Manhattan wedding preparations of Chris & Jason | The Press Lounge

I have known Chris and Jay for a long time and it was an absolute honor to photograph their wedding. Their description of the vision for their wedding day was perfect – “a modern day LOVE fest – great music, great food and great people – celebrating us, family and friendships, old and new.” They planned their celebration thoughtfully, using the colors blue and orange throughout – from attire to decor to the beautiful invitations that Chris designed himself.

More from the couple below… enjoy!

How did you meet?
We started hanging out through mutual friends in the spring and summer of 2002. We quickly moved to doing things just the two of us. Our friendship deepened in the summer of 2003 when our friend Sue founded S.W.i.S.H. – a gay-straight advocacy group, dedicated to furthering the LGBT rights movement. Alas, we dated other people while remaining friends for 7 years.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 is the date we count as our anniversary. We had been to a concert at Lincoln Center the night before and had a wonderful time. Although we didn’t completely understand what was happening, Sunday turned into a magical, impromptu date. We went to the New York Public Library and a Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. We had a romantic breakfast in the morning and pigged out on Mexican food in the afternoon. For dinner we ordered in Thai food and watched a nature documentary. It was an absolutely perfect day.

Who proposed and how?
Jason: I proposed at 7:30am on  Tuesday, June 26, 2013 – the day DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) was overturned in the Supreme Court. They hadn’t yet released their decision, but Chris was leaving for work and I was feeling optimistic. So before he left, I put my coffee down and got down on one knee. It was a beautiful moment.

Thinking back to early in your relationship, when was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?
Waking up next to the person you love and being happy each morning was an indicator that this was who I was supposed to be with.

Tell us about your attire.
Our suits were from Ted Baker. We wanted to dress similarly, but in different colors.  We wore bow-ties because why not?!

Now that you’re married, and you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are just starting the process?
Make it easy for your guests. Do everything you can to make them comfortable. The wedding reception is not just for the couple… otherwise you would have gone to City Hall. Enjoy the process.  Don’t let one half do all the work.  We both had different strengths and enjoyed working on this “project” together!  We found out more so through this process, that we are a good team.

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Check back Wednesday for a peek at the ceremony photos!

Officiant: August Gold
Cake & caterer: PRINT restaurant – New York, NY
Suits: Ted Baker
Venue: The Press Lounge – New York, NY
Venue coordinator: Wendy Nash
Flowers: Fountain House
Ceremony music: Jason Adasiewicz – Chicago, IL
Entertainment / DJs: Carlos Nascimento, Elliot DeHoyos
Wedding coordinator: Justin Maloney of Convivium Catering – New York, NY

NYC same-sex wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro