In high school, we were lab partners in Biology class, which probably wasn't a good idea because we were both extremely chatty. We loved laughing together and would make fun of ourselves when we didn't understand concepts. One time, we even celebrated because we both got 40's on a quiz. Our teacher tried to act upset with us but she couldn't hold in her laughter.
By senior year, we were named the Class Chatterboxes. Shocker, I know. Please ignore my hair in the picture below. It was completely unruly in high school.
|We're in the principal's office with tape on our mouths that says: "talking" with a \ through it.|
Saturday, we had the honor of celebrating the wedding of Chris to his partner of four years, Max. I've only known Max for a year, but I knew right from the start that he was perfect for Chris. He has a calming presence that is the perfect complement to Chris's loud, over-the-top (but always super fun) personality.
Their ceremony was short and sweet. They wrote vows for each other and in typical Chris fashion, he made sure that through the tears of joy, there was also laughter. After Max finished his beautifully written vows, Chris said, "That's what I had written!". And then he proceeded to read his own vows that were just as tear-worthy.
|Max reading his vows to Chris|
Today, they are off to their honeymoon in Europe. They're even making a stop in the Swiss Alps so Chris can yell "RIIIIIIICOLAAAAAA!!!" (I'm not even joking. Chris told me he was going to do that. See now why he and I are friends??)
Throughout the wedding, all I could think was: Why can't this wedding be legally recognized?! Their true love for each other was obvious. I could see the way they looked at each other. It was the same way me and LoLo looked on our wedding day: like there was no one else around. Their vows were just as sincere as mine and LoLo's. They made the same promises, felt the same emotions, exchanged rings just like me and LoLo. So then, why should LoLo's and my love get to be recognized by society and the government, but not theirs?
I was happy they decided to have this celebration, despite the fact that they couldn't receive a marriage certificate afterwards the same way LoLo and I did. I have no doubt that their partnership is forever and that one day, that commitment will be recognized by the government. But Saturday, their commitment was recognized by the people that matter most: their friends and family.