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Autumn Park, Colorado Wedding: Martin & Chuck

MKM Photography

June 3, 2016

Chuck and Martin met through a mutual friend. The friend wanted to go out with Chuck, but when Chuck wasn’t interested, he would call Martin to cry on his shoulder. When they finally met, Chuck and Martin hit it off immediately.

Martin proposed to Chuck in a small restaurant in Appleton, Wisconsin. Chuck was there temporarily taking care of his 90-year-old mother. Martin and their niece, Val, flew there to visit, and while they were at dinner, Martin presented a ring to Chuck, who of course said, “yes.” It was Valentine’s Day, and a woman at a nearby table who received a dozen roses from her husband gave them two of her roses. It was a very sweet gesture.

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MKM Photography

Chuck and Martin live in a neighborhood that has small parks, one of which is across the street from their house. It has a pergola at the end with a gorgeous view of the Front Range. The pergola is a place where they reflect on how lucky they are to have so much, including each other. They loved the idea of getting married there, outside and with a beautiful view.

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MKM Photography

They hired a planner and ultimately were glad they did. They married on a Wednesday at the pergola with their nieces and nephews as witnesses then had the actual celebration on Friday. Everyone told them how smart they were to have the actual wedding and the celebration on two separate days. They had found that traditional marriages try to fit too much into one day.

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MKM Photography

Chuck and Martin asked their nieces and nephews to witness for them because they stood up for them against some family negativity they experienced surrounding the gay wedding. Seeing the smiles and tears of happiness on their faces made everything worth it for them.

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MKM Photography
MKM Photography

Their advice for other couples, especially those who face negativity, is to “Focus on the love from the ones who truly care, and remember that it’s your day, not anyone else’s. Keep in mind that heterosexuals can also experience negativity due to religious, class or racial differences. Find out through the experience who you are meant to truly love in return.”

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: MKM Photography // Equipment Rentals: Denver Premier Event Rentals and Butler Rents // Other Location: Autumn Park // Caterer: Biscuits & Berries // PR Rep: Delegate & Elevate // Bakery: Escio // Floral Designer: Poppy & Pine // Event Planner: The Simply Elegant Group

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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