Future husbands Frank (he/him) and Peter (he/him) lived in buildings next to each other for a year in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, but didn’t speak to each other until they met on a dating app at the beginning of 2018. By the end of that year, they were officially a couple.

Two grooms stand in front of the downtown Manhattan skyline. They are wearing tuxes and smiling at each other

Two grooms walk hand-in-hand along the Hudson River on a sunny afternoon.

Two grooms walk down a set of stairs. They are smiling at each other.

After dating for 18 months, the boyfriends decided to move in together, choosing Jersey City for their shared home, where they work remotely side by side when they’re not caring for their 25 plants (all of which have been named) or traveling to their second home in Fort Lauderdale. After nearly three years together, Frank proposed to Peter, and he said yes!

With their arms around each others' backs, the grooms walk down an aisle as their family and friends look on happily.

The grooms stand at the altar and one reads his vows. The other dabs his eye with a tissue.

The grooms stand in the middle of the dance floor and smile at the camera.

Their wedding festivities were a colorful affair from start to finish, with blue, purple, peach and pink accents woven throughout from their attire and decor to the flowers and table settings. The couple selected a fun assortment of whimsical wildflowers and greenery, resulting in colorful pops of playfulness in their floral arrangements. In addition to choosing details that bring them joy, Frank and Peter made sure they spent as much time as possible being with each other on their wedding day, including getting ready together, walking down the aisle at the same time and taking couples portraits on the Hudson River with the skyline of lower Manhattan behind them.

The grooms stand behind their wedding cake, which has a Star Wars cake topper on it that looks like them. They pose like the figurines, smiling.

The grooms share a kiss in front of their wedding cake as they clink their champagne glasses.

Not ones for a cookie-cutter wedding, the grooms personalized their wedding with elements that were specific to them and their relationship. Frank and Peter wrote their own vows, ordered a custom Star Wars cake topper in their likenesses, selected music that really spoke to their relationship, wore tailor-made tuxedos with velvet jackets and brought touches of their home to the venue. They also had a memorial table to honor their fathers and grandparents.

A memorial table with a white tablecloth and flowers.

The grooms sit at a sweetheart table with floral decor as two people in burgundy dresses give a speech.

To engaged LGBTQ+ couples or marriers, Frank says to “decide together what you want your wedding to be like and do that. Don’t allow expectations or outside influences to change your mind. Keep the guest list as small as you want and make the wedding your own. It’ll mean so much more.”

Two grooms stand in front of a set of large windows and a floral arbor. They share a kiss.

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Photographer: JC Lemon
Venue: Atelier Ballroom
Florist: Made Of Leaves
Attire: Enzo Custom
Engagement Rings: David Yurman

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