On December 6, 2012, Washington state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Matt Stopera from BuzzFeed was there, and he made a photo essay that I became o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with. So, when Delaware and Rhode Island got marriage equality this summer, I had to make my own, natch.

Delaware was first. CAMP Rehoboth (Creating A More Positive Rehoboth) held a ceremony to celebrate the marriage of Chris Beagle and Eric Engelhart, AKA Beaglehart.

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They scored major points for wearing matching suits *and* matching flip-flops.

Chris & Eric ceremony flip-flops

First, I asked them to write how long they had been together. (They’ve been partners for 23 years, but at the time of this picture they had been married for 90 minutes.)

Chris & Eric 90 minutes together!

Then, I asked them to think about their favorite thing about each other

Chris & Eric thinking 12 - use!

They showed each other

Chris & Eric show each other 2 - use!

 

I got some other couples to participate. Enjoy!

Delaware couple 5 show each other 3 - use!

Delaware couple 7 show each other 3 - use!

Delaware couple 6 names and years together smiling - use!

Delaware couple 6 show us (use!)

Delaware couple 1 joint response

Step on up, get your license here!

marriage bureau door sign

Rhode Island marriage license sign

Delaware couple 10 name and years together

Delaware couple 10 thinking - use!

Delaware couple 10 show us 4 - use!

Finally, from matching flip-flops to matching shirts:

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Delaware couple 12 names and years together - use!

I asked them to show me their responses but they couldn’t stop smiling at each other.

Delaware couple 12 showing each other 2 - use! Delaware couple 12 show us - use!

Thanks, Delaware! Rehoboth is adorable!

Rhode Island’s law went into effect on August 1. Their state house is beautiful. My camera couldn’t take pictures of the white marble while the sun was out, so you’ll just have to believe me. Sorry! 😦

 

There was a group of supporters with signs. This one was my fave.

Rhode Island protest sign 4 - use!

One couple got hitched.

Rhode Island couple 1 years together 2 - use!

Rhode Island couple 1 show each other 3 - use!

Rhode Island couple 1 show us - use!

That evening, Representative Frank Ferri married his partner of 32 years, Tony Caparco.

RI Tony and Frank wedding announcement

Ferri was lead sponsor of the bill on the house side. Here’s Frank and Tony with part of the Rhode Island team:

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The cake was both pretty and delicious:

RI wedding cake

And there were some couples:

Rhode Island couple 2 years together - use!

Rhode Island couple 2 thinking 2 - use!

Rhode Island couple 2 showing each other 3 (2)

Rhode Island couple 2 show us 1

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And Frank and Tony!

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At one point towards the end of the night, I couldn’t find one of my whiteboards. I felt a mixture of panic and frustration. It’s such a stupid, useless thing to steal. But then I found this guy practicing his cursive:

boy with white board looking up - good edit

He said he was sorry and gave his little puppy dog eyes, so I had to forgive him. Plus, I felt like he deserved to show off his sweet cursive. Pretty good, right?

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I was pretty wiped out by the end of the night, but I had a blast.

I am so grateful to everyone who helped me plan this. Congratulations to all of the people who worked on these two campaigns. Congratulations and thank you to all the couples who got married and let me photograph them. And thank you, internet person, for visiting to share in their joy. I hope some of the excitement I felt when I was in these two states came through in these photos. Who’s next?

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One thought on “What I like about you!

  1. Fran Sneider

    Thank you for documenting this wonderful event in 2 states. It really is amazing how many of the couples love the joy the other gives them.

    Reply

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