jon & chris

franklin institute rooftop wedding

We firmly believe that marriage is a civil right that should be entitled to all members of society. For that reason, it gives us great pleasure to share with our blog followers our first same sex wedding. Jon and Chris have been dating for 10 years and engaged for 8. It was obvious that they’ve built a relationship founded on love, mutual respect, and encouragement to follow all of their dreams. To say that it was a wedding that was a long time coming would be an understatement.

They first met while attending graduate school at Northwestern in Chicago. Their professional work, as scientists, has now brought them to Philadelphia which made the Franklin Institute a perfect choice as a location where they’d promise the rest of their lives to each other. Their ceremony on the rooftop was an amazing backdrop,  with the setting sun lighting up all of the buildings of the city they call home. The ceremony was particularly emotional as 3 close friends shared readings that extolled the beauty of their relationship and the devotion they’ve shared over their relationship.

After the ceremony, everyone moved down to the Fels Planetarium for the reception. Just as the ceremony was, the reception was filled with emotion and plenty of meaningful words as each of their best men and fathers gave a toast.

After the formalities, it was time for the party to start and this is when the choice of the planetarium for a reception site became clear. The DJ was able to broadcast the music videos of the songs he played onto the ceilings and walls of the planetarium. It gave the music an all enveloping, 3D effect and really got the party jumping.

Congratulations Jon & Chris, enjoy your honeymoon in Vieques!

We’d like to give a big shout out to Tom Janz for coming out and helping us with this wedding. Anne is 7 and a half months pregnant and Tom is going to be helping us out again, just like he did when Tyler was born.  Thanks buddy!

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