Our engagement has been over two decades in the making and it's time to tie the knot! When we met, the idea that we would be able to marry legally was a far-distant thought. In fact, neither of us really considered it a possibility. Instead, we quietly committed ourselves to each other, exchanged rings, and became a couple seamlessly and without ceremony. And now, as we have witnessed (and been overwhelmed by) our nation's great strides in marriage equality, we are realizing a dream we did not believe would come to fruition. We are indebted to, and grateful for, the fearless tenacity of organizations like HRC that help make this dream a reality. During our long engagement we have developed a shared love (and many of you share this love!) for the arts, music, sports, travel, good food and wine, friends and family. We long ago decided we wanted to be married--if and when that ever became a possibility--in our home state and witnessed by our family, friends, and faith communities. That our marriage ceremony will be legal and worshipful is very important to us. As is your participation! And, before our ceremony / celebration begins, a word about gifts: After almost 22 years of building a life together, we recently downsized and we have all (really more than) we want or need. So, thank you for attending our wedding. Your presence with us is gift enough! In lieu of gifts we have identified a few organizations--like HRC--that will accept donations on our behalf, if you insist.