Read the touching story behind a rainbow that suddenly appeared at this gay wedding

Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Scott Bixby kissing in front of a rainbow at their wedding

Broadway actor Andrew Keenan-Bolger married Daily Beast writer Scott Bixby in a New York wedding this weekend.

Walking down the aisle, they captured a beautiful moment in front of a rainbow adorning the sky. The moment and imagery, however, was symbolic for more reasons than a gay wedding.

Keenan-Bolger shared the story of what the rainbow meant to him — as well as the grief of losing his mother — on Instagram.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Scott Bixby kissing at their wedding
Kiss by a rainbow | Photo: Instagram @keenanblogger

This story will tug on those heartstrings

Here is Keenan-Bolger’s full caption:

When I was sixteen, my mom passed away from cancer. The next year, at my sister Maggie’s graduation, a giant rainbow appeared in the sky. My aunt remarked that my mom often showed up for her in rainbows. At the time, my sisters and I kind of brushed it off, but at Celia’s wedding a few years later, right as she began reading her vows, a rain shower broke out of nowhere, creating a huge rainbow over the ceremony site.

He wondered if the same would happen on his big day.

This weekend, as I got ready to marry @Scottbix— the most handsome, sensitive, brilliant man I know — I joked that I was going to be pissed if he hadn’t arranged for a rainbow to show up.

As we were getting into our suits, I was hit by a wave of sadness. Although it was without a doubt one of the happiest days of my life, it was hard knowing that someone really important to me wasn’t going to be there for our big day.

Then it happened.

But right as we were about to walk down the aisle, the clear blue sky became cloudy and a sudden burst of rain showered over the field where we were having our ceremony. I noticed everyone pointing behind us and we turned around to see a huge rainbow that had formed across the sky.

I can’t say I’m a very religious or even spiritual person, but in that moment, I felt taken care of. Marrying Scott this weekend was one of the great moments of my life. It was magical getting to be surrounded by the people we love, and I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life with such a beautiful person.

Oh, and the song that played as we walked down the aisle? Rainbow Connection.

A perfect day

Bixby also shared a beautiful photo from the big day, writing: ‘Whatever I am, I am entirely yours, for all the days of my life.’

NPR’s Ari Shapiro officiated the ceremony for his two friends.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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