Two grooms, custom suits and a magical snowy night at McCune Mansion in SLC. What could be more magical?
Mckay and Parker actually met online! Surprise, surprise, two gay people meeting online? As cliche as it sounds, the couple says it was actually pretty sweet. Then, they were together for 6 years before getting engaged.
The pair wanted to have the opportunity both to propose and be proposed to. For Mckay’s proposal, he suggested the pair go on a hike on a Sunday morning. They drove up one of the many canyons surrounding Salt Lake City and hiked up a lovely trail that ending at a lake. They walked around the lake and came across a fallen aspen log. Parker had wandered off a ways and when he turned around, saw Mckay on one knee with a ring, asking Parker to marry him.
Parker’s proposal happened the following month, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during some Christmas tree shopping. Candles were lit in the snow and a ring was sitting on a log in front of the tree, which was when Parker asked Mckay to marry him in return.
Mckay and Parker got married on December 16, 2017, at the McCune Mansion, and walked down the aisle together in custom Bespoke Custom Clothing suits. At the altar, a close friend officiated a traditional hand-fasting, or commitment ceremony, to commemorate the union of the two love-birds.
“We knew we wanted to get married somewhere warm and cozy, and the McCune Mansion was the perfect fit,” they said.
As part of the menu, the duo selected two signature cocktails to accompany traditional wines and champagnes. The McCune Mansion catered, and served a great chicken dish. They also handed out an assortment of finger foods for cocktail hour. Each groom picked a signature cocktail to serve guests: one chose a French 75 and the other a refreshing cranberry moscow mule.
The grooms’ wedding cake was a tall, gold-foiled, almost too-pretty-to-eat pastry by Carrie’s Cakes. It was a two tier cake, one tier was German chocolate and one carrot cake.
“The nice thing about same-sex weddings is that you get to throw out a lot of traditions, if you feel like you don’t need them,” says Mckay. For example, the couple threw out the traditional male-female bridal party idea by instead combining both sides and just having their closest friends in one party. Mckay and Parker got their suits from Bespoke Custom Clothing. After cocktails and dinner, the couple danced their first dance to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes.
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.