Tony and I first met Tim and Steve at a Rainbow Wedding Network wedding expo in Columbus earlier this year. As soon as we met this couple, we knew we had to photograph their wedding. Tim and Steve told us that they were going to have their ceremony at the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade in June. Not only that, they were from the Akron, Ohio area- much like us! It was a match made in heaven!
About the Couple
We asked Tim and Steve to tell us a little about how they met. Tim said that Steve asked a friend to introduce them at happy hour at a bar in 2013. Tim said this was so unlike Steve because he's incredibly shy. Their first date was the day after Christmas in 2013, a mutual friend of theirs, John (to be their officiant later in life) played a big part in getting these two together and John basically "presented" Tim to Steve as a blind date that day.
The couple was engaged on June 21, 2015. To refresh your memory, same-sex marriage was legalized on June 26, 2015. Steve had been thinking about asking Tim to marry him for quite some time, and finally, on June 21, 2015, Steve got down on one knee and said to Tim that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with him. He asked Tim if he would marry him and without hesitation Tim said yes!
When asked what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day, Tim said, "Having our relationship legally recognized and standing up in front of our family and expressing our love and commitment to each other." We couldn't agree more!
The Wedding Ceremony
On June 18, 2016, Tim and Steve were married in front of a unique backdrop: the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade in downtown Columbus, Ohio. This was the 35th pride parade in Columbus. The first parade was in June of 1981 and only 200 people were in attendance. This year, there was a record-breaking number, in the thousands of people who gathered for the parade. Tim and Steve wanted to have their ceremony at this historical event because it has such a deep meaning to them, their very close friends and for the thousands of other strangers who came to celebrate the parade.
Tim and Steve's closest friends and family met at a little section of Goodale Park, where (and when) the parade would be ending. After most of the commotion settled, John (the mutual friend from the top story) officiated the wedding.
After the ceremony, Tony and I took Tim and Steve for a little walk around the park to capture some shots of the newlyweds.
Tim and Steve's cake was made by Lindsey's Bakery in Circleville. It was a cherry cake and was absolutely delicious!