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Under a New Moon

At midnight on June 1, 2011, Catalyst Ranch (in association with Anita Vaughan of Anita Weds, certified Life-Cycle Celebrant) celebrated the first day of legal civil unions for same sex couples in Chicago by uniting the very first six Illinois couples. The lucky couples won a free mini-wedding by entering the Under A New Moon contest.

The Mini-Wedding package included pampering before the big moment, a group civil union ceremony (with personalized, individual vows), followed by a reception for close family and friends. To be considered, couples were asked to submit their love story by expressing why their relationship is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime connection. Just as the new moon is a symbol of new beginnings and good fortune, the couples told us how their union would mark a new phase in their lives together.

Each couple received a complete wedding experience:

Overnight stay at Chicago Metro Crowne Plaza

Pampering before the big moment - hair & make-up services by Nika Vaughan

Flowers for brides and grooms by Pollen Floral

A group civil union ceremony- with personalized, individual vows performed by celebrant Anita Vaughan.

Catalyst Ranch reception for close family and friends

The reception included:

Appetizers by Entertaining Company

Sweet table by Luscious Layers

Wedding cake by The Bleeding Heart Bakery

Wedding Favors by Katherine Anne Confections

Wine by Mad Housewife Wine

Music and dancing - courtesy of Toast and Jam DJ

Photography by Jeremy Lawson Photography

Video by I Do Films

Photo booth courtesy of 312photobooth

Programs by Paper Stories

Wedding day coordination by SQN Events and Greatest Expectations

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