A Big Gay Colorado Wedding
Tell us your love story!
We met one night randomly while out and dancing with friends. I was actually in a pretty bad mood because my best friend had ditched me and texted that he found a really hot guy to dance with – turns out that was Michael! I ran into my friend again eventually in the crowd and we got introduced. It was a bit of a mess for a while because Michael and I ended up hitting it off and began dating soon after.
What about the proposal?
We were getting lunch in downtown Chicago one morning and decided to drop into a store that had some really cool jewelry – pretty soon we were looking at rings and it just kind of came up organically. Not long after, the marriage equality act was passed by the supreme court and we both felt that it was a sign that we shouldn’t wait and to move forward in life together as a married couple.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
For me, it was when he took me out to an arcade bar and completely blew me away with his insane Galaga and Ms. Pacman skills. Being a complete nerd, this really impressed me (embarrassing as that is to admit). For Michael, it was on our first vacation together when we went to southern Utah (Zion National Park). We couldn’t actually visit the National Park because of the government shutdown at the time, so we did everything else we could including biking, hiking, etc.. and we really got to see each other in a different element. It was very intimate and romantic.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We didn’t really know too much! Living in Chicago, our friends would tell us how expensive the venues were there and having looked into a few it seemed just as expensive as a destination wedding. So we figured, why not go somewhere truly spectacular geographically like how our first vacation together was? That turned out to be Vail, Colorado for us.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
The easiest part is finding the location and the venue by far. That’s the fun stuff! The most difficult part is creating the guest list and all the uncomfortable situations arise with friends and family, especially for a destination wedding. The guilt for not inviting someone, the awkwardness of someone coming you’re not really that close to, etc…
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
I think we would just tell ourselves to go with the flow a bit more during the actual wedding day. We were so stressed out before our ceremony because the lift stopped running half an hour before we were supposed to start due to a storm on top of the mountain. In the end it all turned out okay and we would have gotten some great footage had it rained or shined! Whatever that day throws at you – go with it! Sometimes unscripted events on your wedding day end up being the most memorable.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Definitely involve both yourself and your fiancé equally in the process. You should both feel like you have an equal part in crafting the perfect day for you as a couple, as it is about both of you from here on out!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
I’m not sure you can pick one favorite part honestly. It is magic from beginning to end. Specifically, when you see your family come together from both sides and share their hearts in front of all those closest to you in life it is just an unbelievable moment – very rare and very important to be a part of.