Engagement: Susan & Emma

From Thet, Susan and Emma’s photographer: On June 26, 2013, The U.S. Supreme Court made history with its rulings on same-sex marriage in the state of California. It’s still vivid in my memory when Emma told me how anxious they were with what was going to happen on this day- the day the Supreme Court upheld the law for same-sex marriage. So when I learned of the favorable decision over the news, I couldn’t be happier. 

Susan and Emma are our very first gay couple (and we hope we get to cover more gay weddings in the future!). We were nervous and excited at the same time. We started our engagement shoot at their cozy apartment in L.A. because they wanted to have their fluffy bunny be part of their engagement photos (and yeah, the bunny is just too adorable!). Afterwards, we headed to Beverly Gardens Park and Beverly Hills City Hall. Emma said she hadn’t been into any type of photo shoot but her photos prove otherwise. Susan, on the other hand, is just so down. She’s the “I’ll do whatever you want me to do” type of person which actually worked to our advantage. We really had fun!

Event Credits

Location: Santa Paula, CaliforniaPhotography: Russ and Thet Studio
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Wedding: Sharon & Sue

From Oxana, Sharon and Sue’s photographer: I am a wedding and portrait photographer in the southwest of England. I would like to share my first gay wedding. It was made on a budget and mainly created by the brides (the cake, decorations in the pub etc.).

Words from Sharon, the bride: “Sue and I felt we waited a lifetime to find each other, so wanted our special day to be personal to us. We made as much as we could ourselves: the favours had mini envelopes with seeds of love made by Sue, beaded key rings, mini scrolls, the napkins had slips decorated, flowers all scented. Everything looked beautiful and smelt good with the scented cupcake candles. The cake was handmade by myself bright and colourful just like us with two large voluptuous women on for fun. The overall look was shabby chic with a relaxed cosy feel. Sue looked amazing and I felt fantastic, the sun was hot, the guests smiling – just a wonderful day.”

Event Credits

Location: Yeovil, UKPhotography: Blissful Wedding http://www.blissfulwedding.co.uk/Venue: Pub "Great Lyde" http://www.thegreatlyde.co.uk/
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Engagement: Benette and Katherine

From Benette & Katherine: After seeing photos by Weak At The Knees on this blog some months ago, we arranged for a photo shoot with them when we visited New York from Australia. It was our first overseas trip together, our first time to the US, and our first holiday since we’d gotten engaged. The shoot was everything we’d hoped and more. Photographers Sophie and Bobby are the most lovely couple, and we walked through Central Park and then into midtown with them scurrying around us to get shots from all directions. To top things off, the day we’d chosen coincided with Manhattanhenge, so the final shots were taken while we stood in the street with crowds of people watching the sun slip between the buildings.

Event Credits

Location: ManhattanPhotography: Weak At The Knees NYC
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Wedding: Sally & Sarah

From Sally and Sarah: We were planing an NY trip for an official union, but sadly, Sally’s mum was diagnosed with cancer the year before we were planning to be married. When we found the cancer was terminal, we had weeks in which make our special day happen. With amazing family support, the best of friends, most incredible event planner and much love, we organized and experienced the most amazing day, in just 7 weeks. We had our ceremony at an outstanding venue and shared the BEST day of our lives with our close friends and family, and thankfully Sally’s mum got to be there and share it all with us. Our love grows day by day and we are thankful to ALL who accept us and made such an incredible day possible. Many happy memories were made. We wouldn’t have changed a thing about our beautiful day.

Photos courtesy of Abba Photography.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Jan EdwardsLocation: Orlando, FloridaOfficiant: Debra RandallsPhotography: Abba PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Kelly BlockVenue: Gaylord Plams Resort
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Engagement: Emma & Maeghan

From Emma: Maeghan and I met in the depths of a cold and dark Northern Ontario winter 3 years ago. We were both attending school at the same campus and scheduled to graduate the same year. From the moment that we met (and spent nearly 5 hours shivering in a coffee shop chatting) I knew that she was the one for me. We spent 4 months apart while we each enjoyed some time with our parents and then vowed to never be apart for that long again! Just days after our graduations, we packed up our belongings and our fat cat and moved to our Nation’s Capital city to start a life for ourselves. I don’t think I have ever had so much fun in my entire life as I had this past year living in this new city with Maeghan. On a surprisingly cold and misty Friday evening this past May, and with the help of one of our good friends, Maeghan got down on one knee and asked me to marry her while surrounded by candles on an abandoned train bridge over the Ottawa River. Of course I said “Yes!” Just a few days later I convinced Maeghan I was working late while she helped our friends move, and when she arrived home (an hour late I may add!) I was waiting on our balcony that overlooks Parliament Hill where I counter-proposed to her. Our engagement photos were taken by our incredibly talented friend Sebastien who was so patient to follow us around to all of our favourite spots in this beautiful city that we call home. I can’t wait to marry the woman of my dreams in front of all of our closest friends and family!

Event Credits

Location: Ottawa, ON.
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Wedding: Erika & Lucia

From Erika: Lucia and I met freshman year of college and have been joined at the hip ever since. We didn’t start dating until six months later but everyone knew us as a unit from day one. Being that Lucia comes form a large Dominican family, I know she and her family dreamed about her wedding day but probably not as a big gay wedding. With a lot of patience, perseverance, and a bit of faith, I finally proposed to her. Her counter proposal came nine months later.

We had originally thought that the only way to keep the wedding guest list manageable would be to have a small and intimate 15 person ceremony. People found out the wedding was being planned and suddenly we had family from both sides fighting and pleading to be a part of our big day. Before we knew it, we were planning a wedding for 175 people. It was an incredibly emotional and intimate ceremony with all our family and friends surrounding us. Our stunning officiant made us feel like we were the only two people in the room and like she was having a conversation with everyone else. My favorite part of the entire evening (besides the getting married part) was getting to watch my wife surrounded by all her aunts, uncles and cousins who were so proud and excited to bear witness to this important event.

Having originally planned on a small wedding, good photos were top of our list. Our amazing photographer captured stunning shots of us which perfectly encapsulated the day. I have been looking at the pictures daily and still can’t believe it all happened. Still get all giggly when I get to introduce people to “my wife.” Brings a smile to my face every time!

Photos courtesy of The Light + Color.

Event Credits

Florist: Matles FloristLocation: New York CityOfficiant: Rev. Samora SmithOther: Rings: Bario Neal, Hair: Salon ZibaPhotography: The Light + ColorVenue: Trattoria Dell'Arte
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Engagement: Ashley & Hannah

From Kandise Brown, Ashley and Hannah’s photographer: Ashley is Canadian, Hannah is a British transplant. Somehow, Hannah is dealing better with the winter. They went ice skating for their engagement shoot!

Event Credits

Location: Fredericton, NB, CanadaPhotography: Kandise Brown
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