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Real Couples Real Weddings rainbow colors in keeping with the wedding theme. Photographers Matty Smith and Ed Lynn recorded the day in pictures, and videographer Jeff Platt captured the fun and festivities as well. Cherishing the Day But amid the celebration, Dean and Gary invited their guests to also seek the deeper meaning of the day. “Look around you,” they told their 400 friends and family members. “Here is a cross-section of Iowa. In this room are folks at all levels of the income spectrum. We have well-dressed fashionistas and those whose clothes reflect the care of long-term repair, conservation and thrift. We have gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and straight individuals. We have those who were born male and are now female, and those who were born female and today sport beards and dapper masculinity. We have all flavors of religion represented, as well as those who profess no religion or belief whatsoever. We have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. We have pastors and priests, doctors and lawyers, those who serve us sandwiches at the counter and those who clean up after us when we are long gone from work or business. “No one here is unacceptable. No one here is ‘less than.’ You will be hard-pressed to find a gathering in the United States as diverse as this group of people in this room today. And you will be hard-pressed to find a moment in time when you are as accepted for who you are, than this moment right now. Cherish this moment.” Susan Hart Hellman is a freelance writer based in California. susan@susanharthellman.com The Happy Couple and their guests socialize at the unique reception in Music Man Square; over 400 friends were in attendance. Photos: Matthew H. Smith

The Reception The Chorus also entertained at the reception, as did Kirk’s DJ & Sound. The reception theme, the Music Man Square Streetscape décor, featured rainbow flags of all sizes and floral displays, centerpieces, corsages, and boutonnières, created by Randy Black of HyVee Floral, including tulips, roses, daisies, and irises in bright rainbow colors.

Gail Schurtz of Hy-Vee Catering provided the Casual Cuisine menu including gourmet ham, turkey, and roast beef tortilla snack wraps; a fresh fruit bouquet featuring melon, grapes, and strawberries; lemon-limeade slush, and wine bar. The three-tier wedding cake had an Asian influence, square with draping apple blossoms and the Cantonese symbol for Happiness on top. Three additional sheet cakes were decorated with rosebuds and

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Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009)  

Heartland in Gay America

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