Franco and Stephen met over twenty years ago. It was at a party in Florida where these two transplants to the Sunshine State bonded for the very first time. Franco was working for an airline at the time and, for one of their first dates, he surprised Stephen with a lunch date…in New York City. It was a whirlwind visit to the city, with New York-native Franco acting as tour guide. It was there where they shared a kiss on the top of the Empire State Building and New York forever became a significant landmark in their relationship. Eleven years later, they returned to the city to seal their commitment to one another. They could not yet do so legally, so instead they purchased rings for one another and vowed what they had known in their hearts since that first visit to NYC, that they were meant to be together.
This winter, twenty-two years after that first meeting and eleven years after they bought their first set of rings for each other - Franco and Stephen returned yet again. This time it was to officially marry in front of their family and friends, in the city that had meant so much to them with the skyline they had explored together twinkling around them as they said the heart-felt vows. Vows that expressed just how much each one had meant to the other over the two decades they have been together and had everyone in the room in tears, marveling at the dedication these two incredible men have for one another.