Let's Get Hitched!

Free Austin wedding event exercises new rights

Join Spider House and The Austin Chronicle this weekend as we celebrate marriage equality and the nuptials of a few dozen couples exercising their right to wed and enjoy the same freedoms as every other American in the realm of love.

This Saturday, July 18, 7pm, a mass wedding of intimate proportions will happen at Spider House.

For General Manager Jeremy Durnford, the free Saturday event is personal. He married his husband in San Francisco in September of 2014. The bittersweet reality of living in Texas, a state which would not recognize the couple's union, has given way to rainbows, unicorns, and a darned strong chance at "happily ever after" with one fell SCOTUS swoop. "Finally officially being married in the state I live … Y’all don't know how happy this makes me!"

A number of local folks and wedding vendors stepped up to help: Austin author, commentator, and wedding officiant Spike Gillespie will preside, with floral artistry by D. Sweetpea, artful capture of the day by Katrina Barber Photography, a tribute by performers with the Austin International Drag Foundation, sweet-tooth and tradition sating by Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, and your soundtrack for this evening courtesy of DJs Fine & Dandy w/ Kate & Andy (which would be me and "Gay Place" partner in what is becoming less and less a crime, Dr. Andy Campbell). Next door, in the Spider House Ballroom, the Brasil Grooves Summer Series will keep the evening chugging along.

Stay tuned to Spider House's Spider Hitched Facebook page for news about more treats as vendors are learning about the event and beating down their door.

Spider House has really committed to turning it out. The Chronicle's own Shelley Hiam (photographer and graphic designer, who is also Spider House's art director) is a big part of the heart behind this event. The all-ages evening is totally free for couples, supporters, family, and well-wishers alike.

According to the Spider Hitched press release, there is still time for folks to sign up. "Couples who want to get hitched for the first time or renew their vows with a ceremony on our stage should email: spiderhitched@spiderhouseaustin.com ASAP to be included and will need to bring their marriage license to the event. Spider House will do the rest."

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