It’s kind of a big deal (apologies to Vice President Biden)

Today’s ceremonies continue until 5pm. From what I’m hearing, it sounds like a lot of couples are going on to private receptions or celebrations of their own.

Overheard: “There’s just too much emotion, over and over, I have to go home.”

That’s the truth, what a emotional day, for so many people who’ve waited so long for this moment. It’s a real privilege for City Hall to play host to these history-making events. Thanks to all the couples who chose to come here today.

And thanks to local artists and their teams, Jennifer Zeyl and Celeste Cooning, who created temporary art installations to provide a beautiful location for each couple’s big moment.

Overheard:”Can I please just get ONE picture of you NOT crying?”

More on outfits

I don’t mean to be obsessed with what people are wearing, but really, the range is very striking. I just saw a beautiful pair of brides in traditional white floor-length wedding dresses, low-cut backs and artful white satin ties drawing every eye in the room.

Then there are the bright striped sweaters and converse high-tops people, the black satin elegant people, the Uggs people — it’s so great to see people getting to be their own true selves.

Many variations of corsage, and I can see that people have been coached in how to hold them, so they aren’t photographed waving them around wildly, like certain City of Seattle bloggers I could mention.

Cupcake gift boxes for newlyweds

The range of ages here is beautiful too. I’ve seen babies in arms, toddlers in perfect little suits, angel girls in some kind of floaty gauzy fabric, and a gentleman who appears to be in some sort of full-dress Scottish outfit. I’m sure there’s a correct name for that.

Current musical choice: “If I fall in love/it will be forever…” No pressure, though, newlyweds, besides we know many of you have already been together for 6, 16, 26 and more years. Now that it’s happening, it seems crazy that it took so long, doesn’t it?

Yep, it’s a wedding day

Cheers erupt on the Grand Lobby as a couple in white suits recite vows. There are too many media people for me to get close but I do hear “I vow to love and protect you” and it’s obvious that it was the right decision not to wear mascara today.

Babies are screaming and squirming, elderly relatives are demanding what just happened, people of both sexes are wiping their eyes — it’s definitely a wedding day!