I am proud to have taken my wife's name for both romantic and political reasons. Personally, this whole gay marriage thing has been a lovely surprise in every way; marriage is about unity. If you aren't willing to merge your names, are you really ready to merge entire lives?
This week I talked with my new wife, Marilyn Rosen, a symphony booking agent, about our recent marriage, which took place at Scullers Jazz Club before an intimate gathering of 80 friends and family members.
I've spent a lot of time speaking to people in the wedding industry about same-sex weddings, and I've noticed that a lot of people have misconceptions about what really goes on at these fabulous celebrations.
Pants have become more acceptable as a choice -- for lesbian and straight brides alike -- and this year's runway options demonstrated more willingness to embrace a diverse expression of style and orientation outside of the customary gown and bride-groom pairing
By and large, same-sex couples are quite nontraditional in their wedding planning. Of course, this should not surprise anyone. The LGBT community does not come from a tradition of marriage, which allows us to write our own rules for celebrations.
There's so much to be said about the road leading up to your aunts and your moms getting married in the same weekend, from pretending your mom was straight so that you could get through seventh grade to coming out yourself to a tribe of first-generation lesbians.
The most telling bit of it all is that thing that can't be put into words. It's the thing that happens when they look at each other: countless unexplainable emotions expressed within one electric connection of the eyes.
Same-sex marriage is here to stay, so I sat down with Ms. Chris Weber, who has 25 years of experience as a wedding planner, to talk about the biggest mistakes that people make in planning their weddings.
I chose Weddings Unveiled because I'm not trying to advertise to "the gay community." I'm advertising to couples who are getting married. This couple didn't get "gay married." They didn't have a "gay wedding." They got married.
I have a 40-pound ivory tulle ball gown hanging in my dressing room waiting to be cleaned and preserved. My dining room looks like a Crate & Barrel outlet, with gift boxes stacked in every corner. If you didn't know better, you'd think I just got married.
In 2005 I photographed my first same-sex couple's wedding and realized that although I had plenty of professional experience to lean on, in many respects I felt like a beginner. Flash-forward to today, and I've learned a lot, and I wanted to share my experience with other photographers.
When my fiancée and I decided to tie the knot, we promised that we wouldn't stress about planning our special day. We were smart. We wouldn't succumb to the dumb world of creating wars for months on end around an ephemeral four-hour affair. Then it happened.
You know that moment we all look forward to at a wedding when the bride comes down the aisle and, for the first time, we get to see that beautiful white dress? Well, it's even more magical when there are two white dresses.