On Saturday evening at Lincoln Center, 500 couples came together to get married for the first time, renew their vows, or celebrate their love for New York City.
Archley Prudent and Hugh Gallagher-Prudent stood under rows of hanging pink flowers that were topped with toy flamingos. They had been together for 19 years, but got married 12 years ago when gay marriage was legalized in New York City.
In 2011, “we literally ran to City Hall to make sure people were not changing their mind. It’s been an amazing life,” said Prudent, who was dressed in a blue kilt and a flowy white top that he said he bought from Amazon for the occasion.
The two first met in 2003 on the streets of New York City, where Prudent said he approached Gallagher-Prudent and asked him out for a drink. Three months later, Gallagher-Prudent was cooking dinner in their apartment when Prudent pulled out a ring and proposed.
“We wanted to renew our vows and be around people who are doing exactly the same thing. People are happy and smiling and we are just sharing one thing tonight: love,” said Prudent. He added that they will renew their vows again next year in Ireland, where Gallagher-Prudent is from.