posted by Tracie Van Auken on July 4, 2013 Return to Weddings

Aaron & Robert, Chelsea Art Center, NYC

We’ve got the travel bug here at JPG; we all love shooting destination weddings whenever we can. Just this month, Joe’s been all over the country, even the British Virgin Islands! We were happy to travel to NYC for Aaron and Robert’s wedding in the big apple.

Aaron and Robert got ready for their day together at The Gansevoort Park Avenue, a beautiful, modern hotel. Tying bow ties and fastening boutonnieres proved to be difficult and Aaron and Robert were worried that everyone’s tie knots wouldn’t match. Robert’s mom was eventually called in for reinforcement to pin on the boutonnieres.

With gay marriage’s legality being so significant, Aaron and Robert opted for a traditional church wedding at The Church of the Transfiguration. Robert cracked jokes the entire time to lighten the mood. Each of their sisters were included in the wedding party and were close friends with the rest of the groomsmen and ushers. It was nice to see one, cohesive unit rather than two separate groups in their wedding party.

At the reception, guests had a breathtaking 270-degree view of the city at The Glasshouses at the Chelsea Art Center. Robert’s best man gave a touching toast and Robert followed with a stirring speech on marriage equality.

The coolest part of the day was that the couple donated all of the money they received as wedding gifts in their guests name to a marriage equality organization as well as the ASPCA. To see a couple so passionate about a cause rather than thinking of themselves on such a big occasion is a rare thing, and we truly appreciate it.

Aaron and Robert, thank you for choosing JGP to share in your special day. It was a pleasure to get to know you and your family and we wish you all the best as you step into this new phase of your lives together.

Best,
Tracie

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