Oh my goodness... Edie and Julia - what a kick that wedding was!
So here's the set up - on March 9, 2014, I turned 50 years old - I had celebrated with an enormous bash just weeks before on the final night of a weekly show I'd been producing and emceeing for the previous nine years (that's 457 shows, my friends), but naturally, on my birthday went out with friends. Literally the next day I kicked off a 9 day 9 city road show taking three top economists from my bank to meet with clients and prospective clients. We started out in Boston, then my manager went on to do two dates in Texas while I put the final touches on the rest - the MoMA in NYC, Minneapolis, Calgary, Denver, Chicago and Toronto. What a whirlwind that trip was - and what a lot of fun we had meeting hundreds of clients.
By the time I returned on March 20th, I was abit wrecked, but oh oh, I had a wedding to perform the next day - at the LGBT business expo at the Javits for two friends of friends, Edie and Julia who were up from Key West to get married. :) First, that next morning I took a cab to the Javits because it was simply easier than trying to schelp down on the subway. When the cab driver asked me what was going on, I told him, and boy, did he have a judgment about that. Whatever. I was sort of too tired to explain what a phobic jerk he was and just tired enough that I was willing to go off on him. But, in the spirit of what I knew would be a special day, I did not. (but grrrr)
I met the brides and my friend Tommy who had arranged this in the Key West booth. As we were getting set up, I noticed that my friends from the LGBT cheerleading group, Cheer New York, were there and warming up to perform. I'd raised a lot of money for them over the years so I asked a huge favor even though I knew that the group's leader was kind of stressed out.
Back to the booth, I performed the ceremony and a large group gathered to watch and take pictures (there is certainly video out there somewhere of the ceremony!), and as I pronounced them married, all 20 or so members of Cheer New York raced up to the gals and did a special cheer just for them!! A local drag queen who dresses as Tina Turner seized the moment to insert herself into the mix and get tons of pics with the brides. :) Fun! Anyway, we all had a blast - and, later, Tommy, the gals, myself and another friend all went to Chez Josephine for a beautiful dinner. I slipped the pianist $20 to lay La Vie En Rose (one of my favorites) for the ladies from me.
Edie and Julia often keep in touch and are doing well and very happy living the married life at long last .... a true definition of 'happily ever after'. :)