John and Edwaard met in Illinois, have lived in multiple states and fell in love in San Francisco so it was only fitting to exchange vows there, not to mention its historical significance. “San Francisco City Hall is important to us as a civil rights monument as much as it is a stunning example of Beaux Arts neo-classical architecture and design,” says the grooms. “It’s a democratic institution that showcases strength with grace, and moreover historically has been the locus for gay rights nationwide and not worldwide. This is also the City Hall where openly gay city councilman Harvey Milk sacrificed his life for human rights and equality for all.”
The grooms wore navy custom suits that they had made during a trip to Phuket, and exchanged their written vows and rings on the balcony with only a handful of close friends and family to witness. Afterwards, they celebrated with Chinese food and lychee cocktails!