Ariana & Alexus have known each other for a long time. They have grown into themselves together in one form or another. Their lives and families have grown together. They planned to have a little surprise backyard wedding for a Thanksgiving dinner but as these things often do, the party grew with the love around them. As the lights twinkled on their patio, I noticed a Pride flag on a neighboring apartment. Their apartment was beautifully decorated. Those closest to them were seated in the living room or standing in the kitchen and meticulously following COVID guidelines to keep everyone safe. Important matriarchs light the unity candles for each side and the whole room erupted in a roar of support during the affirmation of their marriage and the pronouncement of their marriage.