Post # 1
We had a civil ceremony Friday, 9/21/12, with our immediate family. We are planning a bigger celebration with extended family next June at the beach. We chose to do things this way so we can begin the process for him to adopt my daughter. It was a perfect day 🙂
(i’m not pregnant. this is a terrible angle. luckily my friend offered to photoshop it out)
me, DD, and my mom
my perfect little family
Post # 3
It looks like it was lovely! And it’s nice that you get to have a small celebration before your big one : )
Post # 4
You look beautiful, and your daughter is adorable! I love your dress, too! Congratulations!
Post # 5
Congratulations! You both look so happy.
Post # 6
Gorgeous photos, and you don’t look pregnant at all!
Post # 7
thank you all! it was so nice to be able to celebrate this with our immediate families. we both come from divorced families, so it was the first time ever having all of our parents and stepparents together at one time.
we had a big section about marriage equality and how we consider marriage to be a civil right regardless of sexual orientation. it was lovely to see how touched my brother and his partner were by it. i pulled parts and wording from various places, several from other bees on here. so if anybody recognizes the wording, that’s why!
“Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations. Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a “civil right.” Without the right to marry — or more properly, the right to choose to marry — one is excluded from the full range of human experience. And the right to marry means little if it does not include the right to marry the person of one’s choice.
While C and C are so happy with their decision to marry, they also recognize those who cannot make that decision, who are still denied the civil right of wedded union and forbidden the social and legal benefits of marriage. We have come a long way toward treating all men and women as equals, and yet, we acknowledge that we have farther still to go, and more we can do to respect the choice to love and be loved. It is the hope of C and C that no one should be excluded from a happy day like this one, and along with vowing to be together for the rest of their lives, they also vow to work toward and fight for marriage equality.”
Post # 8
Congratulations on your new family and your marriage! How sweet that he is going to adopt your daughter!
Post # 9
What a beautiful day. (Your daughter is adorable!)
Post # 10
Beautiful, and I love your dress! Your daughter is so cute!
Congratulations, too! 😀
Post # 11
Congratulations on your marriage! What a beautiful family you have!
And NO you do not look pregnant, but just gorgeous and glowing 🙂
Post # 12
Beautiful, I love the last picture. Congratulations!