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Tia and Garnette were planning a commitment ceremony to celebrate their six years together when, as fate would have it, the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Knowing how quickly that decision could be overturned, they wed quietly at City Hall and then began arranging a larger party. "Ritual and formality are important to us," says Garnette. A year later, in a ceremony rich with symbolism, they repeated their vows in front of family and friends.
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The ceremony decor is kept simple and clean, with wood bowls flanking each of the rows of chairs. In each bowl floats white gardenias.
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Tia and Garnette asked guests to bring bowls, which they collect, and displayed them at the altar.
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Everyone washes their hands as a preceremony ritual.
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Seating cards are secured with tiny clothespins for guests to easily find and take their seating assignment.
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Fifty guests sit at one long table set inside a rustic barn.
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The menu draws on local Northern California fare, such as fresh figs and cheese.
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The Wedding Cake
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In the evening glow, wedding guests hold candles and toast the happy couple with Champagne.
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The Happy Couple
The happy couple after their wedding celebration.