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So, there I went disappearin’ again. Sometimes, I don’t update often because I haven’t got anything to say. Other times, not so much. The longer I let things go, the more I feel like I have to write a book to catch up, which triggers my avoidant tendancies. So I’m not gonna write about the family reunion trip way back in July, or going up to the North Georgia Celtic Festival on August 1. Those links have pictures go, so that’s worth a few thousand words.

August 6th is the day most of you want to hear about. That’s the day that kitanzi and I went down to the Fulton County courthouse to get married, with maedbh7 and telynor along to witness the affair.

The ceremony itself was a bit surreal. We wanted this to be as low-key as possible, in order to avoid the various headaches that proper weddings would entail, but even so, I was bemused at the process. We arrived downtown at a bit after noon, and well before the 2:30pm start time, so we wandered down into Underground Atlanta for some lunch at Mick’s. Fed and fortified, we made our way over to Pryor Street and up to the second floor. There was almost a problem over my camera, since it could be used as a recording device, which aren’t allowed in the courthouse as a rule, but they let me keep it.

We waited outside the courtroom with a few other couples who had shown up. there were only about 8 folks waiting outside, so at first I thought this was going to be a small and quick affair. But once the doors opened, people kept filing in. And filing in. And filing in. They eventually moved the spectators over to the Jury box as all the benches were full up with folks wanting to get married. Once everyone was seated, the Dour Bailiff and the Court Clerk went over the rules, and then had us all shuffle up to sign the register. kitanzi and I were couple 25, and somewhere in the middle, so there must have been 40-50 couples there.

Once we were all resituated, the judge came out and said a few words. At first, I was a bit alarmed that the couples themselves were going to be asked to say some words of their own, but thankfully, that wasn’t the case, or we might still be there. It still took a while, but kept ourselves entertained, between people watching, making faces at maedbh7 and telynor over in the jury box, and idle conversation. (Amusement for the polyfolk reading: While waiting to be called up, Kit turns to me and says, “So, are you and X ever going to have that date you keep getting put off?” “Dunno, depends on her schedule, doesn’t it?”)

At last, it was our turn. Being a civil ceremony, the vows were nice and simple: Do you, person1, take person2 to be your lawfully wedded husband|wife? I answered “Without hesitation”, and she said “absolutely”, and we went back to sit down. Once everyone had gone through this, rings were exchanged (though I still don’t have one…hard to find them in my size “off the rack”, and we can’t budget permenant custom rings until after Worldcon, but the ring we found for Kit looks wonderful on her finger.

And so we walked out into the Atlanta sun as husband and wife.

We had a thought to walk over to the Westin Peachtree for a drink in the skylounge, but telynor didn’t want to walk that far, so we headed instead up to Sandy Springs to browse about the Phoenix and Dragon bookstore, and then back up to the apartment briefly before heading out to dinner at Ichiban for habachi and sushi with maedbh7, telynor, tarkrai and his kids. T. and the kids were passing through town on the way back to Michigan from Florida, and unfortunately had to spend far more time here than they intended, due to some car troubles. But it was nice to see them the brief period that we did.

So there you have it, the tale of kitanzi and autographedcat and how they went and got themselves married on a Friday afternoon. Here’s some pictures. Y’all enjoy.

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24 Comments

  1. I think civil ceremonies are wonderful. It’s the uncivil ones I hate.

    *hugs* You’re a very lucky man, my friend. And the best part is, you know it 🙂

  2. meanwhile, I’m all “Ooooh, they went to Mick’s?”

    I adore their portabello mushroom burger.

    Congratulations, and I should likely make lunch.

  3. Congratulation to the two of you!!!
    *hugs* and best wishes!!

    Speaking strictly from personal experience, being married is just great.

  4. Congratulations!

    And I had a ceremony that was just about that simple, albeit a bit more private and religious. It’s all it takes, and what matters is that’s how you wanted it.

  5. Wow. You were even color-coordinated. You look like you belong together.

    Most important, you did things your way.

  6. Congratulations to you both. 🙂

  7. Congratulations to the both of you!

  8. Yeesh I can’t believe this -- a mass ceremony for multiple entirely unrelated couples… that seems… odd.

    But you two do look happy and I am very glad for you both! 🙂
    *hugsmooch*

  9. Congratulations to you both, and may you have as much fun with being married as I have. :->

  10. I like it, dear, but… was the Mal impression intentional, or just the result of a Firefly overdose? *G* *kiss*

  11. Pictures Good. Weddings better. Congratulations once again!

  12. Congratulations, you two. I love the pictures, and I adore that your judge was named Pinkie Toomer. (-:

  13. Sounds like a wonderful ceremony and wedding day. 🙂

    Congratulations.

  14. Congratulations once again!

    My Guy disclaims all knowledge of the judge, but we too love the name. 🙂

  15. “Yes, it has the Ring of truth”

    “the ring we found for Kit looks wonderful on her finger.”

    Yes, it does. What little I can see of it. Any chance of posting a picture of it (the ring!) posing on a contrasting background?

    Ann O.

  16. Congratulations!
    May your life together be filled with happiness, laughter, loving and learning.

  17. congratulations!!!

    I’m not poly (though as you know I hope completely fine with folks that are) but you still amused me highly with the exchange during the wait.

    In a similar fashion, atheist Bob and atheist Shana interrupted their short civil ceremony done by a minister (friday, all the judges were gone so the marriage license office lady found someone who was free) to ask “Can you leave references to god out please? We’re atheists.” She was fine with this, but being a slightly white trash ex-minister who made money solely as a quickie wedding provider she had her whole routine firmly entrenched. “And let us all pray…er, um, or not,” she stammered, right as she was declaring us husband and wife.

    Marriage: it’s not just for god-fearing monogamous heterosexuals anymore!

  18. Still the cutest couple at the courthouse 🙂 *smooches* -H…

  19. Wow! Congratulations, and may your life together be full of joy!

  20. Congratz! I’m sure you’ll have long and happy lives together. 🙂

    And we’ll still keep that sex-for-promotion thing going, right? 😉

  21. Congratulations!

  22. Congratulations again!

    I congratulated you a bit ago when you got engaged. Now again when you got married. I hope you enjoy as much happiness as Jay and I have for our *gasp* (almost) nine years of marriage.

    Enjoy Worldcon! Look up Diane Turnshek while you’re there. She founded the writing group I attend.

  23. Anonymous

    Holy cow… you got married!

    (You’ve beat me by about a year)

    Congrats!

    -- Your Personal Technology Representative

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