One of the tried-and-true stops on the big gay weekend Pride train is the annual commitment ceremony for couples who want to tie the knot, renew their vows, or re-spark that original flame.
The 2014 Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony takes place on Saturday at the W Hotel Midtown just steps away from the rainbow doings at Piedmont Park.
The non-denominational, come-as-you-are event is also quite the little pick-me-up to behold even if you aren’t one of the scores of couples doing the deed.
While the love was strong outdoors in years past, this is the ceremony’s fourth year since moving inside and just the second since the Supreme Court sent the gay marriage ball rolling into overdrive in 2013. Of course, it's also the first since the Supremes on Monday punted five marriage equality appeals, effectively legalizing it in 11 more states. Georgia’s not one of them, but the decision comes just in time to show a preponderance of gay Georgia love to the state’s still-sucky attorney general.
It’s not legal at home yet, but paid-up couples at the event do get a certificate of commitment, catered desserts by one of Atlanta’s favorite hunky gay bakers, a photo package to commemorate the day, and more treats from Pride sponsors. What they don’t get is advice on how to make it your very own. Never fear. The spirits of ceremonies past illuminate the way.
Dress it up.
Play it down.
Because the whole community is in it with you.
Of course matching is always in vogue.
Or go as Renaissance men.
Show out in red.
Or black and white.
Or all the colors.
Because the officiates are serving the rainbow.
Bring an entourage.
Or make it just about you two.
You can keep it classy.
Or keep it real.
Do it with a laugh.
Or with tears.
Just be sure to seal it with a kiss.
Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony takes place on Saturday, Oct. 11 at W Atlanta Midtown, 11 a.m.
Photos by Matt Hennie, Sher Pruitt and Randall Carpenter for Project Q, and by Stan Fong courtesy Atlanta Pride.