As we entered City Hall, most people were smiling and laughing. And yes, we saw some people crying. The ones crying were mostly those who didn’t know the DVM had moved a dozen blocks downtown and they had just found out they waited 3 hours on the wrong line, in the wrong building.
It was after about a 30 minute wait at City Hall, that we got to say our “I do’s”. Strangely it was before we went into the marriage chapel. It was right after a City Hall official asked us a different question: “Gentlemen, do you know you can only pay for your marriage certificate by money order or credit card? Dick: “I do”. Dennis: “I do”…. With that, he took a credit card imprint and told us to head to the chapel. We were both quite nervous, but we bravely moved on.
We entered the East Chapel with a full orchestra playing the Wedding March. It ended abruptly when the judge said: “Can you guys turn off your iPods and take out your earbuds, I’m ready to start the ceremony!”
The ceremony was only a few minutes long, but all though it I kept thinking, OMG these are the exact words they say in movies about weddings. But I was thrilled to say “I do” and put a band on Dennis’ finger. He too said “I do” and put band on my finger. Then we all teared bit. Even John Ficarra, the editor of MAD, who was our witness was misty-eyed.
Here's a video of our super-short (under 2 minute) ceremony. John Ficarra shot it, and apologizes for shaking so much, but he was nervous. Dennis was chewing gum because his throat was so dry, he could hardly speak. And the audio isn't vey good because we only used the built-in camcorder mic, so you'll have to boost the volume. But yet, I'm so glad we have a record of our ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ_8RRfUVGo&feature=share&list=UUz_LKCKWs6Bf7hPCrUa_VtQ