We live in Dallas and have been together for 27 years. Andrews works at a local news station, and Richard is an independent contractor. We love their dogs, spending time fixing up our house, and spending time with friends.
We met at a New Years Eve party and 27 years later, we hosted one and made it our wedding.
Richard: Getting legally married was important! Years ago we paid a lawyer $2500.00 to cover us legally. All that is now done for the cost of a marriage license! Andrews: We waited for the SCOTUS ruling so we could get married in Dallas. It was important to us to have it in our adopted home town, but we wanted it to be legally recognized everywhere.
The only disappointment in planning our wedding is that the church we attend, in our neighbourhood, wouldn't perform our ceremony. The Dallas Bishop of the Episcopal church has decided not to follow the lead of the national church and won't allow gay weddings in Dallas Episcopal churches. We were upset, our wedding planner even contacted the Bishop directly to talk about the situation. In the end, we had our ceremony in a small conference room of the Westin, where we had booked our reception. We draped the whole room in white, added a stage, dressed up chairs, an aisle runner, candelabras...it was intimate and regal and simple beautiful. In the end, we wouldn't have had it any other way.
Andrews and Richard hosted their wedding weekend at the Westin Galleria in Dallas. The Galleria was the perfect location and the Westin was wonderful about accommodations and working with their group over the course of the extended holiday weekend. They hosted their rehearsal dinner next-door at the Grand Lux Cafe.
After the couple finalized their union with a traditional Christian prayer book ceremony, they enjoyed their reception with a more modern celebration. Foregoing some traditions (like bouquet tossing) the couple relished in the festivities with their guests as they rang in the New Year and their new chapter., while absorbing the magnitude of special moments.
Both grooms (as they referred to themselves throughout the day) had a ‘Matron of Honor’, their two best girlfriends. One of Richard’s 5 brothers was the Best Man. And Andrews girlfriend walked with her daughter - the twenty-something ‘Flower Girl.’
The planning process was amazing but had it’s hiccups, such as when they got a little desperate for a ceremony venue. Overall, it was a very smooth process, given that they only gave themselves six months to plan. The fabulous wedding planner was instrumental in making the process smooth and enjoyable.
We highly recommend using a planner (our planner especially) to any gay or straight couple planning a wedding for more than 25 people. We had no idea how much work was actually involved...and our wedding planner, Christy Matthews, did 99% of it! You don't know what you don't know!