Bil Browning

Indy City Councilor & Partner Elope at Own Wedding

Filed By Bil Browning | October 21, 2013 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Christian Mosburg, eloping, Indianapolis, Indianapolis City-County Council, Karen Celestino-Horseman, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Zach Adamson

zach-adamson-christian-mosburg-invite.jpgThe best part about a wedding isn't the few minutes you stand together and take vows; it's in the stories that you're able to tell for years after the big event.

Indianapolis City-County Councilor Zach Adamson married his husband, Christian Mosburg, in Washington DC last weekend and they will have a fantastic anecdote to share on anniversaries. After all, nothing makes a better story than eloping at your own wedding.

The two can't be legally wed in Indiana, but they wanted former City-County Councilor (and Bilerico alumni) Karen Celestino-Horseman to perform the ceremony. Karen, however, isn't licensed by the District to perform a civil wedding. I am registered with the city so we cooked up a plan to help the gents have the wedding they wanted.

As the guests and family members started trickling into Meridian Hill Park, everyone gathered at the top of the cascade fountain. Shortly before the ceremony started, the three of us walked with Karen and Jerame to a little nook off to the side. Two "Do you take"s and one "By the authority invested in me by the District of Columbia..." later, I'd officially hitched the boys before the ceremony began with no one the wiser.

After we returned to the main area, Karen led a beautiful ceremony that had passersby stopping to watch and cheer when it was time for the grooms to kiss. The wedding was as simple and beautiful as Zach and Christian's love for each other and they had an immediate story to share when they explained why they had both a "celebrant" and an "officiant" on their wedding announcement.

Photos of the couple's first kiss as husbands, the elopement, and the grooms holding their marriage certificate are after the break along with video of the ceremony and Zach's speech about marriage equality.


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