Wrigley Mansion throws $60K wedding for same-sex couplePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The Wrigley Mansion threw a $60,000 wedding for free Thursday night.
It was part of the mansion's "I Do With a View" contest. One same-sex couple won the big wedding.
It was just a month ago that gay marriage was illegal in Arizona, but since that's changed, the Wrigley Mansion wanted to celebrate a same-sex couple.
"There was really a spark right away, and gosh, it's just grown and grown and grown every day since," said Madison Desoto.
Madison and Denise Desoto said their vows 3 1/2 years after they fell in love. They interviewed with the Wrigley Mansion for the contest, made it to the final round, and then swept the competition with an online vote. Once they were notified that they won, they learned the wedding would happen seven days later.
"It's been a whirlwind coming, a complete whirlwind. We've had only a few days to really plan everything from colors to the music to who we want in the wedding party to inviting everybody to get here," Madison Desoto said.
"This has been something in the works for quite a while here at the Wrigley Mansion," said General Manager Ben Sinon. "We've always felt that everyone should have the right to celebrate their love for each other."
The wedding came complete with food, cake and entertainment, but the wedding item with the greatest value at this $60,000 celebration was a simple piece of paper which carries so much weight for two women in love.
"Just looking at that wedding license and knowing it is valid and our relationship is just as equal, just as valid as anyone else's in AZ," Madison Desoto said.
"And I can put her on my insurance," Denise Desoto added.
The Royal Palms Resort also gifted the couple a night in its villa suites.