Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Vows

Greetings!  We are less than 2 months away from our big event.  Our vows will be exchanged on the West Steps of our state Capitol.  Planning is moving along smoothly.  Dan and I have been coordinating all the arrangements on our own.  Because we've been together for 23 years, we originally decided to celebrate our legal union with a nice dinner reception for friends and family.  However, once we shared the news, everyone was excited AND expressed their wish to see a wedding.  Their earnestness convinced me that we needed to have a vows ceremony.  It took awhile, but I finally got Dan to agree.  But, he still asks "what happened to simple?" if.
Surprisingly, we were able to obtain an event permit for our date despite the short notice. The location works perfectly since our reception is across the street.  The West Steps are considered the most iconic section of this neoclassical structure.
Aside from the classic architecture, the West Steps have a vast open space making it a landmark for public demonstrations.  In fact, we attended Marriage Equality rallies there.  So, a wedding on the West Steps can be seen as a full circle for equality. The unobstructed view down Capitol Mall street leading to the Tower Bridge is a spectacular sight.
Construction of the building began in 1860 and was completed in 1874. The Statehouse was designed by Reuben Clark and  M. Federic Butler.
The above rendering is believed to have been created by Reuben Clark as his vision of the completed project.

Unfortunately, having any event on the property is a BYOE(bring you own equipment) event.  This means we have to make our own arrangements for accommodating for our guests.  I rented gold chiavari chairs from Celebrations Party Rental.  To protect attendants from the potential glaring sun and heat, I purchased inexpensive, but useful,  parasols and fans for their comfort. I chose Green and Yellow-Gold. They are 2 of the 4 colors for our "garden" theme colored event.  Please stay tuned as I share the reception venue.


Paisley Curtain said...

It will be a wonderful event! we are waiting eagerly.
Best wishes.

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Janie Gore said...

I hope your day together was wonderful and I wish you nothing but happiness together.

Wapy Watt said...

People suggested me to look upon the list of location for vows where I can renew my vows. I was waiting for the days from so long and I am sure the day will go great.

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