Engagement: Stephanie & Courtney

From the photographer, Amy Ann: Stephanie and Courtney were a last minute addition to my fall engagement schedule, but I was so glad I could fit them in! I’m so used to heading downtown for engagements, but they wanted to stay out here in northeast Columbus. Stephanie is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I happened to live for several years; they met online a few years back and Stephanie moved to Columbus to be with Courtney. They now call Granville home, and love being out here, away from all the noise of downtown, with their pups and at the barn. So naturally, they picked Hoover Dam, and their barn, as locations for their engagement pictures! It was an unusually cool and windy day – especially at Hoover Dam, windy enough on its own – and I could sympathize with long hair of my own! But they held each other close and kept each other warm throughout. At the moment, they are planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean, and I’m secretly hoping they can pack me in their suitcase!

View full post here: http://amyannphoto.com/blog/2013/11/21/stephanie-courtney-columbus-ohio-gay-engagement-session/



Event Credits

Location: Columbus, OHPhotography: Amy Ann Photography http://amyannphoto.com/
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Wedding: Kelly & Renée

From Kelly & Renée: Our Wedding!
We met at the end of our first year at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Nearly ten years after going on our first date and falling in love; after travelling the world, and building a life together, we tied the knot!
150 of our family and friends shared this moment with us at the Canadian Museum of Nature in our hometown. So much laughter and love shared that day. It was perfect.

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Domestic Partnership: Joni & Jennelle

From Amanda, the happy couple’s photographer: Joni and Jennelle finalized the paperwork on their domestic partnership shortly before Thanksgiving, and we did this fun “thankful” photoshoot to celebrate.

From Joni: I am thankful for the chilly night many many moons ago when Jennelle left a bouquet of milky white flowers on my doorstep!!!! Meeting her was like seeing an old friend after decades apart. I remember we used to go down to the beach and eat paletas and watch the waves roll in, and just talk and talk all day and long into the night. She would come over after I got home late from work and make me tacos and make me laugh… And this girl is so openhearted. She helps friends when they are in need, honors her family, gets the tangles out of my curls, pulls over to help people on the side of the road, opens doors for everyone, donates to causes she believes in, looks super sexy in hats, and makes life 100 times more fun. Jennelle is the one who knows the words to all my songs and I am so, so thankful to get to spend my days with someone so joyful, competent, and loving.

In addition to being a stylishly adorable couple, Joni and Jennelle are the duo behind Mint & Mirth.


Event Credits

Location: Portland, OregonPhotography: Amanda Long of http://amandaphotographic.com/
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Whitney & Sara – A Romantic Boudoir Shoot (NSFW)

From Tara: Whitney & Sara are both beautiful in their own ways, and when you put them together they are stunning!!! Boudoir is typically known for as being something sexy to give to your partner as a wedding gift, but why not have it be a couple’s experience? These two got lost in each other and allowed me to photograph what was already there! It was a new, and beautiful experience for me and I can’t wait to do it again!!!!

Photos by Tara Beth Photography.

You’re welcome…

Event Credits

Location: Philadelphia, PAPhotography: Tara Beth Photography
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Wedding Video: Sara & Melanie

Sara & Melanie have sent us this link to their lovely wedding video.  We posted their amazing wedding pictures a while back, but it’s really wonderful to hear how their families participated as well.  Mazel tov, again, ladies.  -S

(video courtesy of Aaron Horton Productions)

Event Credits

Location: The Golf Club at Newcastle, Newcastle WAPhotography: http://www.aaronhortonproductions.com/
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Wedding: Layla & Liz

From Layla: Liz and I met online in 2011. We went for coffee and then she promptly put me in the friend zone. It took me a couple of months to get her to go on an actual date with me, but then she couldn’t resist my charm. We got engaged on New Years Day 2013 but didn’t have any plans for an actual wedding. We both wanted our ceremony to coincide with our legal marriage and since we live in Oklahoma, we didn’t see that happening anytime in the near future. When DOMA was overturned we had some motivation to start planning.

Liz’s family has a vacation home in Galena, IL which is just across the Mississippi river from Iowa. Illinois didn’t have marriage equality yet, so Iowa was the perfect option for us. We both wanted a small wedding and we kept the planning to a minimum so as not to get too overwhelmed. We wanted the day to be about us and our commitment to each other.

We got married in a park with a backdrop view of the river. We had about forty of our closest friends and family members there to support us. Liz’s uncle performed the ceremony. Each of our sisters recited a poem for us and we wrote our own vows. We took some beautiful pictures and then we returned to Galena for a reception in Liz’s family’s beautiful home.

The day was perfect and because we kept things simple we were able to focus on each other and celebrating with our guests. One unexpected surprise was that everyone we interacted with, from the courthouse staff in Dubuque to our venders and even strangers in the park was that everyone was so kind and supportive of us. I changed my name and was worried about getting it changed in Oklahoma. The Dubuque employees recommended that I get it changed at the social security office in Dubuque instead and even that was shockingly a pleasant experience.

Photographs by Luminous Life.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Sweetheart BakeryCatering: Life's a FeastLocation: Dubuque, IA and Galena, ILOfficiant: Ed O'DonnellPhotography: Luminous Life Venue: Galena Parkview Rentals
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Wedding: Heather & Debbie

Debbie and Heather found each other at a local coffee shop and spent that evening luring each other with their eyes until finding the confidence to say hello.

After a 2 year courtship, Debbie proposed to Heather at that same coffee shop by hiding the ring in Heather’s cup of Chai. Heather happily accepted Debbie’s proposal, and they began planning their wedding. Debbie gave Heather a sole request; the night must include raspberry pie.

What was most important to the couple was to leave as small of a carbon footprint as possible. All the invitations were printed on Elephant Poo Poo Paper and packaged into recycled paper bag envelopes. All the décor was used or up-cycled objects, found at local second hand stores and the take home gifts were pieces of rock candy hung over the bar in a chandelier. Even the food and alcohol was limited to local farms, breweries, and wineries and Heather’s gown was custom made of organic cotton.

Heather and Debbie strove for a rustic and romantic mood that created an intimate environment that radiated love. The two key elements to making their event a success was dessert and dancing and so they made the music a focal point (incorporating dancing in the ceremony and reception) and had waves of desserts all night long.

Photographs by Chelse Thompson.

Event Credits

Attire: Janay A. Handmade (http://janay-a.com)Cakes and Dessert: Rabbit Room Catering: Rabbit RoomLocation: The Rabbit Room at the Lower Mill in Honeoye Falls, NYMusic: DJ Brian BartlettOfficiant: Rev. Nanci DeLeoPhotography: Chelse Thompson
Posted in Attire, Classic, Lesbian Real Wedding, Minimalist, New York, Pants + Dress, Real Wedding Inspiration, Region, Rustic, Style, United States, Vintage | 6 Comments
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