[Photos: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography]
For Dustin Reeser, 35, and Spencer Stout, 32, their romance started at a Home Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah. After meeting the night before at a party hosted by Spencer, the two walked the aisles of the big box hardware store so that Dustin could impress his new admirer with his wood. (Dustin, a designer, wanted to show Spencer the materials he used to build a table in his Los Angeles home.) While the date ended with Dustin headed back to L.A., the romance had been sparked.
“We’ve been seeing each other pretty much ever since,” Spencer said. Eventually, Dustin moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to his boyfriend.
Two years later, their relationship came full circle when Spencer decided to throw a flash mob proposal for Dustin.
“I wanted to do something really fun and special,” Spencer said. Thanks to the encouragement of his friends, Spencer began planning what would become a viral sensation on YouTube.
Three months later, on August 30, 2013, Dustin was guided down the lumber aisle of Home Depot where he would be surprised with a mob of friends and family members dancing to Betty Who’s “Somebody Loves You.”
“If I am good to you, will you be good to me?” read a sign Spencer held as he walked out to greet his future husband. The lyric from Who’s song was hardly a question, as it was clear Dustin was going to say yes.
Eleven million views later, Dustin and Spencer’s engagement turned Who into a star and the couple into a media sensation. The attention also resulted in something truly unexpected: A call from a casting agent who asked if they wanted to get married on TV.
On Sunday, January 26, in front of 28 million people, Dustin and Spencer got married at 2014 Grammy Awards. The magical TV moment was greeted with adoration and celebration. “Congratulations,” said Beyoncé as she looked Spencer directly in the eyes.
While the couple’s big moment happened on stage with Queen Latifah officiating, Dustin and Spencer still wanted to have an intimate ring ceremony.
Back in Utah, where gay marriage became legal in December of last year, the two exchanged pipe cut titanium rings on February 1 in front of their closest friends and family. Despite coming from two families of devout Mormons, nearly everyone was in attendance to celebrate the love and mutual respect for Dustin and Spencer.
While Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, and Madonna sang the soundtrack on the Grammy stage, it was Betty Who who provided the fitting touch at the ceremony. The singer, accompanied by her boyfriend on guitar, sang an acoustic version of “Somebody Loves You” as two mothers walked their sons down the aisle.
“Betty was virtually there with us when it all started and was there with us in person as a part of the culmination of it all,” Spencer said. “It was just so freakin’ cool!”