gay marriage proposal

This past weekend we had a Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook signing scheduled at Williams-Sonoma Mazza Gallerie in Washington, DC.

Just another chance to get together with our friends in the nation’s capital and gossip about Sharon Springs, right?

Nope. Something special was in store. Literally.

Now we’ve had a lot of out-of-the-ordinary happenings at our happenings. The occasional block-long model walk. A meeting that led to a meeting that led to an audition to appear on The Amazing Race. Hecklers. Fainting. And thousands of awkward “Oops…the camera was on video” videos.

But nothing tops this past weekend’s book signing.

The evening before we got an email from a guy named Jay explaining that when he was at a low point in his life, he started watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys. The show prompted him to make some changes, and shortly afterwards he met a guy named Kevin. They fell in love, watched a lot of Beekman Boys together, and fell in love some more.

In his email, he had a special request for us. Since we’d played such a big part in Jay and Kevin’s relationship, Jay asked if we’d do him a favor at the signing. His plan was that he would lead Kevin up to the table, hand Josh the camera to take a picture of them together at the signing, and then…well….why don’t you just watch for yourself:

Okay…so we didn’t capture the sound well. But it was a beautiful proposal. You don’t have to take our word for it though…


There wasn’t a dry eye in the line:


And why do we love Williams-Sonoma so much? Because before the proposal was even over, the store manager had a complimentary engagement present ready to hand to them…already gift-wrapped! Now that’s customer service!


Brent, myself, Farmer John, the goats, PolkaSpot, Bubby, Jolene, Faintly & Every Living Thing at Beekman 1802 Farm wish Kevin and Jay many many happy years together. Won’t you do the same in the comment section below?


by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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Chef Terri

My husband and I will be celebrating 25 years together on May 6. I hope love follows you all as it has for us. The years together grow sweeter. Best of love and luck to you both.

Riccardo Velez

Congratulations!!!!!!That is wonderful Kevin and Jay !!!! I love you guys!!!!May your engagement bring you a wonderful marriage!!!May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements
a marriage should bring,
and may life grant you also patience, tolerance and
May you always need one another
not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know
your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain
towering over it.
So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!”
and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take
the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of
one another’s presence
no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you
are side by side,
and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even
distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one
another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another!


What a wonderful and romantic moment, brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations and best wishes to the happpy couple. Just another example of the good that comes from being loving and compassionate people like you Beekman Boys. That is the ultimate produce we should all strive to reap. Your the best farmers ever, hands down!


The very best of times are a head of you both. May you fill each other with all the love you have for one another today.

Sending great thoughts your way from the shores of Provincetown, MA….A.A.W. and S.L. A.


Congrats and best wishes for a long, happy and fulfilling relationship! Too sweet! My husband and I will also be celebrating 25 years this June! May you both be as happy as we have been!

Mary Feltman

Oh, congratulations, you two!!! How sweet! How romantic!! My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary on June 5th…I pray, “Such as I have, give I unto thee.” and wish you the loving, lasting lives together that we have had!

Sonja Norman

How wonderful is that, congratulations to both and many happy years together.:-)

Sue Flansburg

Kevin & Jay..Congradulations may you two have a wonderful long, loving life together!


Congratulations to you both. True love is hard to find and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Josh and Brent, thanks for sharing this joyful event with all of us.

Marian Luther

What a wonderful love story! Here’s to your future, Jay and Kevin, filled with more love and new adventures!

Barbara Klinman

So blessed to have found each other – I’m married 46 years on 4/1 and I highly recommend it! I’m fighting for your National rights – legal in your state, AND in the nation. Keep setting a good example. Love, Barbara in PA


I’m so thrilled you shared your story with us, Jay & Kevin. Much love to you both and many years of happiness!

Cathy Runkle

Kevin & Jay, Wonderful, Beautiful, and Wishing you many Happy Memories in the years ahead! You two are certainly off to a Fantastic Start! Congratulations!

Delia D.

Aw shucks, Jay and Kevin: sniff sniff! That was so lovely. Hope you two have the most beautiful wedding imaginable and a wonderful marriage, filled with many special moments and happiness. (And, it’s okay to go to bed mad, if you wake up happy.)