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Wykoff Women Among First in MN to Marry

Posted at: 07/31/2013 6:25 PM



(ABC 6 NEWS) -- In a matter of hours, the transition from banning gay marriage to allowing it in Minnesota, will be complete. After midnight, same sex couples will be able to tie the knot. A local couple will be among the first in the whole state to marry. The Wykoff pair will exchange vows at Mall of America’s Chapel of Love.

Holli Bartelt and Amy Petrich say Thursday can't come soon enough. They were happy with just the ability to get married in Minnesota; but the idea of being the first same sex couple in the state to get married makes it that much more exciting.

“At Last” by Etta James, is a song that Holli Bartelt and Amy Petrich says fits perfectly with their journey.

It's the melody that will be playing as they walk down the aisle.

"It's going to be like emotional. I mean the connection I have with her is like nothing I’ve ever had," said Holli Bartelt.

Holli and Amy have been dating for two years, and just less than a year ago, they got engaged.

"I thought I was going to propose to her, but she ended up proposing to me," said Amy Petrich.

Holli popped the question on her own birthday in a photo booth at the Mall of America.

"I gave myself a good gift, " said Bartelt.

At the time, the engaged couple didn't know if a wedding in Minnesota was going to happen.

"Because I’m from Iowa, we thought about oh we could go there and get married," said Bartelt.

But with the passage of the gay marriage amendment, they can now tie the knot in Amy's home state.

“It’s exciting, yeah I think so too, because it is a moment in history,” said the couple.

Just when they thought nothing could be better. They got a call from the Chapel of Love at Mall of America.

"Erin contacted us and said I immediately thought of you guys we're in the early stages of planning the first same sex wedding, so we were both like what, yeah we said we would be honored," said the couple.

Since then, everything has fell into place.

"We were shopping for her because she wants to wear a suit and there was like one dress hanging and I was like I’m just going to try it on it's a size smaller, but I’ll try it on anyways and it fit and I was like ah," said Bartelt.

Holli's two kids will be dressed in the colors that signify freedom to marry, and as for the brides to be, "just hoping everything goes smoothly and we don't fall in our four inch heels," they said.

ABC 6 News will there at midnight to capture Holli and Amy's historic moment. We'll have updates on Facebook and Twitter and of course tomorrow morning on ABC 6 News Good Morning at 5.