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The Wedding FAQ

Published October 6, 2009 - 12 Comments

Q: Ahahaha, you got married? That’s a joke, right?

A: Nope! Sean and I really got married on Monday, Oct 5. All witnessed and photographed and legal and everything.

Q: Wow, why so sudden? Why didn’t you plan a big wedding and/or tell me? Are you pregnant??

A: We always figured we’d get married with little fuss someday when the time was right; I guess the time was right. Sean needed health insurance, so we figured we might as well.  We did not get a chance to tell everyone we wanted to, though we did talk about it on our blogs, twitter, and facebook (so follow us there if you want to know what we’re up to!). I am not pregnant.

Q: Did you wear shoes to the wedding?

A: Yes, Mom.

Q: So how was the ceremony?

A: It was really nice. We were joined by our friends Keri and Jeff, Skipper, and Chris and his lovely wife Brenda. Chris took photos for us, and Keri and Skipper were our official witnesses. The ceremony was the standard one written by the county clerk, and it was great. Afterwards, we went to Ruth’s Diner and ate way too much food.

Q: So are you changing your name?

A: No, no. I’ll retain my own identity instead of being subsumed into Sean’s. I’m casting off the shackles of patriarchal hegemony and keeping my “maiden” name, given to me by my father.

Q: You really crack yourself up, don’t you?

A: Oh, yes.

Q: So, uh, we didn’t get you any presents. What can we get you?

A: Aww, that’s sweet, but you don’t have to get us anything. We’re cool. We’ve got everything we need and a lot that we don’t need, including a hot dog toaster.

If you must get us something, Sean would love a pizza. We would also make good use of gift certificates (to pretty much anywhere, including Ikea, local restaurants, hotels, bookstores, etc).

Or, channel your generosity to people who really need it: support organizations working for marriage equality in all states, so that all couples can just run off and get married if they want to.

A: Where are the photos?

Q: Sean’s got a few up on his web site; there will be more.


Mary Robinette Kowal - October 6, 2009 Reply

Q. In one of the photos the justice of the peace hands you a tissue. Were you weepy?

mrmarkey - October 6, 2009 Reply

I’ll take this one, Mary.

A: Dude, she was weeping like a glass of Lemonade in July.

Mike Munsil - October 7, 2009 Reply

I almost got all misty-eyed over this. Congrats again!

Now tell, me, when is the Minotaur getting married? If you guys did, there’s no reason for the Minotaur not to.

Skipper - October 7, 2009 Reply

Wow, Mary is really a master of observation. I doubt anyone else would have picked up on that.

I think none of us expected to be as weepy as we ended up being. I do get misty just looking at the photos. Sap.

Skipper - October 7, 2009 Reply

Also, Beth, here is what I wrote at Facebook. 🙂

I know you probably won’t get this message, since you don’t really “do” Facebook,” but this was so funny and awesome. You need to write MORE.

Cheryl - October 7, 2009 Reply

Weepy? Whoa, you act so tough and cool at work. Who knew you could weep?

Congratulations to both of you!

Beth - October 7, 2009 Reply

I was pretty surprised, too!

Wendy - October 7, 2009 Reply

Oooooo, I so wish we could have been there. I am sad and happy and sad and happy. Sad we weren’t there and so happy you went and jumped the broom!

And while I didn’t get weepy at our ceremony of thirteen people, I got the most awesome stage fright imaginable. I could barely squeak out my self-written vows. Tony? He orated crisply and fabulously, like a Greek man on the senatorial floor. Of course.

Wendy - October 7, 2009 Reply

P.S. Beth, it’s time to cut off our hair again! I can’t believe how long yours is already…

Beth - October 7, 2009 Reply

Hi Wendy!

We didn’t do custom vows, so there was very little fumbling about. When I was doing mine, we got to a line about “…with tenderness and affection” and everyone laughed. I paused and just said, “with affection.” ahahaha. Otherwise, it went according to the template.

Anne Zanoni - October 12, 2009 Reply


Now I gotta bring a bottle to WFC 2010. ;] I won’t be able to afford all the drinks I need to buy people!

Seriously, I am so glad.

Beth - October 13, 2009 Reply

Thanks, Anne! But I am pretty sure I already owe you lots of drinks. 🙂

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