So we threw together an incredibly quick wedding. We'll still have our "real" wedding next year, but now the legal stuff is out of the way!
Congratulations! But.. what do you mean by having a real wedding again next year?
This was our legal bit we have to do. See in our state, same sex marriage isn't legal (in fact there's whole state constitutional ban on it), so while we can have a pretty ceremony, we don't get any of the federal benefits. Because the law is, the feds will recognize your gay
marriage so long as you do it in a state that recognizes gay
marriage. So the plan was always to do to a legal ceremony in one of the states that allows it. Our wedding date is set for next year, which is when we'll have our big ceremony with everyone.
Originally we were going to do the legal wedding closer to our "real" wedding (real isn't exactly the right word, but I can't think of a better one), either right before or right after. But with my uncle's health, and knowing how much he wants to see us married, we decided to just do it now. So he saw us get legally married, and we got to check one thing off our wedding checklist. It was supposed to be just paperwork down at the court house and some vows....someone who wasn't either bride (uncle) wouldn't hear of it.