New Orleans-Themed Train Station Wedding: Darren & Robert
October 11, 2015
Darren and Robert met in 2007 through a mutual friend. They became close friends over almost a year before they began dating in the spring of 2008.
When he decided to propose, Robert got a group of the couple’s best friends together at a place where he and Darren had one of their first dates, The Painted Plate, a pottery-painting boutique. Robert accidentally picked a date when Darren had to work, so he arranged with Darren’s supervisors to obtain coverage for him.
At the pottery boutique, Robert pointed out a Christmas ornament that said “Will you marry me?” Darren missed it at first, until Robert suggested that he should probably read it, front and back. Darren turned it over, and just then, about 20 of their closest friends came out from a side room and crowded around as Robert got down on one knee. Both men cried, and Darren said “YES!”
Robert and Darren chose their vendors based on several criteria. The size and cost of the wedding were the most important issues. They needed a venue that could accommodate at least 200 guests, and one that would fit in their budget.
They ultimately chose an all-inclusive venue, so much of their planning and detail work was under control. They appreciated the full-service approach, especially as they bought their first home together and moved into it. Wonderfully, everything on the wedding day went flawlessly.
The ceremony was meaningful and sweet and overall their day was carefree. The grooms especially loved their pastor. Most importantly, they were able to watch their guests have an absolute blast. That meant the world to them.
The newlyweds have this advice for other same-sex engaged couples: Do not get bogged-down by the details of traditional weddings like flowers, centerpieces, decor, and pomp-and-circumstance. Set the day up so that there is very little for anyone but the vendors to accomplish. The less there is for you, your party, and your family to deal with, the more present you can be in your day… and the more time you’ll have to enjoy it to the fullest.