If I thought a burlesque wedding was a little out of the ordinary, then a surprise wedding was a piece of cake.
It was ostensibly a 50th birthday party for one of the grooms to be as the guests weren't told that they were about to attend a wedding. My friend Devin who is a wedding planner in Fort Lauderdale knew the guys and set this up. I was to pretend to be a party guest and reveal myself to be a licensed officiant at some point during the party.
It went something like this:
Crowd sings Happy Birthday to Rob
Rob: thank you all so much - I'm glad to be here with the love of my life, John, whom I've been with for 15 years...
Rob: and I'd like to take the opportunity while you're all here to ask him to marry me!
John: now if only we were able to get married here and now with everyone already here, that would be really great!
Crowd: (nervous chuckling)
Me: Excuse me! I'm a licensed officiant in New York state and I can marry you!
Crowd: (collective laughter and rolling eyes as they all realize they've been played)
Of course it was a year and a half ago and I'm paraphrasing, but you get the jist. The shot above is from photographer Steve Rosen whom I met at a wedding vendor fair sometime in 2014. He's openly gay and loves to take photos at same sex weddings - so if you need someone to shoot your wedding, I highly recommend Steve!