Couple wins Scandinavian nuptials

CHAPEL HILL — Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler were among one of three recipients of SAS’s U.S. VisitSweden’s “Love is in the air” competition. They said their “I dos” with a commitment ceremony at the IceHotel in northern Sweden and a honeymoon package in Stockholm’s Hotel Skeppsholmen.

Winners of the prize had to beat out competition from over 300 couples across the globe in numbers of online votes received.

The win was made possible by grassroots support of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s LGBT publication, Lambda, that helped support their efforts and which spread outside the Carolinas. Kessler, a senior, is a content editor for the publication. Landreth graduated in May.

To see photos of the commitment ceremony, visit

Open audition dates set

DURHAM — The Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus (TGMC) has announced open auditions for all voice parts on Jan. 11, 18 and 25, 2011, from 6:45-9:15 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.

The selection process is relaxed, and no prepared pieces are required. Participants with no previous choral experience are welcome. Gay and gay-affirming are invited to join. Auditions are for voice section placement only. Participants must be 18-years-old and above.

Don’t sing? Then become part of the behind the scenes members who help to bring a “loud voice” to the success of the group.

Two “Over Jordan – A Sunday Afternoon Gospel Brunch” performances are set for March 27, 2011 and April 3, 2011. Additionally, a Proclamation of Hope “Sing for the Cure” performance with the Common Woman Chorus will be held on June 12,2011, at Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in June. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Komen for the Cure-NC Triangle.

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2 replies on “Triangle: Couple wins Scandinavian nuptials”

  1. These two guys were such a delight and we are all happy that we could share this wonderful and historical happening at the ICEHOTEL.

    Thanks for posting this!

    Warm regards,

  2. Thanks, Magnus. I had been following their quest and was so glad that a NC couple was selected. I know they must have had an amazing time and were treated like royalty. However, the ceremony in jackets seemed a bit nippy! Oh, my. Guess that the reception that followed was filled with warmth from your shores.

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