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First Wedding of 2016 in Times Square: Michael & Alexander

Sarah Zimmer Photography

January 1, 2016

Michael and Alexander met at a club in Atlanta, 10 years ago. They say it sounds cliché, but they locked eyes on the dance floor and Alexander eventually went over to Michael and told him he was the “hottest guy there.” They exchanged numbers and within nine months, Michael moved from Augusta, Georgia to Atlanta.

The couple’s proposal was huge, which justified their grand Times Square wedding. Alexander worked with their local radio station, Power 96, to be part of Atlanta’s Pride Parade. He and Michael were invited to be on their float during the parade, and with the help of the station, the parade stopped long enough for Alexander to propose in front of the entire crowd. It was the first same-sex proposal televised during an Atlanta Pride Parade (video).

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Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
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Sarah Zimmer Photography

They submitted their engagement video to a contest held by Generation Tux and became one of two finalists to hold the first wedding of 2016. Times Square seemed like the perfect platform to celebrate their marriage and the great strides the gay community made in 2015. Alexander says the venue chose them, and they were honored to be part of it.

Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
The whole event was very special to the grooms. Among the wild and public celebration, even the small details were meaningful. Alexander was particularly touched as they each wore blue naval pins to represent their nephew who is serving in Japan.
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography

In Alexander’s own words, “The entire adventure was unforgettable and I have to say that after we were pronounced married, on the balcony of the Hard Rock Café, in front of literally millions of people, I never felt more connected to Michael. As we embraced, I felt at that moment, that we were the only two people in the world and so proud of achieving so much together and accomplishing such a beautiful end result.  We have so much respect for all those who came before us and fought tirelessly to give us the ability to get married in the first place.  We never want to forget that the struggle is real and we are fortunate to bask in the glory of those actions.”

Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography
Sarah Zimmer Photography

The newlyweds shared their advice for other couples planning  their weddings: “Never lose sight of your own individuality and tailor every aspect with that in mind.  You don’t have conform to any mold during your wedding for we are actually the ones that are making the standards for the industry.  There were some obstacles that were new to those planning—everything from the wardrobe to the verbiage of the vows—that we were able to construct to fit how we wanted them to.  Now is the time to make a difference for those who follow.”

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Photographer: SARAH ZIMMER PHOTOGRAPHY // Other Location: Times Square 

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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