First Thursday: Allen R. Ansell Photography 

Not everybody's wedding photos are historic. These are.

Allen R. Ansell

Not everybody's wedding photos are historic. These are.

When same-sex couples were allowed to legally marry for the first time in Idaho on Oct. 15, 2014, it caught Allen R. Ansell's photographic eye. He set up a small studio of lights and a clean backdrop at Boise City Hall, offering to take complimentary wedding photos for couples freshly wed by Council President Maryanne Jordan.

On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 5, Ansell will display the portraits from that historic day at his studio in the Alaska Building (1020 Main St.).

"I thought, 'This makes a really good story,'" Ansell told Boise Weekly.

When designing the exhibit, he decided he wanted to show the whole story. He contacted other photographers and put together a collection of images from the crowd and demonstrators who surrounded the impromptu wedding ceremonies.

The evening's event includes snacks and wine, as well as complementary portraits. After the exhibit comes off the walls, Ansell will provide the prints to the city of Boise for historical archiving.

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