Central Park, NYC Elopement: Michael & Lynn
Nov. 25, 2015
To understand Michael and Lynn’s proposal, you have to understand a little bit about each of them… Michael is the kind of guy who thinks flash mobs and large dramatic gestures are always a good choice, and is a firm believer in symbols and synergy. Lynn on the other hand humors Michael’s symbols and shudders at the thought of public attention. He is much more understated and quiet.
Michael began planning the proposal in late fall 2014 and it took place in London while they were on vacation in January 2015, on the last afternoon of their stay. He contacted The London Times and secured a “forthcoming marriages” announcement to be published on Jan. 23; the day he would propose. He scheduled high tea at 4 p.m. because the proposal would always be this number sequence 1234 (Jan. 23 at 4:00). The restaurant was in on the plan and had a perfect table in front of the roaring fire ready for them.
The grooms always wanted a small ceremony with family and close friends, immediately followed by a party to celebrate. They began planning a wedding in the spring of 2015, before marriage equality was legal in their home state, and it wasn’t easy. Michael’s best friend is a Methodist minister, but couldn’t perform the ceremony. They had a rabbi friend who would be able, but they aren’t Jewish. They chose a venue, band and caterer but had bad experiences with nearly all of them. Frustrated, they decided to elope.
They returned home to Indianapolis and hosted a pre-planned “thanksgiving” dinner for their families, previously touted as an opportunity to meet before the “big day” planned for April 30, 2016. Their marriage was announced in the New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 29.