PHOTOS: College Sweethearts Say Vows So Softly, It’s Almost Like Praying


Freedom to Marry shared with us the story of Mario Pabón and Jason McAllister, a couple who met while at Ithaca College in upstate New York and got married on their seventh year anniversary on September 1, 2012.

Adding to the adorable factor of the wedding were Mario’s vows to Jason:

Seven years ago today, we watched West Side Story, and I made fun of María because when Tony said “I love you,” she just said “Yes” (pronounced “Jehs”) – by far the worst response to “I love you” ever.

Not even three hours later, when I told you “I love you,” you looked deep into my eyes and said “Jehs.” I should have known back then I would never be bored being around you.


I grew up in a house where perfect love and perfect trust was what defined the relationship between my parents. They met in high school, and just a few weeks ago, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. I saw such beauty in a relationship like the one my parents had. I thought that there could never be anything like their love.

Then you came into my life and changed everything. You showed me Love. You gave me Love. And seven years later, my heart still leaps when you walk into the room. I understand now that this is what my parents have.


So now, with this ring, I say: Do I promise to care for you, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse? Do I promise to never abandon you, and keep you with me, in my heart and soul, for this life and as many lives as there might or might not be after this? Do I promise to keep our love safe from all those who wish us harm? And do I promise to love and give you as much as you have loved and given me?

“Jehs.” I do.

You can see more photos of Mario and Jason’s wedding over at Freedom to Marry.

Photos: Merlardo Productions