“We went on our first date that evening and
have been together ever since.”
Paul and Trent have been together for over 25 years… TWENTY FIVE YEARS!! So what better way to celebrate their milestone than with a wedding. On a beautiful Spring day, on the 28th April this year to be precise, these two dapper lads were married in Washington DC, witnessed by their loved ones.
But first, a little about how it all happened those 25 years ago…
“I [Trent] was volunteering for HRC at a gay conference back in Ohio in 1990. Paul was supposed to be the opening speaker but didn’t really want to, so he conveniently got lost driving to the conference. That was lucky for me because I noticed him as he walked in late. We made sure that we bumped into each other later that morning and we then spent the rest of the day together. We went on our first date that evening and have been together ever since.”
Who’s has feels right now? I do!
The boys opted to travel down the traditional AND non-traditional wedding road (such as sans wedding party). “We wanted a simple elegant outdoor wedding and didn’t want to go the whole large wedding party route. We decided to just have a flower girl and ring bearer.”
“Our ceremony was at the Tudor Place. We had a shuttle bus pick up our guests, so we were able to get all of our guests at the site at the same time. We had our guests take a tour of the historic house while we had our pictures taken on the Tudor Place grounds. After the tour, the docent escorted our guests down to the Bowling Green garden for the ceremony. We had our flower girl handing out sunflowers to the guests as they arrived at the garden and we had a classical guitarists playing music. Our officiant did an excellent ceremony with Paul and I exchanging our personal vows.”
“After the ceremony we had Champagne and more guitar music with a toast by one of our close friends. Our ring bearer also gave a really cute, rambling toast. Our reception dinner was a tasting menu back at the Park Hyatt, catered by the hotel’s Blue Duck Tavern restaurant, complete with plenty of wine and cherry blossom martinis. After dinner, we went up to the Presidential Suite for cupcakes, drinks and partying! The reception even had a wedding crasher visiting DC from Norway.”
“For our ceremony, we wore matching light blue suits and blue suede shoes. We each had a different bowties to give our outfits a little bit of personal flair. We wanted things to be dressy but not formal. Since it was an outdoor garden wedding, we asked our guests to dress in dressy garden party attire.”
“We read a lot of really good things about Jon and really like the photos we saw online. We really like the way Jon took great photos without posing everything and if they were posed, they still looked casual. Some of the pictures Jon took were so beautiful they looked like they could have been postcards. We’ve had several people tell us they loved how the photos reminded them how happy everyone was that day.”
“Make a list of things you need or need to do and can’t leave for the ceremony without. We were out the door and almost on the road without our boutonnieres and rings. Also don’t be afraid to be creative and not do the standard. Our first florist wanted way too much just for the flowers on the table. That’s when we went shopping for a new vendor and thought of using Jonathan Adler’s Italian Greyhound statues as part of the table centerpiece. We have Italian Greyhounds and the Tudor Place had statues of Whippets, which are the little bit bigger version of the Italian Greyhound, so this kind of tied everything together. And the statues gave us a great memento of our wedding day. A destination wedding makes everything a little more challenging but well worth it, be prepared for surprises.”
Paul and Trent’s bond embodies what marriage is through their immense sense of togetherness and their unconditional love for one another. Congratulations Mr. + Mr. may you celebrate many, many more years together xx.
And roll credits…
Photographer: Jon Fleming Photography | Attire: J. Crew + Thomas Pink + Cole Haan + Prada + Mrs. Bow Tie + Tom Ford | Catering: Blueduck Tavern + Park Hyatt + Dean & Deluca | Desserts: Georgetown Cupcakes | Flowers: Greenworks Florist | Rings: Amazon | Music: Rich Barry | Officiant: Tie the Knot | Styling, Decorations & Props: Jonothan Adler | Transport: Reston Limousines | Venue: Tudor Place + Park Hyatt