Monday, October 7, 2013
I'm currently knee-deep in wedding planning for my dear friends Monte Durham (of "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta" fame) and Jack Evans. Monte and I have known each other for over 17 years when we first started working together doing weddings-- he doing bridal hair and me doing the planning. He and Jack had already been together a few years when I first met them but legal marriage for gay couples didn't seem close on the horizon.
Fast forward almost two decades and gay marriage is legal in D.C. (woo hoo!) and my friends are excited to make it official. Even though anyone who knows Monte knows he is anything but simple, he does want a small, low-key celebration to include a ceremony at the DC Courthouse, a blessing at his church and a luncheon. Perfect. If we weren't in the middle of a government shutdown, of course.
Although I'd applied for their license before the shutdown, we can't depend on the courthouse wedding anymore so I began searching for alternatives. DC Elopements to the rescue! Laura Cannon and her team stepped in and absolutely saved the day with the perfect short and sweet package and even agreed to do it on the Courthouse steps wearing a judge's robes (Monte loves himself some dramatic flair).
The process of booking the ceremony was so simple and they were accommodating with the ceremony date and time we already had planned on. If you are looking for a great officiant for your D.C. wedding, I highly recommend DC Elopements! They have all types of packages and can even take care of the license process for you (which is a pain in the neck). A great company with wonderful celebrants!