White House Rainbow

Marriage Equality Comes to America

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It’s finally happened  The day has finally arrived.  I called out of work.  There’s no way I could work right now.

I’m too happy.  I’m too ecstatic.  I’m too close to tears of joy, there’s too much relief flooding my body and my veins.

I’m marrying the woman of my dreams in three months.  Any kids that we have, because of today’s ruling, will know an easier time growing up in America with two Moms.  This ruling affects me on such a huge level.  Wherever I am, in this country, my partner will be recognized as my wife.

What a beautiful day.  I think I’ll be on the verge of tears all day.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so intensely.

Santorini

My Love and I Booked Our Honeymoon In The Greek Island of Santorini

You read that right, my friends.  My partner and I booked our honeymoon on the Greek/Cyclade island of Santorini.  Santorini has been my #1 wanderlust destination ever since I saw the movie The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants.

We booked our honeymoon at an all inclusive resort on the southeast coast.  All inclusive resorts are our favorite way to travel.  Our resort is a very short walk away from Kamari beach and the village of Kamari.  The site of Ancient Thira also lies somewhat near to our resort.

We’re so excited.  This will be the first trip to Europe for us both.  A few years ago we didn’t have enough money to have the wedding we wanted, and now we’re able to afford a wedding and the honeymoon of our dreams.

I can’t wait for this trip.  I can’t wait to be in Greece with her.

My heart is yearning and craving for the experience.  Just simply having the honeymoon booked makes me feel more free than I’ve felt in years.

QAF

The D.C. Pride Parade, 2015

The D.C. pride parade was so much fun this year.  My wife-to-be and I went with a group of friends, and the day was a blast from start to finish.

Pride ParadeThe military marched second to the dykes on bikes opening the parade which can I please say, is one of my favorite parts of the parade?  I didn’t get any photos of the dykes on bikes because I was too busy taking a video of the event!
IMG_5950  The boy scouts marched behind the military, which made me tear up a bit.  Honest truth.
IMG_5951 IMG_5963  This is Daniel Franzese, the actor who plays Daymion in the movie “Mean Girls”.
IMG_5953 IMG_5954 IMG_5955 IMG_5962   This is Hal Sparks, who plays Michael in the t.v. show Queer As FolkIMG_5959 pride paradeSigns like these last two brought me to tears.  The biggest tear-jerker is when recently escaped, as they put it, citizens of Russia marched openly and proudly for the first time.

 My partner, friends, and I all had a great time at the parade.  We started the day off with bottomless mimosas and brunch, and ended it with dinner and a pride after party.

 I’ve enjoyed D.C. pride many years before now, but this will be my last one as an unmarried woman! I can’t wait to return to a future D.C. Pride with my wife on my arm!

Mehandi

My Family Is Throwing Us A Mehndi Ceremony For Our Wedding

I got a really exciting phone call from my Mother Sunday night, one that is still surprising me and filling me with joy.

My Mother, Uncle, and Aunt are offering to throw my partner A and I a mehndi ceremony for our wedding!  In the Indian culture, this ceremony usually takes place right before the wedding, but we’re going to be doing it a bit differently.  Hell…our whole wedding is a bit untraditional.  ;)

What’s so touching is that they’re inviting our bridesmaids and flower girls to join us.  They invited my partner’s immediate family members as well, which is groundbreaking in so many ways.  Many cultures don’t believe in or view same-sex marriages and unions in a positive light, and the Indian culture is one of them.

This will be a brand new experience for all six of our bridesmaids! Many of them love Indian food and various aspects of  Indian culture that they know, but they’ve never participated in anything like this before.  I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with them, as well as my nieces, aunts, cousins, and other close family members.

rose_mhendiI’ve wanted a traditional American wedding since I was ten years old, and that’s exactly what we’re having.  However, I’ve felt a bit strange and sad about not having any of our Indian culture integrated in our wedding….and now that’s no longer the case!

My partner is really excited about this, and touched by it as well.  She says that her and I aren’t a traditional couple, and that we come from different backgrounds.  She’s happy that we’re able to celebrate both our roots in this marriage, and that we’re able to happily bring our families together.

Baconfest

America Loves Bacon Festical, Chopped, and Precipices.

This past weekend we went to the America Loves Bacon Festival with our close friends, K, N, and A.  We all received vendor tokens with our ticket admission, so we tried all kinds of different bacon, and drank beer, and tried each others’ bacon.  We got more beer, and watched a few bands, and watched a bacon eating contest.

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We escaped the heat for a chill pub, and we sat outside in shade eating fried pickles and hummus, and ordering more drinks.

We decided that we needed to recreate an episode of the TV show Chopped for dinner.

We headed to a grocery store, and A, N, and I bought all the ingredients.  Some basics, and then some out there wildcards.  Chicken breast, asparagus,  cheese, goat cheese, maraschino cherries, and butterscotch.  We hid the ingredients from A and K, and then unveiled them in the kitchen right before they started cooking.

Both dishes came out great, and it was great fun for all of us.  We sat around their table after dinner and played Phase 10, and drank more, and laughed.  Their cats, and dogs, and puppy kept us company.

Our wedding invitations went out in the mail yesterday.  The wedding will take place four months from today.

It’s all coming.  My life’s coming.  I’m standing right at the precipice of a great mountain, about to jump right into act II of my life.

Marriage License

We Got Our Marriage License Today

We got our marriage license today, and it was such a good day for it.  It was hot, and sunny, and the mood of the day felt light and happy.

Things have been going amazingly.  We are looking at the possibility of going to Greece for our honeymoon, and we are beyond thrilled at the possibility.  I was really interested in going to Santorini at first, but now we’re researching Crete a bit more.

I’m giving notice to our rental office tomorrow.  Our wedding invitations should arrive in the mail to us tomorrow as well.  Our parents met for the first time Sunday night, and that went great as well!

All the dominos are falling now.  We’re getting closer to the big bang.

Four months till the wedding next Tuesday.  We’ve got our marriage license now, so we are one step closer!

NoH8

NOH8 Photo Shoot & Wedding Invitations

Today my partner and I were the first in line at the NOH8 photo shoot.  We had a blast, and we, of course, took a lot of selfies.  Our official NOH8 photos will be emailed to us in eight weeks, which will reach us a few months before our wedding! Here are the ones we took ourselves before my iPhone six plus screen smashed into a million pieces.

After the NOH8 photo shoot we headed to our very last Maybe Baby class, in which they had a guest panel of same-sex mothers come in and talk to us about their families.  One couple brought in their interracially adopted twins, and they were just adorable! It was really great to sit down and listen to moms in same-sex marriages talk to us about their trials and tribulations.

We did our wedding invitations yesterday, and may I just complain about how tedious that was? My goodness gracious, typing all of those addresses was not enjoyable.  But our invites have been purchased, they are on their way to us, and they are gorgeous! We’re both pleased with what we’ve chosen.

I’ll close this post with a few more pictures from this weekend.  It was great, but exhausting, and I’m quite ready for dinner, tonight’s new episode of Game of Thrones, and then bed!