Share this Story

Joan Rivers officiates surprise gay wedding at book signing

Jaclyn is an Idaho native who currently lives in Milwaukee. Having worked in radio, TV and as a newspaper reporter, she is an avid pop culture and news junkie. She also has a passion for photography and cooking (but is still learning to ...

All they had to do was ask

Surprise! Joan Rivers officiated a gay wedding during a book signing in New York City on Monday, June 30. The wedding was impromptu and took place the day after NYC's Gay Pride Parade.

Rivers was holding a book signing for her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, at a local Barnes & Noble store, when a couple asked if she would marry them.

Amy Poehler & 9 other celebrity authors' books you should read >>

"While we were waiting, we were reading the book," Joe Aiello told Entertainment Tonight. "She had mentioned being an ordained minister, and I jokingly asked [his partner], 'Do you think it's true? Maybe she'll marry us.' And he goes, 'Ask her!' So… I did."

"Neither one of us thought she'd say yes!" added Jed Ryan, Aiello's new husband.

But Rivers said yes, and conducted a ceremony only she could administer — with equal amounts of comedy and love.

"Do the two of you understand what marriage is about?" she asked Aiello and Ryan. "Adoring each other, standing behind each other, and forsaking all others, and really, honest to God, this is it, forever."

Kristen Stewart reportedly suing Joan Rivers over new book >>

Rivers was ordained in Feb. 2013 and she performed her first gay wedding ceremony at the top of the Empire State Building. Rivers' book, despite its lack of celebrity fans due to the controversy it is causing in Hollywood, is out now.

Follow Us

SheKnows Media ‐ Entertainment

New in Entertainment

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started