Engagement: Madison & Zoe

Usually we mix things up, but this week, we’re going three for three with glorious outdoor engagements. Enjoy—and don’t miss the image shot *by drone* at the end of this particular series!

From Madison: Zoe and I met almost 5 1/2 years ago when we were both summer camp counselors in Windsor, NH. It was love at first sight, and over the next half a decade we traveled long distance back and forth between Oberlin, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York, adopted a puppy, moved to Philadelphia, adopted another puppy, and set up our first home together in my hometown. Last June, during a busy week, Zoe surprised me by proposing at our home surrounded by all of our dear friends and family. We are traveling back to our camp in Windsor, New Hampshire to get married in September of 2017. Our dear friends Scott & Ashley, who will photograph our wedding, took our engagement photos, which we could not be more in love with. We were lucky to take some of our photos at our family home outside of Philadelphia, and some at Scott & Ashley’s home in Ulster, Pennsylvania. Scott used a drone to take a photo of us laying alongside the serendipitous heart-shaped pond on their farm. Some photos even feature my younger siblings, who are our tiniest best friends, not to mention our flower boy and girl. We are lucky to be surrounded by such loving friends and family, and I cannot wait to marry Zoe in a little under a year.

Photos courtesy of Scott Martin Studio.

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Event Credits

Location: Engagement: Philadelphia, PA & Ulster, PAPhotography: Scott Martin Studio
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Engagement: Brittany & Rachel

From Brittany & Rachel’s photographerI met these lovely ladies at a coffee shop for a meeting, and instantly, I knew they were a perfect fit for one another. Their passion for one another was clear from the meeting to their wedding—not to mention the cuteness you can see between these two in their engagement photos here!

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Event Credits

Location: Dickson Azalea Park, Orlando, FloridaPhotography: A. Harris Photography
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Wedding: Amy & Amanda

From Amanda: Amy and I have lived all over the country and have friends and family everywhere. We chose to have our wedding in Illinois for a few different reasons: 1) we love Chicago 2) it was legal in Illinois when we started planning and 3) it’s centrally located for guests to fly /drive to. Since we don’t live in Chicago, we needed someone to help us chose vendors and help us through the planning process. Our wedding planner, Lisa Gordon, did a phenomenal job.

Once Amy and I started discussing wedding plans, we quickly came to the conclusion that we wanted something small with lots of charm, simple, and most of all fun. When Lisa sent us the information for Firehouse Chicago, we immediately fell in love with its charm and character. Amy has an outspoken love for spiral staircases and when we saw it lit up, we knew that this was the place for us. We wanted simple decorations and the Firehouse delivered that with their candle and light package. Another great thing about the Firehouse was that we used the courtyard for the ceremony then went directly inside to start kick off the reception. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place made the logistics a lot easier. We chose to have an open bar from the moment guests arrived until the end of the night, which made potentially socially awkward moments early in the night due to some of our guests never having met before less of an issue. The fact that Binny’s will take back any non-opened alcohol allowed us to over-purchase and not worry about running out of drinks.

Amy’s favorite part of the day (besides marrying me and the spiral staircase of course) was riding around downtown Chicago and stopping to take pictures with our bridal party and photographer Agnes Malorny. We have several favorite photos from the day, but our absolute favorite is the one of us standing on a ledge hanging out over the Lake Michigan with the skyline in the background. We had that one printed on 3ft x 1ft piece of metal which is now the focal point in our living room. My personal favorites were the matching converse shoes that we had made with our wedding date sewn into the side and the mini cupcakes that Dave’s Specialty Foods provided. They were SO good. I ate them the next morning and still talk about them today. We don’t have any wedding day horror stories because ALL of the vendors we chose to work with were wonderful. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing that day except enjoying the moment and sharing our love for each other with family and friends.

Photos courtesy of Agnes Malorny.

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Event Credits

Catering: Dave's Speciality Foods, Inc. & Binny's Beverage DepotFlorist: KED Design & Planner: Lisa Gordon//http://lisagordonevents.com/Location: Chicago, IllinoisMusic: Stitely EntertainmentOfficiant: Rev. Rebecca ArmstrongOther: Elite Chicago LimoPhotography: Agnes Malorny Photography//www.agnesmalorny.comVenue: Firehouse Chicago//http://www.firehousechicago.com/ & Hotel Blake for getting ready
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Wedding: Jennifer & Amanda

From Amanda: As Jen and I approach our first anniversary we discovered we didn’t accomplish something very important on our to-do list. This submission is officially the last check mark from the wedding (better late than never?).

We met as so many tend to: through mutual friends. Though in our defense it was never intended to be a “match,” and we went years before exploring the possibility. As time went by, we continued to see each other every summer at our annual meeting (professional, not hyperbole) and to have fun catching up. Eventually we both found ourselves single…with me shortly moving across the country for a doctoral program. The perfect time to start a relationship! Two years of long distance later, and we are geographically together for good. Now in Tampa, we are loving life and wanting to share our happiness.

Jen proposed in a wonderfully surprising way on our 5 year anniversary. After repeatedly making sure she meant it, I emphatically agreed to spend the rest of my life with her (we both had to be sure). Next step, wedding planning. The general thoughts were easy—gather our families and friends together for an amazing party. Next we had to figure out how to actually plan a wedding. Insert amazing wedding coordinator. We each had a must have: Jen’s was awesome live music, Amanda’s was an unparalleled open bar. Both were seen to be essential in aforementioned amazing party. Insert said coordinator (shoutout Rena Carideo), and voila! Best wedding ever.

We were so happy to show off the city we now love to those that mean the most to us. The day could not have gone better. We were able to be ourselves, stand up with our favorite people in the world, have a wedding officiated by a wonderful friend, drink (and I think we can all agree, all weddings should be solidified with a toast), dance, and celebrate. Perfection.

