About a week after same sex marriage was made legal in Pennsylvania, my phone rang. Steven and his partner David (and by the way, can we officially stop using the term “partner” now?) had just gotten married in New York in early March, and wanted to have a reception celebration in Philly. After laughing at the irony that they had to leave the state to be married only a few weeks before it was made legal in their home state, Steven told me the venue for the event was The National Constitution Center. I was speechless. Not only was this the first of BWR’s same sex wedding celebrations, but to be celebrating at a venue dedicated to the history of our country, 2 weeks after Pennsylvania made such a union possible, was an absolute dream come true.
It was an elegant event, filled with family and friends and a joy that was palpable. I left feeling remarkably proud of our state, and our country and the strides that we’ve made on our journey of marriage equality. A few days after the event Steven emailed me that he had just discovered that he and David were the first same sex wedding celebration at the National Constitution Center since the historic reversal on the ban of same sex marriages in Pennsylvania was declared unconstitutional. I couldn’t be any more humbled and proud to have been a part of it. Thank you, gentlemen for allowing us to capture your historic celebration!