9 Couples Who Got Married Today, Because Love Is Still A Thing

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
I was born and raised in New York City, the epicenter of that liberal bubble everyone is so fond of talking about this week. I supported Hillary Clinton. I saw her victory as a foregone conclusion. As I watched the electoral map turn overwhelmingly red on Tuesday night, I felt a range of emotions. None of them were good.
But as I try to figure out how to go forward, there's one thing I am trying to remember: Love is actually all around us. Did I steal that line from a movie? Possibly. But right now, I need it to be true.
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So to make sure that it is, we went to the happiest, most loving place we could think of: The Marriage Bureau in downtown Manhattan. There, we met 9 couples who had just tied the knot. Click through to see the photos and read their sweet messages of love, respect, and hope — three things we could all use more of right now.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Amanda & Daniel

"[The election] has been a damper, but we decided to infuse a little love into the situation. Love is what keeps us together. It’s hate that divides us and we’ve got to keep loving and love each other."
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Brittany & Hector

"It’s important to remember that love is the most important thing. Spread love."
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Athanasia & John

"Anything that unifies people is great. Love really trumps hate. This is what it really means."
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Nana & Martin

"Love is all we have. Just hold onto it."
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Photographed by Rachel Cabitt.
Aoife & Tony

"She really is the missing piece of my jigsaw puzzle."
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Photographed by Rachel Cabitt.
Huang & Gao

"After 10 years, it just feels natural. We come from China, where we cannot get married, so it’s a special and symbolic thing to do. November 11 is a special day in China and today is 11/11 in China."
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Photographed by Rachel Cabitt.
Jadalynne & Alex

"The world needs some love. We have ours, so that works for me."
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Photographed by Rachel Cabitt.
Eric & Natalie

"Love is magical. You can’t find love everywhere. When you finally find the right person, make sure you keep them."
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Photographed by Rachel Cabitt.
Verena & Tom

"Love is a really special thing. When you find it, you feel very lucky."
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