Their next blog read, unsurprisingly: “Sorry that it has been more than three weeks since our last update. We have been furiously planning the wedding.”
Ed’s Vow to Erwin
For more than ten years, I have held this promise to myself and you. Today, I share it legally with the world before God and those gathered here. I, Ed, take you Erwin to be my husband. I promise to always be here for you. I promise to love and to hold you, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer In sickness and in health until death do us part.
Erwin’s Vow to Ed Today I join my life to yours. From this day on, I will be your partner and companion,for you are my dearest love and my best friend. I look forward to the joy we will find In each other’s separate successes, As well as our shared ones; I welcome the challenge of whatever obstacles we encounter, for I know that whatever we face, we face it together. Because your happiness is vital to me, I will help you to grow as an individual, Because you deserve no less than the best of me, I will also strive to be more fully myself. I pledge that I will listen to you when you speak, encourage you in times of doubt, comfort you in times of sorrow, and be your refuge of strength in times of uncertainty. I will be faithful to you all of my days, will be honest with you always, and will cherish and adore you every moment of my life. This is my solemn vow.
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would be provided by wish granters – from the invitations, attire, rings, music, catering to the menu cards, and programs, including the Louis XVI-style Meridian House venue. “All of the vendors were great.” Ed says. “We sometimes felt guilty as they have been so giving - total strangers all just pitching in to help us have a very special day. They asked our opinions and worked very hard to get us everything that we could want… and then they did more!”
four weddings by that time, and the group’s fifth was to be its first DC Chapter wedding, and its first same-gender ceremony, granted to Ed and Erwin within days of their request. “We were surprised and honored that WUW granted our wedding wish,” Ed says. “We don’t think that being gay had anything to do with their decision. Their priorities are in the right place. They want to do something nice for a couple that is having a difficult time. Sexual orientation shouldn’t and as far as we can tell didn’t even play into their decision.” He adds, “It is a shame that the rest of the world can’t be this blind.” The couple was so grateful, they immediately posted: “Thanks to our several fans that suggested Wish Upon a Wedding. We have told WUW about our wish and they have granted us a wedding. If you can spare it, we’d like to suggest a $25 per fan donation which would help Wish Upon a Wedding continue their great service.” And next: “We have set a date and location with Wish Upon a Wedding! It will be August 14 at the Meridian House. Our wedding planner is a wish granter who is also donating her services.” Every aspect of their wedding
Ed remembers thinking at the time, “Anyone planning a wedding in 7 weeks is absolutely crazy! Add two active boys and a serious illness and the stress level was off the scales.” Not to mention two active jobs: Ed is leader of The Chin Sells Team at Weichert Realtors, and Erwin is a construction company Marketing Coordinator. But Ed adds that he and Erwin handled the wedding stress the way they have handled all situations. “One day at a time.” With the assistance of WUW, they handled it all beautifully, and their pre-wedding blog Photo courtesy Three Lights Photography
Photo courtesy Three Lights Photography
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