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Kate Wrede wipes a tear away as her (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Kate Wrede wipes a tear away as her parents read her a blessing during her wedding ceremony. (July 24, 2011)

Inside LI same-sex couple's wedding

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith of Patchogue were among the first same-sex couples on Long Island to be legally wed.

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, sign a waiver
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, sign a waiver to obtain a marriage license in North Hempstead. (July 23, 2011)

Dee Smith signs a waiver to obtain a
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Dee Smith signs a waiver to obtain a marriage license in North Hempstead. (July 23, 2011)

Kate and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, hold each
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Kate and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, hold each other's hands during their wedding ceremony in Westbury. They are among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in New York.

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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith wrap themselves in
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith wrap themselves in a blanket as part of their wedding ceremony. (July 24, 2011)

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith hold hands during
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith hold hands during their wedding ceremony at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury. (July 24, 2011)

Kate and Dee Smith give each other a
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Kate and Dee Smith give each other a kiss after being presented with their wedding cake. (July 24, 2011)

Kate and Dee Smith were presented with their
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Kate and Dee Smith were presented with their wedding cake from TLC's "Cake Boss." (July 24, 2011)

Dee Smith, left, poses with her sister, Jess
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Dee Smith, left, poses with her sister, Jess Smith, at Old Westbury Gardens on Saturday. Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Dee married her partner Kate Wrede. (July 23, 2011)

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Kate Wrede helps her father, Walter Wrede, with
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Kate Wrede helps her father, Walter Wrede, with his flowers at Old Westbury Gardens. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, on right, and
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, on right, and their wedding party watch Kate's father, Walter Wrede, open a bottle as the party bus takes them to Old Westbury Gardens for formal photos. (July 23, 2011)

Kate and Dee Smith look into each others'
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Kate and Dee Smith look into each others' eyes as Rabbi Lev Baesh explains how this is more intimate than the kiss at the end of the ceremony at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury. (July 24, 2011)

Justice Darrell Gavrin, of State Supreme Court in
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Justice Darrell Gavrin, of State Supreme Court in Queens takes a photo of Rabbi Lev Baesh, left, Kate Wrede and Dee Smith. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede wipes a tear away as her
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Kate Wrede wipes a tear away as her parents read her a blessing during her wedding ceremony. (July 24, 2011)

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Bride-to-be Kate Wrede, right, laughs at Dee Smith
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Bride-to-be Kate Wrede, right, laughs at Dee Smith while she and her parents, Walter and Beth Wrede ,wait to leave for formal photos, at Old Westbury Gardens. (July 23, 2011)

Kate and Dee Smith give each other a
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Kate and Dee Smith give each other a kiss as they leave their wedding ceremony at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury. Kate and Dee Smith are among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in New York. (July 24, 2011)

Kate Wrede, 21, helps her father, Walter Wrede,
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Kate Wrede, 21, helps her father, Walter Wrede, with his flowers while having photos taken at Old Westbury Gardens on Saturday. (July 23, 2011)

As a token of good luck the father
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As a token of good luck the father of the bride, Walter Wrede, tapes a penny on the bottom of his daughter Kate's shoe Saturday. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede, middle, tells Dee Smith, left, how
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Kate Wrede, middle, tells Dee Smith, left, how cute she looks while she and the wedding party wait to leave for photos at the Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury. (July 23, 2011)

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Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith, of Patchogue
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Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith, of Patchogue get silly during formal portraits at Old Westbury Gardens. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith, of Patchogue,
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Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, posed for formal portraits at Westbury Gardens. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede stands with her bridal party: bridesmaids
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Kate Wrede stands with her bridal party: bridesmaids Allison Longo, far left, and Nicole Cusano, and maid of honor Samantha Veccia, right, all of Medford. (July 23, 2011)

Dee Smith, middle, stand with her
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Dee Smith, middle, stand with her "Dee's Men;" her sister, Jess Smith, left, and her brother Zak Smith, right. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, who
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, who plan to be among the first same-sex couples to legally be married on Long Island, walk in Old Westbury Gardens for formal portraits. (July 23, 2011)

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Maid of honor Samantha Veccia, left, of Medford,
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Maid of honor Samantha Veccia, left, of Medford, helps Kate Wrede adjust her dress before taking photos in her hotel room at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury. (July 23, 2011)

Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, tries on her
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Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, tries on her wedding gown at Village Bridal & Boutique in Babylon. (July 6, 2011)

Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, gets a 360-degree
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Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, gets a 360-degree view of her wedding gown at Village Bridal & Boutique in Babylon as she stands during alterations. (July 6, 2011)

Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, tries on a
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Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, tries on a pair of earrings to wear with her gown at Village Bridal & Boutique in Babylon. (July 6, 2011)

Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, tries on a
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Kate Wrede, 21, of Patchogue, tries on a wedding gown at Village Bridal & Boutique in Babylon. (July 6, 2011)

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Dee Smith, left, and Kate Wrede wave to
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Dee Smith, left, and Kate Wrede wave to Rabbi Lev Baesh for the first time using Skype to dicuss their wedding plans. (July 7, 2011)

