Stefan Piscitelli and Samuel Bolivar logged onto their wedding — a virtual courthouse ceremony — from their D.C. apartment on June 28. The upside, they say, to making it official over the internet was that some 50 family members and friends could tune in from around the world.
The couple met two and a half years ago in a Los Angeles gym and took what Piscitelli called “a big leap of faith” in deciding to quarantine together. They then drove across the country to Provincetown, where Piscitelli runs his Outermost Yoga studio, and where the two now spend part of their time.
Their nuptials were, Piscitelli said, “shotgun-style” — for reasons related to the recent Supreme Court rulings. “Our decision to get married was both spontaneous and pragmatic,” he said, adding that the two are concerned about whether same-sex marriage will remain legal in the U.S., given that the recently overturned right to abortion was built on a similar legal argument as the right to gay marriage.
Getting married now was at least partly, Piscitelli said, “in order to protect ourselves, and not fight a harder fight down the line.”
Piscitelli, who writes the astrology column for the Independent, pointed out a more auspicious circumstance under which the pair wed. June 28 brought a new Moon in Cancer, a celestial sign of growth, rebirth, and new beginnings.
Friends in Provincetown are hopeful that in-person celebrations will follow. Piscitelli and Bolivar’s wedding invitation promised further festivities “depending on pandemic/economy/civil rights rollbacks/climate change/gas prices.”