Zankyou Real Wedding: Madge & Lydia
Zankyou proudly presents the real wedding of Madge & Lydia. We pride ourselves in the diversity of all our couples all over the globe. We were very honored that the couple decided to share their story of love and commitment for each other through the eyes of who mattered most, their family and friends.
A little background on when Madge and I met…we’ve been together for 4 years and embarassingly enough, we met online. We’re both a little embarassed by this fact, but hey, it’s what happened. We are both professionals and I was new to Denver and not really in to going to bars so….the internet. The funny thing is that I spotted Madge on a website and she spotted me on another website. We wrote emails to each other for about a month before our first date, but after that first date, it was clear we were going to be together for a long time.
Our ceremony was a very conscious decision that reflected both our lifestyle and love of our friends and family. We actually got engaged 2 years before we got married…we kicked around getting married in states where gay marriage is legal, other countries that have legalized gay marriage, and finally, our home state of Colorado. Finally, we decided that we live in Colorado, we want to get married in Colorado. We incorporated this in to our ceremony, I think, in a very beautiful way…during our ceremony we had each of our guests bless our rings as they, our friends and family, legitimized our marriage. We didn’t need the government to legitimize our relationship or love for each other. To us, the point of getting married is to declare your intention and love if front of those that will support and love you.
We are both in love with the outdoors…mountain biking, climbing, skiing, river running. We chose to get married on the banks of the Arkansas river in Salida, Colorado underneath an old cottonwood tree. Our guests lined the river bank and we stood in the river as one of our good friends officiated. Several kayakers passed during the ceremony and gave us their blessing. Another friend sang a Michael Franti song as the rings were passed through the crowd recieving their blessing. After the ceremony we walked across the park to a local pub and had lunch.
The weekend of our wedding we rented a house in the nearby hills on 20 acres and 30 of our closest friends camped on the land creating a sense of community for the entire weekend…it was wonderful, to say the least.
Madge and I are very lucky…we reflected that everyone we love in the world was able to make it for our big weekend.
We want to thank the couple, Madge & Lydia for letting us highlight their story for our real weddings section. Would you like to be featured in our real weddings section of the Zankyou magazine? Email AJ and you and your partner can be our next lucky couple.