“As we were waiting for the justice of the peace, a gay dwarf couple emerged from the wedding chapel, dressed in tuxedo and bridal gown”. That was the inspiration for several visits in 2011 and 2012 to the newly renovated Manhattan Marriage Bureau where couples purchase a wedding license for $35., and the ceremony costs $25. On June 24, 2011 the State of New York enacted legislation to permit same sex marriage. With no residency requirement, the Marriage Bureau became a hub for same sex marriages. This series of images presents unusual impressions of the non traditional “Wedding Day”. The diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds blend in the institutional setting of the Marriage Bureau. Filled with excitement, humor, joy, and frustration, the newlyweds and their families provide the background for an exciting opportunity in documentary photography. The project came to an abrupt end when the photographer was escorted from the premises by a police office.