in person, but I’m so glad the APW community was there for you. Congratulations!!!

  • Gorgeous photos of what I know was such a lovely day. Wishing you both all of the best!!!

  • Congrats Aaron & Cory! I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness and good fortune. I totally cried looking at these photos and I didn’t even listen to the music! Y’all are beautiful and I am so sad I wasn’t able to make it down to support Yay New York! in person.

  • BEAUTIFUL. That photo of your dad(?) facetiming in gets me EVERY TIME.

    So happy for both of you! Thanks so much for letting us share in your joy.

    • That was my dad via facetime. He couldn’t make it to the wedding at the last minute so he suggested we use face time for him to attend.

  • Congratulations, Cory & Aaron! Beautiful, beautiful wedding day.

  • love, love, love! The photo with the iPhone changing the relationship status to married is too adorable. Congratulations, Aaron and Cory!

  • Class of 1980

    Congratulations to Aaron and Cory!

    Meg, what a beautiful photo of you sitting.

  • Congrats! I wish you both all the best, most sweet things you could ever imagine!

  • Aww, thanks everyone! I was told the wedding wasn’t official until we changed our Facebook status, so we did it right there after we signed the marriage license. Right as I did it, Meg and Elizabeth snapped their fingers and suddenly cameras swarmed me to capture pictures of the moment.

    @Annie thank you! I love my red hair as much as Cory does :)

    @Anonymous in Chicago We’re legal in Illinois, we just can’t call it “Marriage” here. I’m not terribly fond of the words “Civil Union” either, which seems to be a cheap cop-out to marriage equality. This is also why I’m glad we did this in New York, we can call it Marriage there and feel like any other couple proclaiming their love for one another. Some day we’ll be able to travel to any state and still have our rights. Until then we’ll keep calling each other “Husband” regardless of where we are! ;)

  • april

    Congratulations, darlings! The photos, the emotion, the words… just made my heart swell and tears bubble up. So, so, SO happy for the two of you. Sending you love and hugs from San Diego and best wishes for a beautiful life together. MARRIED!!!!!! *squeeeee!*

  • You and your families look so happy. Thank you so much for sharing your special day with all of us. Yeah for you two and Yeah NY!

    P.S. Meg? That picture of you up at the top is gorgeous.

  • I said this to Meg on Twitter earlier today, but reading about the two of you crying while reading everyone’s cards finally broke the dam and made me break down and cry (as opposed to tearing up, which I’ve been doing since last Thursday.) I remain so honored to have been able to be a part of your wedding. Congratulations again, and don’t forget to stay in touch!

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  • Christina

    Beautiful! I wish I could have been there.

  • Carolyn Wanatee

    Not often you see black chairs at a wedding, very elegant.