A year ago, Mark and Sarah Wiedefeld had a wedding anniversary and planned a big wedding.
They were thrilled to get married.
The couple had met in 2009, when Sarah was still in high school and Mark was just a freshman in college.
They met at a music-related conference in Kansas City and were engaged in February 2010.
But that’s when Sarah discovered Mark was gay.
“I had a moment of surprise, which was really funny,” Sarah said.
“We were sitting there, laughing and just having a conversation, and I told him, ‘You know, I’ve been dating this guy for a year and I’ve gotten to know him, and it’s like, wow, you’re so funny.'”
The couple said their wedding was a total hit.
But Sarah said Mark has remained supportive, even after he came out.
“When he saw that I was coming out and that I had the courage to do it, he’s been really supportive and I think it’s just the best thing that could have happened for him,” Sarah Wiefeld said.
Sarah and Mark were married last month at the Cathedral of St. James in New Orleans, where Mark’s mother, Helen, was a parishioner.
Mark and his mother have known each other for more that 30 years.
“He’s been my husband since I was 12 years old,” Mark said.
Mark Wiedegfeld is pictured here in 2011 at a wedding ceremony in Kansas.
Mark said Sarah’s wedding was also a hit.
“It was like we had a second family that he was proud of and I was proud to be part of that family,” he said.
But Mark and her family were not the only ones to celebrate.
Sarah Wieseld said she has received a lot of positive comments from Mark and others since the announcement of Mark’s orientation.
“People are very supportive of the news that I’ve come out to him, but I’ve also been receiving a lot more messages about the outpouring of love from the community, and people are saying they love you so much and I want to thank you for all that you’ve done for me and my family,” Sarah wrote on Facebook.
Mark has been out to a number of gay-friendly venues in New York City, including a few gay bars.
Mark, Sarah, and other gay people who’ve been on the same page with Mark have also met and had dinner with Mark at a local restaurant.
Sarah said she doesn’t feel like Mark has changed.
“In the past year I’ve really had to put up with a lot, and now I think he’s just become a lot better at it,” Sarah explained.
“There’s been so much going on in my life, and Mark has given me a lot.”