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Two Peas on the High Seas

Wedding Crasher

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Modern enough for the times, but old-fashioned enough to last forever.

Seventeen years ago, Gary Smith responded to a personal ad Joseph Givins posted in this very publication. The headline was "Two Peas Out of the Pod." On May 5, 2013, the anniversary of the day they met, they were married on the deck of the Skansonia, a historic ferryboat moored on Lake Union near Gas Works Park. The boat was crowded with friends and family sipping gin and tonics and getting their first sunburns of the season.

Two little girls marched solemnly down the aisle with the grooms' rings (Gary's was set with the diamond from Joseph's mother's engagement ring), followed by a crowd of kids who ran all over the deck of the boat waving streamers to Brian Eno's "Needle in the Camel's Eye." Joseph told me the parade of children was inspired by the opening scene of Velvet Goldmine.

The grooms appeared, accompanied by two mysterious figures in black spandex bodysuits and multicolored cummerbunds, who were twirling paper parasols. Under an arbor of white paper flowers, Joseph and Gary unwrapped one of the spandex-wearers to reveal Ed Haymaker, who was ordained just to officiate their wedding. In his striped scarf, gold aviators, and black suit, he looked like he belonged to a religion I'd happily join. Joseph's mom made a lovely speech, and then everybody migrated to the ship's dining hall for portobello ravioli and salmon.

Everyone I talked to had a great story about meeting Joseph and Gary. One involved Joseph winning a dance competition while dressed in a denim skirt in 1983. It became apparent that this wedding was one of a long series of wildly successful parties hosted by the couple. Gary's brother Gordon announced that he hoped their marriage was "modern enough for the times, and old-fashioned enough to last forever." The couple cut a towering white bananas-Foster cake, the DJ put on Sonny and Cher, and then they took each other's hands and led everyone onto the dance floor. recommended

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1
They sound pretty amazing, as does their wedding, I hope their marriage is just as amazing too!
Posted by tal on May 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM · Report this
More, I Say! 2
Well that there is a LOVELY little write-up!
Posted by More, I Say! on May 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
freesandbags 3
@2 I agree! I even got a tad weepy. Bravo.
Posted by freesandbags on May 16, 2013 at 7:11 PM · Report this
Jaymz 4
The complimentary ties are a sweet touch - similar but not the same... well done.
Posted by Jaymz on May 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM · Report this
leek 5
:) :) :)
Posted by leek on May 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM · Report this
6
Aw, congrats!
Posted by Dan Savage on May 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM · Report this
7
This is the real Conversion Therapy. With every happy (or fabulous!) gay wedding, several somewhat skeptical straight people get to see for themselves what a perfectly fine thing this is. A hesitant, homophobic society moves to tolerance and acceptance.

Love wins.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on May 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 8
The second mysterious figure was never revealed?
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on May 17, 2013 at 2:12 PM · Report this
9
yea, who was the second mystery figure under wraps???
Posted by RedEye on May 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Alicia 10
I've been to two weddings on the Skansonia, and both were fun as hell. It's a beautiful setting on those rare sunny days. Congrats to the happy couple!
Posted by Alicia http://aliciaaho.com on May 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Mischa Vainburg 11
SWEET!
Posted by Mischa Vainburg http://squidbasedink.wordpress.com on May 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
12
YAY for LOVE!!!
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on May 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this
kim in portland 13
:) !
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on May 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM · Report this
TVDinner 14
Aw, man! I knew gay people were gonna ruin marriage for the straights! Children running! Streamers! Spandex! Bananas Foster, fer crissakes! How on earth will the wedding receptions in the basement of Fife Evangelical Assembly of Christ Reformed ever compare now?
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 17, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Fred Casely 15
@8, 9: The second mysterious figure was the pyrotechnician needed to ignite the towering Bananas Foster cake.

There's a "flaming" joke in there somewhere, but someone else can take a crack at it.
Posted by Fred Casely on May 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM · Report this
Lissa 16
This makes me so happy. It sounds like a lovely wedding for two lovely men.
Posted by Lissa on May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM · Report this

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