Then they realized the difference: the shoes: Waters is a 9 1/2 and Voecks is 12 1/2 .
6:20 p.m.: The sandwiches for pre-wedding snacks were late but the guests were on time. Dozens of friends, including Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, the only same-sex couple married Monday night in Los Angeles County, streamed into the corporate garden park in Studio City where Voecks and Waters would be married.
"We're finally equal," Tyler said. "The state sees us like equal citizens."
With two hundred guests waiting in their last-minute wedding locale, Waters adjusted Voecks' lavender tie and said sheepishly, "You're actually marrying me."
At 7 p.m. sharp, Waters and Voecks -- with Peggy escorting them arm in arm -- started down their sidewalk aisle to a grassy hill.
Instead of "Here Comes the Bride", a friend started singing "Here Come the Guys."
Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) greeted the wedding party.
"There would be a footnote," said Feuer, a family friend who agreed to officiate, referring to their previous options of marrying in Massachusetts or abroad. "but not here, not today in California."
Feuer then bowed and asked Peggy Waters, "Who gives these men to be married?"
"I do, with the happiest of hearts," she responded.
The vows were traditional, ending with the exchange of "I do."
"By the authority invested in me, by the state of California," Feuer said, "you, Paul Anthony Waters, and you, Kevin Roderick Voecks, are now legally married."
So, at 7:14 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008, their 15-year wait ended.
If the vows were traditional, other moments were not.
Instead of flowers, they threw a Speedo to the single men and a flannel shirt to the single women; the grooms had concealed the tongue-in-cheek stereotypical clothing under their clothing.
"This time the gays aren't off the hook," Waters told the crowd.
Shortly after 9 p.m. it was off to a country-western bar, Oil Can Harry's -- the final leg in the wedding day marathon. Their black Mercedes, marked in white shoe polish, bore a message on the back window: "Just married! It's never too late when the day arrives."