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April 26, 2013

Witness to History: More Details on Our Civil Union Coverage


Eric and I have been stoked by the reaction to our most recent post about our coverage of the May 1 Civil Union events in Denver. We know there are a lot of passionate people out there but when our original post started to go viral, we knew we had struck a chord. Rather than wax poetic about how much we love covering events like this or how a group of people is finally getting closer to a basic civil right – Eric eloquently spoke about that in his first post – this one will be more informative about how we plan to execute our coverage.

We hope to be at the McNichols Civic Center Building early on the evening of April 30 to see what’s going on at One Colorado’s Civil Soirée. We’ll also check out the goings on at in Civic Center Park and, as things heat up and the clock ticks toward midnight, we’ll move to the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, home of the Denver County Clerk and Recorder’s office. This is where the first Civil Unions in Colorado History will take place. The clerk’s office has planned extended hours and will be open from 12:01 a.m. to 3 a.m. on May 1. The office will open again for regular hours at 8 a.m. and, yes, we plan to be there for that as well.

Throughout the night we’ll be getting photos of the festivities, first kisses, tears of joy and whatever unfolds before our lenses. Our goal is to make these photos available to those celebrating their Civil Unions free of charge. And how do you access these photos, you may ask? Through the magic of technology we will upload the images to our website and you’ll be able to download them to use as a memory of the historic occasion.

To be sure we don’t miss your Civil Union, we recommend you contact us beforehand. However, if you don’t contact us, feel free to tap us on the shoulder while at the event – here’s what we look like. Just ask and we’ll be happy – and honored – to make photos of your big day.

(Above: Jun, left, gets Dave with his bite of cake at their wedding reception in Longmont.)

Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.