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45 Things I Learned On Washington's First Day With Gay Marriage

A culmination of everything that happened in Seattle on Sunday. Onward to Maryland and Maine!

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2. The best way to hide your tears at a wedding is to take pictures with your camera.

Of course I was a mess after seeing stuff like this all day. I found the best way to hide my tears was with my camera.


4. The pen tester was pretty important too...

There was a woman who had to make sure all the pens were properly working. The pens were needed to fill out all of the contracts before the ceremony.

5. Probably the most touching thing that you could tell your spouse is, "I just love being with you. Always."

That's what the guy in blue told his husband. And that's when I lost it. Also, look at the officiant's face.

6. If you show up to a place holding mass weddings and you aren't on the list... chances are you'll probably get in.

Everyone on the standby to be married list got in. The weddings were actually perfectly on schedule. That NEVER happens nowadays.


11. Being part of the wedding party is serious business.

Just about every couple had a wedding party. One of the most important tasks as a part of the wedding party was flowers, and as you can see, this lady took her job seriously.


22. The third best part was watching the couples have their own little moments at the reception.

This isn't actually a couple that got married on Sunday. It's a prominent Washington lawmaker and his boyfriend. They're getting married this summer. They met while hiking Mount Rainer (typical Washington) 22 years ago.

24. Putting on the ring is the most awkward part of a wedding.

Because whenever in your life have you put a ring on someone else's finger? The ring moment always made the couples laugh.

26. The best way to hand out flowers is with a giant top hat.

Because who doesn't love a giant hat?

Anyways, this is the "Flower Brigade." They got together before the wedding to get flowers for the couples. They were also the best.

27. No one really has a wedding song any more.

I wanted to find out if couples had a wedding song or just a song together. Out of about 20 couples, I could only find one that did. This couple's song is "My Best Friend" by Queen.

28. But some people make up and create their own songs. These two women sing a song whenever they need to find parking in Seattle.

View this video on YouTube

Pretty amazing. FYI, Mr. Cramer is the guy in charge of parking in Seattle.

32. KISS!

If you're walking into a big cheering crowd after you just got married, then a kiss will drive us wild. There was always someone cheering "kiss, kiss, kiss!" after the couples would walk down into the crowd.

36. One cake ball is enough.

I absolutely love cake balls, but if you have more than one you'll probably start to feel sick. At the reception they had this awesome baked goods station that were constantly replenished. It was nearly impossible to control myself (I adore baked goods. See #30).

All photos by me, Matt Stopera.

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