Seattle Wedding Bash: Shaun & Yee-Shin
When Shaun and Yee-Shin got married on May 25, 2013 at Plymouth Church in Seattle, they proved that drag queens and gay nuns do indeed belong in church.
Yee-Shin grew up Christian, and he came out to the pastor of Plymouth Church a few years ago. “So it just made sense, to us, that he was the officiant of our marriage,” Shaun explained.
For their ushers, they chose the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of queer nuns who also performed Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” at the beginning of the ceremony. Gaysha Starr, the legendary Seattle-based drag queen is a close friend of Shaun’s and was in his wedding party. Other members of their wedding party included close friends of theirs from various walks of life, dating as far back as a high school girlfriend of Yee-Shin’s.
No musical detail was overlooked at this couple’s wedding. For the processional, Peruvian singer Jack Mozie performed “I Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and during the ceremony they were treated with music by a gospel ensemble led by Michael Allen. The wedding was high tech. The grooms had each video taped his own vows ahead of time, and they were played in front of the audience during the ceremony. The reception was held at a hall at the church, where the grooms treated their guests to an unforgettable party, with drag entertainer Aleksa Manila serving as master of ceremonies.
In attendance were several prominent Seattle figures including Mayor Ed Murray and his husband Michael Shiosaki, openly gay Senator Marko Liias, and the Publisher of the Seattle Gay News, George Bakan. Both grooms took to the microphone to address and thank their guests. Catering was prepared by the general manager of Neighbours Nightclub, a landmark Seattle’s gay club that just celebrated its 30th year in business. “I couldn’t believe the amount of people that had turned out to see us get married,” Shaun said. “Many of them have attended same-sex wedding ceremonies since ours, but still say that our wedding was the best, funnest, most unique they’ve witnessed,” he added.
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.