Nearly 100 same-sex couples marry in largest state ceremony

FARMINGDALE - About 100 same-sex couples said "I do" today during a mass wedding ceremony in Farmingdale.

The mass ceremony took place at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. The ceremony was held at Bethpage State Park, and was the largest same-sex marriage event in New York State.

Judith Adessa and Sandra Krac, of Southold, have waited 31 years for the day when they could legally tie the knot. When it was their turn to take the long-awaited walk down the aisle today, both brides say they were nervous.

"We feel such a sense of belonging to the community, and we feel so important now in New York State," Adessa says.

Steve Carl, the owner of the catering hall Carlyle on the Green, hosted the massive reception for free for the couples, while wedding planner Andrew Scott and his staff made sure every detail was perfect for the big day.

Guests who attended the reception had to pay a small fee.

For footage from the mass wedding ceremony, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

New Hyde Park catering hall providing free same-sex weddings

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