Freedom to Marry and Shiraz Events’ contest winners celebrate wedding with beautiful ceremony

Last weekend, Sarah and Ben, the Minnesota couple who won Freedom to Marry's Wedding Registry contest in June, had the beautiful ceremony of their dreams. The wedding, as promised to whomever won the contest, was planned with the assistance of Jason Mitchell Kahn, Wedding Planner at Shiraz Events and author of Getting Groomed: The Ultimate Wedding Planner for Gay Grooms. The Wedding Registry contest asked couples, same- or opposite-sex, to ask friends and family to make a donation to Freedom to Marry's Wedding Registry instead of buying a gift for the couple. The couples who created Wedding Registry pages were entered into a drawing to win help from Jason. The winners were announced in July, and Sarah and Ben, fierce supporters of the freedom to marry, were delighted to win.

For Sarah and Ben, the request was perfect. Sarah said:

Well, to be honest, we had talked about how much we don't need "stuff" for our wedding, and giving to others would be better. When we saw the e-mail from Michael Crawford about the Freedom To Marry registry, we immediately thought it was perfect. Both of us think it's important to show support to this campaign. Sometimes we can't even believe same-sex marriage is still an issue in this country. We just hope that the registry will help in any sort of way - spreading awareness and hopefully raising a little money for Freedom To Marry to keep doing what they are doing.

The wedding was intimate, held in St. Louis, Minnesota, by a beautiful lake. The ceremony was followed by a gorgeous rustic reception, and the couple couldn't be happier. At the reception, Jason surprised the happy couple with the news that Shiraz Events and Freedom to Marry were giving them something extra. A romantic weekend trip to New York complete with hotel stay and Broadway tickets. 

Freedom to Marry congratulates the newlyweds, and applauds their devotion to bringing the freedom to marry to all loving, committed couples. All devoted couples, including same-sex couples, should be able to have the wedding they've always dreamed of.

A special "thank you" to Jason Mitchell Kahn and Shiraz Events for partnering with us on this campaign.

For more details about their wedding, visit Jason's blog at