Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC

The Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q celebrated same-sex marriage in the State of New York yesterday, July 24th when two of the show's stars - same-sex puppets Rod and Ricky -- exchanged vows in tandem with their flesh and blood Brothers and Sisters (and straight couples, too!), who were married on the historic day of same-sex marriage in New York. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photo coverage below!

In attendance at the brief wedding ceremony was also AVENUE Q's Kate Monster, who served as Flower Girl. Also in attendance for the historic wedding ceremony will be AVENUE Q's Jennifer Barnhart, Jed Resnick and Howie Michael Smith.

The wedding was officiated by Amy Hausman, an All Peoples Wedding Officiant for the Starlight Rainbow Wedding Initiative.

Having met and fallen in love on stage 3,267 times since AVENUE Q opened on Broadway in 2003 before transferring to New World Stages two years ago, Rod and Ricky and the countless fans who love them are thrilled that they can celebrate their love and finally make their union official with the passage of the historic same-sex marriage law last month.

Now in its 9th year in New York -- and with productions in countries around the world -- AVENUE Q is a three-time Tony Award-winning musical about people and puppets fresh out of college in search of their purposes in life, living as neighbors in an outer-borough of New York City.

In AVENUE Q, Rod, a Wall Street banker, and Ricky, a "Chelsea boy," meet through an online personal ad placed by Rod's best friend and slacker roommate Nicky. It is love at first sight. And the rest is soon to become history!!

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Ricky and Rod Engagement Photos

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Ricky and Rod Engagement Photos

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Jennifer Barnhart, Jed Resnick, Howie Michael Smith with Rod, Ricky, and Maid of Honor Kate Monster

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Jennifer Barnhart, Jed Resnick, and Howie Michael Smith with a new happy couple

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Howie Michael Smith and Rod

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Jed Resnick and Ricky

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
There ceremony is performed by Amy Hausman of the Starlight Rainbow Wedding Initiative

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Ricky, Kate Monster, and Rod

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Jennifer Barnhart, Howie Michael Smith, Amy Hausman, and Jed Resnick

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Jennifer Barnhart, Howie Michael Smith, Amy Hausman, and Jed Resnick

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Kate Monster about to catch the bouquet

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
The official marriage certificate is presented to the puppets by Amy Hausman of the Starlight Rainbow Wedding Initiative

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Rod and Ricky give it their best Dirty Dancing pose outside the courthouse

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Rod offers up showtunes in the park

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
The newly married puppets show off their rings

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC
Congratulations Rod and Ricky!

Photo Coverage: AVENUE Q's Gay Couple 'Rod' & 'Ricky' Wed in NYC

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com