Rabbi Lev Baesh, director of the Resource Center
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Rabbi Lev Baesh, director of the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy at www.Interfaithfamily.com, draws a photo of the wedding ceremony for Dee Smith and Kate Wrede to see on their computer while using Skype to discuss their plans. (July 7, 2011)

From their home in Patchogue, Dee Smith, left,
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From their home in Patchogue, Dee Smith, left, and Kate Wrede get to know Rabbi Lev Baesh via Skype. It was a challenge for the couple to find a rabbi who would agree to marry a same-sex couple and perform an interfaith marriage. (July 7, 2011)

Dee Smith, of Patchogue, is bride 1 on
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Dee Smith, of Patchogue, is bride 1 on this marriage license form. (July 8, 2011)

Kate Wrede, of Patchogue, is bride 2 on
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Kate Wrede, of Patchogue, is bride 2 on her marriage license form. She and her partner, Dee Smith, hope to be among the first same-sex couples to be legally married on Long Island. (July 8, 2011)

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Donna Lent, deputy town clerk of Brookhaven, far
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Donna Lent, deputy town clerk of Brookhaven, far left, explains to Kate Wrede, center, and Dee Smith of Patchogue, that the two are unable to file for a marriage license before July 24, 2011, the day the same-sex marriage law goes into effect. (July 8, 2011)

Kate Wrede, left, and partner Dee Smith, both
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Kate Wrede, left, and partner Dee Smith, both of of Patchogue, wait in line to file for a same-sex marriage license at the Town of Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville. (July 8, 2011)

One of Kate Wrede and Dee Smith's favorite
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One of Kate Wrede and Dee Smith's favorite pages in their scrapbook. (July 10, 2011)

Richie Pizza, owner of Rogers Tuxedos in Smithtown,
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Richie Pizza, owner of Rogers Tuxedos in Smithtown, explains the different tuxedo options to Dee Smith of Patchogue during her fitting for her upcoming wedding to Kate Wrede. (July 10, 2011)

Dee Smith of Patchogue gets a hand from
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Dee Smith of Patchogue gets a hand from Richie Pizza, owner of Rogers Tuxedos in Smithtown, as she suits up for her upcoming wedding to Kate Wrede. (July 10, 2011)

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Kate Wrede, with her partner Dee Smith, both
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Kate Wrede, with her partner Dee Smith, both of Patchogue, file for a same-sex marriage license at the Town of Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 8, 2011)

At Rogers Tuxedos in Smithtown, Dee Smith, in
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At Rogers Tuxedos in Smithtown, Dee Smith, in tuxedo, asks her fiancee, Kate Wrede how she looks. (July 10, 2011)

Dee Smith of Patchogue tries on a tuxedo
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Dee Smith of Patchogue tries on a tuxedo for the first time at Rogers Tuxedos in Smithtown. She is being fitted for her upcoming wedding to Kate Wrede. (July 10, 2011)

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, plan
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, plan to be among the first same-sex couples who will legally be married on Long Island. (July 10, 2011)

Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, plan
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Kate Wrede and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, plan to be among the first same-sex couples who legally marry on Long Island. Smith proposed to Wrede on May 5, 2011 during a walk and Wrede was entirely surprised. (July 10, 2011)

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Dee Smith, right, of Patchogue, twirls her fiancee,
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Dee Smith, right, of Patchogue, twirls her fiancee, Kate Wrede, at one of their favorite places to visit: the Bluff at the end of Old Dock Road in Smithtown. (July 10, 2011)

Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith plan to
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Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith plan to be among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in New York. Smith proposed to Wrede on May 5, 2011, to Wrede's total surprise. (July 10, 2011)

Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith of Patchogue
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Kate Wrede, left, and Dee Smith of Patchogue take a walk along the Bluff at the end of Old Dock Road in Smithtown. The two have known each other for four years and have been dating for three. (July 10, 2011)

Kate Wrede of Patchogue plans on wearing this
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Kate Wrede of Patchogue plans on wearing this headpiece from Christie Lauren's soft metal collection called Spring Bouquet at her wedding. The piece is made from imported wires from France and Swarovski crystals and handmade porcelain flowers. (July 10, 2011)

Kate Wrede of Patchogue tries on a pair
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Kate Wrede of Patchogue tries on a pair of earrings from one of the vendors at The Wedding Company in Manhasset. Since she doesn't plan on wearing a necklace with her dress, she would like to get a pair of long earrings. (July 10, 2011)

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At a fitting in Manhasset, Christie Lauren helps
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At a fitting in Manhasset, Christie Lauren helps bride Kate Wrede of Patchogue decide what type of headpiece and veil she might like for her upcoming wedding. (July 10, 2011)

Designer Christie Lauren laughs as Kate Wrede of
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Designer Christie Lauren laughs as Kate Wrede of Patchogue can't believe how she looks in the Double Renn headpiece, which retails for $1,800, during a fitting in Manhasset. (July 10, 2011)

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