Same-sex couples say 'I do'

Published 12:03 PM ET, Fri July 24, 2015
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After a journey toward marriage equality, couples across the nation are now able to make their love and commitment legal and have just begun to celebrate. For many, the road that led to the Supreme Court ruling was long and hard fought, which makes the celebration even sweeter. Ray Fallon, left, and Steven Rosen, right, embrace on their wedding day at Plymouth Church, New York, where they had a small ceremony in the presence of family and friends. Their wedding was photograped by Rosen's friend Alan Barnett. Courtesy Alan Barnett Photography
Nathania, left, and Ilana Horowitz admire Ilana's pregnant belly carrying twins. They are both social workers living in Queens, New York, and have been together for five years. They are expecting a boy and a girl. Having their marriage nationally recognized gives their family security, Nathania said. Steven Rosen photographed their wedding day. Steven Rosen Photography
The timing of the Supreme Court ruling could not have been better for Drew Montalvo, left, and Eric Hanser. A year-and-a-half prior, they set their wedding date for June 27, 2015, without the slightest idea of what was to come the day before. Montalvo is an internationally recognized DJ, but he is in the process of being known by a different name. In what he describes as a progressive effort, Montalvo will be taking his husband's last name. They said "I do" on the barrier island of Fire Island Pines in New York, as captured by Lotus Wedding Photography. Lotus Wedding Photography
For Cheryl Curtis, left, and Nina Welch, right, of Missouri, the journey to get married took them to Palm Coast, Florida, where they exchanged vows on May 10, 2015. They have been together for 11 years and enjoy going on road trips that take them to new, undiscovered places. Photo by A. Harris Photography. A. Harris Photography
Robert Ungemach, left, and Keith Emmons, right, of Dallas have been together for 19 years and said they never thought they would see same-sex marriage legal in their lifetime. They had a commitment ceremony in 2004 in Hawaii and will legally say "I do" in a Gatsby-themed wedding in August. They are having custom-made wedding rings that feature Koa wood from Hawaii and the gold from Ungemach's great grandparents' wedding rings, who emigrated from Lithuania. Photo by Steven Rosen. Steven Rosen Photography
Minneapolis couple Gregory Weber, left, and James Barnett thrive on the spontaneous moments in life. After a surprise trip to New York City, Broadway shows and a walk to the Lincoln Center, Weber proposed to Barnett on May 20, 2015. That night the couple of 10 years celebrated amongst close friends, but the party had just begun. Two days later, the couple exchanged vows on the landscape of New York City's High Line, as captured by Steven Rosen Photography. Steven Rosen Photography
Charlotte Soucey, left, and Lauren Watts originally eloped to Hawaii in 2013, but wanted to share their commitment with loved ones and opted for a second ceremony one year later in Ocala, Florida. They have been together for three years and Watts will soon be taking Soucey's last name. Photo by A. Harris Photography. A. Harris Photography
After 13 years together, Greg Smith, left, and Jack O'Leary, right, officially wed in Boston on their anniversary, June 6, 2015. The ceremony was officiated by O'Leary's twin brother Tom O'Leary, center, captured by Lisa's Loupe Photography. After the wedding they took the celebration to Paris where they had a second ceremony during Paris Gay Pride. Lisa's Loupe Photography
Long Beach, New York, couple Lauren, left, and Christine Rapkin smile on their wedding day June 25, 2015, in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. They have been together for eight years and wed the day before the landmark Supreme Court decision. Christine is a critical care nurse and Lauren is an event planner and together they enjoy kayaking, beach volleyball and hiking with their dog. Photo courtesy Nicole Barr Photography. Nicole Barr Photography