Real Wedding: Andrew & Michael
Andrew & Michael
Feburary 18, 2012
By Denise Oliveira
When Andrew and Michael held their civil union ceremony on February 18, 2012, they brought together a small group of close friends and family. “It was a nice group of people,” Andrew said, adding that they knew there was no way his entire family would fly from Hawaii to Chicago in the dead of winter. The two men met 27 years ago, when they both worked at the same medical school in the Chicago area. When Illinois legalized same-sex civil unions in 2010, Andrew and Michael decided they would do it.
The ceremony was held at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, in the Edgewater neighborhood where they live. They are both members of the church, and they know the Rector well. “When the Rector spoke about commitment and love in a relationship, that was my favorite part of the ceremony,” Andrew said. It was the third civil union he performed at the church, and it was very special to be a part of that, Andrew said. They kept things simple: no ushers, no wedding party, and the two men walked down the aisle together.
Five out of Andrew’s 12 siblings flew in for the occasion, brining beautiful lays for the grooms, made by a high school friend of Andrew’s, who now owns a flower shop in Hawaii. Although his parents couldn’t be there for the occasion, they were present through photos and good wishes presented by his siblings at the reception.
The thirty or so guests celebrated at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, a restaurant just off of Michigan Avenue. In a private room with an open bar and a classical guitarist to entertain them, the grooms treated their friends to some of their favorite dishes. The wedding cake was a simple, two-layer buttercream cake from a local bakery. “I suppose the whole thing was both very traditional, while being non-traditional.” Andrew concluded.
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About The Writer
Denise Oliveira is a journalist in love with love stories. She is the co-founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and believes that sharing personal stories is a powerful way to create and deepen relationships. She blogs for Huffington Post Weddings and can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter or Facebook.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.