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Circle of Love Randall and Victor admit that their emotions ran the gamut. “We went through a range of emotions... everything from ‘why didn’t we just go out and buy some rings?’” Randall laughs, “ a great sense of satisfaction that we actually fabricated each other’s rings.” Randall adds that this was one of his favorite parts of the process. “It was the realization that I (being someone who is not at all artistic) could -under the supervision of a professional- actually create a work of art that would be a lasting expression of my commitment.”

Victor Kazakevich, seated, & Randall McNames, on Christmas Eve 2008, at the Ahwahnee Hotel’s annual Bracebridge dinner, Yosemite National Park

Jennifer and Belinda found their day filled with emotion too. “There was nervousness about making something perfect for each other,” Belinda explains, “laughter about our special bug-eye protection glasses, a relaxed sense of achievement when we really started to see how wonderful they were.” She adds, “And of course, love -the experience gave us an opportunity to really

Photo: Nancy Robbins Photography

be with each other and focus solely on the experience.” James and Scott saw this as a contemplative moment as well. “This entire process brought us closer together,” James says, “as this was an opportunity for us to reflect on our relationship. We felt as if the Wedding Ring Workshop was the perfect symbol of creating our future together. There was nothing like the feeling of looking at each other and seeing the excitement and joy in each other’s eyes as we made the other’s ring.” When asked about the most challenging part for them, James and Scott agreed. “What was the hardest part? Leaving the workshop because we had such a wonderful experience.” Wedding Ring Workshop 866.583.6982


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Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009)  

Heartland in Gay America

Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009)  

Heartland in Gay America