Monica’s favorite part of the wedding? “Seeing our friends and family overcome the very unexpected adversity of cold (or cool weather) in a place that is known to be hot (and was 100 degrees the weekend before). Everyone just allowed the cold to add to the charm. We have pictures of people in their sweatshirts over their formal wear—there was no way to keep that wonderful crowd down!” As for Claire, her favorite part was the funfetti cake. “And having all of our friends and family in one place for an entire weekend of festivities,” she added.
They were married by a friend, and the ceremony featured readings by loved ones, including two poems, a political piece, and a reading from the Velveteen Rabbit. They also had a “laying of hands” ceremony that was a wonderful way to include the love and support of their family and friends. “It was like being wrapped in a community hug committing to honor and support us as well as us committing to honor and support each other,” Monica explained.