Photos courtesy of Bára Miller Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: Salt Block Catering//http://saltblockcatering.com/Location: Tampa, Florida & Planner: Rena Carideo//http://eventlab1.com/the-lab/Photography: Bára Miller Photography//http://www.baramiller.com/blog/
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Engagement: Aleah & Hannah

From Gretchen, Aleah & Hannah’s photographerHannah and Aleah moved to Portland, Maine last summer and, via a family connection, became friends with my girlfriend and I.  They were recently engaged, and I convinced them to go on a fall adventure with us, which incidentally turned into an engagement shoot. Not only for their engagement, though—at the end of the shoot, the two of them got down on one knee and proposed to me to be their wedding photographer. I said yes!

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Event Credits

Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, MainePhotography: Gretchen Powers Film and Photo//www.gpowersfilm.com
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Wedding: Beth & Liv

From the brides: As today (10/10/16) is our one-year anniversary, we thought it was about time we finally got round to submitting our photos to this lovely site that has inspired us even pre-engagement and all the way up to our wedding day.

We met at 16, in a sixth form college chemistry class, of all places. We fell in love at 17 and 18 when we moved classes and ended up sat next to each other. We used to message each other online every night until we fell asleep and then one day at a friend’s house, in the middle of the night, after an ungodly amount of Irn Bru-flavoured vodka, we kissed.

We moved away to separate universities, with Beth even doing a year abroad. But we never gave up on each other and when Beth moved back to England, we moved in together and adopted a cat.

In 2014 Beth proposed on top of a hill in Devon, in the middle of a ‘gay christian’ retreat. Liv told Beth to close her eyes, then pulled out a ring of her own and asked her right back! Beth nearly fell off the edge of the cliff she was knelt on.

Nearly 6 years after that first kiss, we got married in Richmond, North Yorkshire (UK). We had a fair few naysayers, so it really was a triumph and the whole day was beautiful. We decorated the whole place ourselves, brought in outside caterers (the day was 100% vegan, much to Beth’s carnivore dad’s annoyance), had a great friend do the photography, another friend doing flowers… the whole thing was a massive group effort, and it was so amazing.

We chose to do our own spiritual ceremony first, with our good friends as officiants. We roughly followed a Celtic Christian service but we changed it to suit our tastes and not alienate our guests. After drinks and nibbles the registrar arrived and we did the legal bit too. We danced into the evening with our brothers and an iPod in place of a real DJ, ate far too much gorgeous food including from the pick and mix bar, played board games and finally roasted marshmallows on a fire.

The whole day was perfect and everyone looked so beautiful. One year later and we are so happy in love. We are fostering a dog now, along with a cat, and hope to foster some human children by this time next year. Life is good.

Photos courtesy of Jefferson Studios.

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Event Credits

Catering: The Bear Co-op, Todmorden & The Health Warehouse, DarlingtonLocation: Natural Retreats, Yorkshire DalesPhotography: Jefferson Studios, BristolVenue: Natural Retreats, Yorkshire Dales, Richmond
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Anniversary: Corrinne & Michelle

It’s a very special day when we get to feature a couple who we know in real life, and today, we could not be more thrilled to help Corrinne & Michelle celebrate their second wedding anniversary! These two women inspire us every day, and now, we hope they will inspire you too—with their strength, their compassion, and their love.

Since Corrinne doesn’t know about this post (surprise!), we’ll let Michelle tell you their story: On September 25th, 2010, I logged into my Facebook account and posted this status:

BEST DAY EVER. Seriously, words can’t express and nothing can compare. ☺

I was twenty-two years old, in my senior year of college at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and it was Homecoming week. The previous three years, I hadn’t paid all that much attention to the university’s hullabaloo over this event. But on this day, I spent the entire day in the company of a classmate whom I had recently befriended. She was bright and cheerful, and she had the most beautiful brown eyes I’d ever seen. Her name was Corrinne.

Facebook doesn’t tell me what we did all day, but I do remember small details. Gorgeous blue sky, hundreds of students and alumni milling around campus, the way Corrinne’s eyes glowed with excitement as she tugged me along. We explored the Homecoming festivities for a while before moving to a local street craft fair. This photo shows us moments after encountering a Hungry Howie’s pizza representative, who cheerfully gave us an entire pizza for free. We shared it, and we talked. For hours and hours, we talked.

I wasn’t in love then. It wasn’t even on my radar to think of a girl in that way. But I knew something was special about Corrinne.


Four years later, we got married in Asheville, NC. The journey from that first day (first date!) was not easy; at times it was hellish. We struggled with long distance while she was studying abroad in Japan. We struggled with no distance at all when we moved in together right after she came home. We struggled with trust and compromise, with support and self-care, with dating in secret and finding the courage to be together openly. We struggled with family who refused to accept our relationship, and we struggled with family who did. We struggled with faith. We struggled with making it one day at a time.

But when I looked into Corrinne’s eyes that October morning, I could only think of spending the rest of my life with this woman. This amazing woman, with her beautiful brown eyes and her easy laughter. Her willingness to listen to my fears and her ability to help me face and overcome each one. Her hugs and her kisses and her promises that every day together would be worth it, even if it was a struggle, simply because it was another day we got to love one another.

It’s been a little more than a year since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide and almost two years since the bans in our state were struck down, since we took this step together. We have spent our marriage making every day count. Yes, we still struggle, but we’re making it, one day at a time.

Happy second anniversary, Corrinne. I stand by what I said six years ago: Best day ever. Words can’t express, and nothing can compare.

Congratulations, Corrinne & Michelle, and happy anniversary!

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