In 1999, when Tracy Nash and Stacey Pratt were taking a sixth grade math class at Hudson Falls Middle School in Hudson Falls, NY, Tracy Nash and Stacey Pratt bonded over a shared appreciation for Pokémon cards.
Everyone was shy, fearful, and introverted and became best friends.
After high school, they attended SUNY Adirondack, a community college in Queensbury, NY. Ms. Nash completed the two-year program with an associate degree in humanities; Ms. Pratt, weakened by social anxiety, moved home without a degree. Ms. Nash then went to SUNY Plattsburgh for a teacher training course but was unable to complete the program.
“I was concerned and missed Stacey, so I moved home,” said Ms. Nash, 33, a content editor at Gracenote, a television programming company owned by Nielsen. “We saw each other the whole time. We’d cuddle and kiss, but we never talked about it. “
In May 2012, Ms. Nash had a realization. “I didn’t know I was gay, but I was in love with her,” she said. “That evening I sent Stacey a long text message telling her everything and that we would never have to talk about it again if she disagreed with what I said.”
Mrs. Pratt preferred not to talk about it at the time.
“I never understood relationships; being in one made me nervous, ”said Ms. Pratt, 32, who also works as a content editor at Gracenote. “I had feelings that I didn’t understand. I was afraid of losing the friendship if it didn’t work out. “
For the next two years, Ms. Nash remained silent about her feelings. In May 2014, the two were at a Burger King when Ms. Nash brought up their relationship.
This time Mrs. Pratt agreed to talk about it.
“She was right,” said Ms. Pratt. “I’ve had time to find out what it means to love someone and be in a relationship. I wanted one with her. “
Their relationship developed quickly. The couple moved in together a month later.
One suggestion came on October 10, 2016 at New York Comic Con, the annual comic and gaming convention at the Javits Center. Ms. Nash got on one knee while the two went through the show. They wore medieval costumes and portrayed two main characters from their favorite video game, Tales of Zestiria.
“We’ve always been together, I wanted us to always be together,” said Ms. Nash. “When I took out the ring, she said ‘yes’ and started crying.”
A year passed. Then another. There was no celebration.
“We’d talk about the wedding every few months, but planning one is overwhelming and stressful,” said Ms. Pratt. “We kept postponing it.”
Then, last May, while Ms. Nash was on social media, she spotted an ad for Let Love Bloom, a 24-hour wedding marathon that will take place over Pride weekend on Matrimony Hill at the Beekman 1802 farm in Sharon Springs, NY , held 30 couples were married.) The $ 100 fee included an officer and a photographer.
“We loved being part of something during Pride where so much love happened in one place,” said Ms. Nash. The wedding was also about overcoming personal difficulties. “I finally accept myself. It’s been a tough journey emotionally, ”she said. “I’ve always been very masculine. I recently felt brave enough to come to terms with it. “
At 12:25 p.m. on June 26, the brides stood in a rainbow stained glass house created by artist Tom Fruin and were married to David Washburn, a local Sharon Springs wedding official who was ordained by American Marriage Ministries.
“Tracy is my favorite person,” said Ms. Pratt. “She is my rock and my safe place. She supports me, calms me down and addresses my fear and chronic pain. Despite all my mistakes, it is always there. “
Mrs. Nash felt similar feelings for Mrs. Pratt. “I love the way she makes me feel about myself,” she said. “She loves me when I have trouble loving myself. She is the other half of my heart. “