Watch Minnesota's first two same-sex newlyweds say their vows [VIDEO]
Miles and ten Broeke (in red) with their son, Louie.
B FRESH Photography
On the eve of August 1, 2013, Minneapolis City Hall transformed into a chapel of love.
White flowers wrapped around the banisters on the rotunda's grand staircase. White chairs flanked the Father of Waters sculpture. Around 1,000 revelers crowded onto five floors, there to watch as, at 12:01 a.m., Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles became the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Minnesota, and Jeff Isaacson and Al Giraud became the second.
By morning, 67 couples had left City Hall as newlyweds. But there was something special about those first two saying "I do." As Mayor R.T. Rybak pronounced them legally married, the tears and cheers in the rotunda celebrated a trifecta: the public, political, and personal joys all at once.
Filmmaker Rebecca McDonald, of B FRESH Photography and Media, got it all on video.
Try to make it to the two-minute mark without "getting something in your eye." And be sure to catch ten Broeke and Miles's five-year-old son, Louie, twirling around about four minutes in, gazing up at the rotunda with the same look of awe that many in the crowd had on too.
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