Update: August 2013, Minnesota recognizes its first gay marriages and I can't help but think of Patrick and Scott who so bravely and gracefully led the way two years ago. Marriage equality felt inevitable but also so far off in the distance - but now it's here! Thank you to this amazing couple for sharing their love and showing us how beautiful the future could be!
Marriage equality is something that I'm passionate about and so I couldn't have been more thrilled when Patrick and Scott asked me to film their wedding day. When thinking about what to write here, maybe a political statement, a witty argument, and so on, I quickly realized that nothing I could say comes close to what is communicated through watching Patrick and Scott get married while surrounded by the love and support of their friends and family. Their day was absolutely stunning and every detail was packed with signifigance and meaning, right down to the wedding cake wrapped in vintage postage stamps in honor of Patricks Grandfather who was an avid collector. The Loring Pasta Bar and The Varsity couldn't have been more beautiful and ran more smoothly thanks to the amazing Todd and his wonderful team. It was truly a day I'll never forget and I was so honored to have captured it. Elizabeth couldn't have put it more eloquently during the ceremony, "When our law lags behind, people continue to live their truth and create their own version of a family, and this is what Patrick and Scott are deciding to do today." In lieu of wedding gifts they asked guests to contact their members of congress in support of repealing the defense of marriage act - and if you could do the same that would be amazing. contactingthecongress.org/
UPDATE: When Scott and Patrick saw their film for the first time they said they wanted the whole world to see it - so it was sent out to friends, tweeted, and posted on Facebook. It then got picked up by some prominent blogs and sites and within the first week it was over 8K views in 97 countries. The response has been overwhelming and positive. Often times gay marriage and homosexuality in general can become just an issue, talking point or simple debate, but Patrick and Scott give it a face and it beautifully becomes so much more. Please continue to share this video with friends and family and celebrate the love and commitment of this amazing couple!
To purchase the songs used in this video:
Love who you love - Rascal Flatts itun.es/iB86T5
Lights - Ellie Goulding itun.es/iB86TW
Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga live on Howard Stern youtube.com/watch?v=F_GMgkcc2KM
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga itun.es/iB86Tc