A Simple, Intimate Wedding at Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California

Jerrold Blackwell (28, a retail manager) and Drew Blackwell (28, a filmmaker) met each other online and went on their first date to a Japanese curry h

Jerrold Blackwell (28, a retail manager) and Drew Blackwell (28, a filmmaker) met each other online and went on their first date to a Japanese curry house in Pasadena, California. A year later, Jerrod moved in with Drew and they started to make plans to move to Boston, Massachusetts together. Drew had grown up in Thailand, and every time he went back he would bring Jerrold another engraved ring that would be added to his necklace. Just as they were about to make their move to Boston, Jerrold proposed to Drew in front of a large group of mutual friends with one of the rings. The couple got married at the Beverly Hills Courthouse, with an intimate gathering of eight loved ones. Jerrod and Drew had waited to get married until they legally could in the state of California, so they wanted to know the state was supportive of their union by getting married in the courthouse. For the wedding day, Jerrold wore all Ted Baker attire and Drew was dressed in Top Man. With no chosen color palette for themselves or their family, Jerrold and Drew both picked out their suits separately and actually ended up coordinating by chance! “We're two men of different races from very different backgrounds,” says Drew. “Without a "blueprint" telling us what to do, we were free to design our day however we pleased. No gender-normative or stereotypical elements, just love.”

The couple left the house with their suits on, ready for their wedding day.
The grooms held hands as they made their way to the wedding ceremony at the Beverly Hills Courthouse.
Jerrold wore a blue and burnt orange patterned shirt with his gray suit, all designed and purchased from  Ted Baker.
Happy Couple Sitting in Vehicle
Jerrold and Drew stood in front of the Beverly Hills Courthouse sign where they were officially married.
Kissing on Wooden Bench in Courthouse
Jerrold and Drew joined their hands in matrimony underneath the green garland archway decorated with ivory flowers.
Jerrold and Drew shared their first kiss as a married couple underneath the garland archway at the altar.
The officially married couple stood behind loved ones who attended their wedding ceremony. "We didn't have "colors" or a "palette"," says Drew. "Everyone wore what made them look and feel their best. That's what we wanted."
Artistic Backdrop Behind Kissing Couple
Post-Ceremony Ice Cream Date
After the wedding ceremony, the couple went to a local ice cream parlor and sat at a table outside, feeding each other ice cream.
Toasting to Officially Married Couple
The couple had two white elegant dishes that read "Just Married" in gold cursive.
The couple both held onto the cake serving set as they cut through their blue velvet wedding cake, topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh blueberries.