Peabody Library Grooms: Samuel & George
In the months leading up to their wedding, the grooms were most concerned with creating a ceremony that would appropriately reflect the meaningful and serious vows they were making to one another. They were more interested in making sure the script of the ceremony matched their values than in the details of the reception. “It was so important to us that we have an occasion where we could very publicly state not just to one another, but to our friends and family, a series of commitments and promises,” Samuel said.
They invited friends to do readings they had carefully chosen, all woven together by a master of ceremonies, who is a friend and former professor of Samuel’s. Gracing the ceremony was the Maryland State Boy’s Choir, which George had sung in when he was growing up in Baltimore. The grooms now live and work in Washington, D.C., but they chose to return to Baltimore, where George has roots, to celebrate their marriage.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.