Kyle and Joel tackled their wedding in the same way they will tackle the rest of their lives: together. From getting ready together to walking down the aisle together, these two grinning grooms threw a wedding that defied traditions. “Being gay, we had quite a lot of built-in autonomy,” Kyle says. “There aren’t any prescribed standards to follow, and that vagueness informed every decision we made.”
Located just minutes from where Kyle grew up, the two chose Lucas Confectionery in Troy, N.Y., to say “I do,” where the small but gorgeous venue created a warm intimacy that was filled with laughter and joyful tears.
For their rehearsal dinner, Kyle and Joel hosted a barbecue where friends from all over the world came together to celebrate their love, and on the day of the wedding, they spent the morning picking apples before getting ready together. As they walked down the aisle, Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” echoed their fierce love for each other. But it was the two-year-old ring bearer who nearly stole the show. “His parents had coached him for weeks,” Kyle says. “And when he handed us the rings, he erupted in an amazing, victorious cheer.”
Corey Torpie Photography captured the grooms and 42 of their closest friends and family on a day filled with love that they will surely never forget. “We worked hard to create a unique and personal day that, above all, would represent us,” Kyle says. “You have to be insane to get married. It’s the most expensive day of your life, and you’re the center of attention to an uncomfortable degree. You don’t eat enough, your feet will kill you and someone will inevitably get into a fight or, as we experienced, crash the wedding. But you’re marrying the best person in the world, and you get to do it with your amazing families and friends.”