Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: John Brady and Trent Williams

John Brady and Trent Williams. Picture by Mike Hagen.

John Brady and Trent Williams. Picture by Mike Hagen.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today: John Brady and Trent Williams, a couple from Media, Pennsylvania. Although they got married in Massachusetts, the newlyweds used several local vendors, and incorporated a touching moment during their marriage ceremony.

Names: John Brady and Trent Williams

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 4 years

When did you get married?: May 11, 2013

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We were living in Pennsylvania, but married in Massachusetts both for legality and one of us (John) grew up there and still has friends and family there. Trent grew up in Texas. We were married at the Plymouth Church in Framingham with over 110 friends and family in attendance. In addition to our vows, we chose to do our “first dance” at the altar as part of the service. The point was to reinforce the idea that when things get complicated, you return to the simple. We often slow danced during the early days of our dating, so it was a way of physically reinforcing our vows, but also celebrating the safety and freedom of doing something openly that most same-sex couples cannot do.

Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?: We chose to hire two critical vendors locally and pay the additional money for their travel to Boston. Both were truly perfect, and we are not easily impressed!

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