It was a glorious day on Saturday for singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and “Nurse Jackie" creator Linda Wallem as the two married at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. The intimate wedding was part of an extended birthday celebration for the pair who celebrated their 53rd birthdays together on Thursday.
In a ceremony that was held outside, the newlyweds shared their special moment in front of family and select friends that included Jane Lynch, Rosie O’Donnell, Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler, and Peter Facinelli. Etheridge even sang an original song she wrote specifically for her new bride.
The vows shared by Etheridge and Wallem were not only a celebration of their love, it was also a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996. That’s when the couple announced their engagement and almost a year later the couple made true on a promise made right after the historic ruling.
In an interview in 2013, the “Come to My Window” singer told CNN, “It is about family and I love my four kids. I called my now fiancée. I’m looking forward to marrying my partner of three years we’ve been together. I’m going to get married in the state of California. I woke [the kids] up this morning telling them the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA…I love everybody out there. It’s a great day.”
All four children took part in the ceremony that took place in a lily garden under an arbor, surrounded by red and purple flowers. If the décor wasn’t perfect enough for the newly married pair, it was definitely the embrace of love the two sealed by symbolically saying, “I do.” Etheridge tweeted out a photo of her wedding and wrote, “True love…so blessed. ‘By the power invested in me by the state of California…’Thanks.” She later added how proud she was to be an American because her perfect was a declaration that “love is love.”