Real Couples // Two Grooms Commit to Forever at the Rialto Theatre: Michael + Nicholas

Nicholas and I met the way most twenty-somethings meet these days: social media! We went to separate high schools but were both in theatre programs. Through state festivals we met a mutual friend from yet another school and then became friends on Facebook through him. I was living near Daytona Beach, and Nicholas was living in Tampa. After years of being friends online, I decided to drive down and meet him in person. We had a super casual first date at a Red Robin in the mall and we immediately connected so well. I quickly found myself commuting to and from Tampa sometimes two or three times a week to be together. After three short months, we moved in together, and have been together since.

The proposal was a complete surprise! Nicholas had been sharing all kinds of dream proposals with me for years, so I always thought I would be the one proposing to him. In February 2016, he decided that at Christmas he would be proposing. He told my family early on; to my surprise, no one spilled the secret! We were going to celebrate Christmas with my immediate family in Texas, and he knew it would mean a lot to me. He ordered a custom deer antler and ironwood ring that I’ve always wanted and had it delivered to my sister's house because he knows I’m nosey and I would have found it if it was in our apartment. On Christmas morning, my sister handed Nicholas a small gift box as if it was from her to him. She started filming him opening it and I was so confused... what could be so important? Then, I saw the wood-burned box and I knew what it was immediately. I said some embarrassing things on camera, followed by an emphatic “Yes!”

Words by Michael, one of the grooms, as told by Amber Marlow. Photos by Jennifer Maginness of Jennifer M Photography.

rialto theatre wedding custom starbucks cups reading "groom 4-14-2018"
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rialto theatre wedding ceremony in front of theatre curtains
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rialto theatre wedding couple holding hands staring at one another in front of brightly painted doors
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rialto theatre wedding cake with glitter "love" decal, blueberries, flowers, and macaroons topping
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rialto theatre wedding grooms cutting main cake on dessert table
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rialto theatre wedding couple feeding each other cake
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Venue | Rialto Theatre

Officiant | Scott Lortz

Wedding cake | Alessi Bakery

Catering | KD's Catering & Events

jennifer maginness photography


I am a wife, mother, and RN who found a creative outlet in photography. I quickly realized I loved the couples, engagements, and weddings, getting fully emotionally involved and loving every facet of their stories together. I'm a hopeless romantic who loves love in all forms! My style is clean, timeless, and warm, and I hope to reflect their love and their life in their photos.