Wedding: Monique & Wendy

From Monique and Wendy: The day we met was the day that forever changed our lives and kind of made history. We met through a mutual friend at a bar one night in 2012. We were supposed to meet the year before, but because life, the stars, or the cosmos weren’t lined perfectly, it just didn’t happen. There was just something just so spiritually perfect about our encounter. It’s as if time stopped and the only thing that mattered was what was in front of each of us, each other. From that day on, we were inseparable. We became best friends or what we called “Bro’s.” Deep down there was a sense of belongingness, which at times was scary to think about. Was this really it? Is she the one? A lesbian couple? Our bond was undeniable, something inside was telling us we would always be together so we decided to get matching tattoos. ANAM CARA was written on our rib cages with the date 12-12-12. Anam Cara refers to a celtic spiritual belief of souls connecting and bonding. This belief says that when an individual connects completely and openly with another individual, their two souls begin to flow together. This is when you have found your soul friend, your most sacred place in time, your Anam Cara.

We decided to give it a go and officially date in early 2013. Acceptance and respect was something that we struggled attaining with some people. We stood strong and together and decided that our love is something no same-sex couple or any couple should be ashamed of. Love is love. We became engaged in April 2013 before the same-sex marriage law in California passed. When the law passed in June, we were at the West Hollywood Rally; it was one of the most beautiful days in history. The legalizing of love between two human beings of the same sex was a huge step for Civil Rights. With this came an opportunity to attend the Grammy’s and be a part of history by getting married LIVE on a segment of the Grammys! We were hesitant at first, not sure if this was going to be real, a hoax, or a prank but submitted our information to producers. We were sworn to secrecy and not allowed to talk about it with family or friends until the day of. It all became real after we left rehearsal at the Staples Center. We were legally wed live on National Television by Queen Latifah, in front of millions, with 32 other straight, same-sex, young and old couples, during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of “Same Love” and serenaded by Madonna after! We had a standing ovation, everyone crying, and even got Jay-Z, Beyonce, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, and a slew of others congratulating us. It was beautiful. It was epic. It was a moment in history that demonstrated hope, acceptance, change, and love. It will forever be our favorite love story.

Photos courtesy of Abi Q Photography.

Event Credits

Photography: Abi Q
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Engagement: Tawnie & Alex

From Tawnie: I met Alex after I gathered the courage to send her a message on an online dating site – as they say, the rest is history. I traveled to NYC while still in grad school (Go University of Kentucky Wildcats!) to go on our first date. From the moment she picked me up at the airport we knew we had found our soul mates. After a year of long distance dating I finally graduated and moved to NYC to be with Alex.

When it was time to propose I secretly gathered all of our family and friends and sent Alex on a scavenger hunt to all of the places that we visited together during my first trip to NYC. I proposed on the 4th of July surrounded by all of our amazing family and friends. I enlisted my BFF to photograph and video the special day. 

Alex and I are planning a wedding in Los Angeles, California next summer and on a recent wedding planning visit we took engagement photos with special thanks to Michael Brannigan of David Michael Photography.

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Location: New York, NY/Malibu, CAPhotography: Michael Brannigan of David Michael Photography
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Wedding: Crissy & Ellen

From Crissy and Ellen’s wedding planner: Crissy and Ellen came to me completely overwhelmed by the process of wedding planning. They had no idea where to begin and hired us to take care of all the details. One thing they were clear on is that they don’t like being the center of attention. We planned a small ceremony in Provincetown for about 20 family members (and their dog Murphy!), while over 100 guests joined them for the reception in Boston a few days later.

With a black, white and purple palette and killer venues, we designed a chic, sophisticated city wedding that reflected Crissy and Ellen.

Photos courtesy of Kate McElwee Photography.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Taj HotelCatering: Taj HotelFlorist: SpruceLocation: Boston, MAMusic: DJ Addam Photography: Kate McElweePlanner or Event Designer: 14 StoriesVenue: Taj Hotel
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Engagement: Michelle & Amanda

From Michelle: Over three years ago Amanda and I met on Tumblr, of all places, and have been together ever since. We got engaged last May and shot this engagement shoot with the help of my talented sister and her boyfriend in October. We both look forward to celebrating with our amazing friends and family, and to all that comes in our future together.

Event Credits

Location: Russell OrchardsPhotography: Nicole Cheever and Alain Montes
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Wedding: Sarah-Nelle & Aislin

From Sarah-Nelle: My partner Aislin and I had the kind of wedding where eight people were plenty. Intimate, bright, and low-key, a small neighborhood lake was the ideal setting and our beautiful machine-washable dresses were a serious perk.

I had two goals for the wedding day and festivities, apart from “be married by the end.” I wanted great food and great photography. The food I’m happy to say, was delicious, and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer than belle ancell photography. I discovered belle’s work through a post on this very blog and her photos conveyed a laid-back, irresistible warmth that felt perfect for Aislin and I.

This was one of the best days of Aislin’s and my life together, so far.

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Attire: ureshii.orgLocation: Trout Lake Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaPhotography: belleancellphotography.com
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Engagement: Lea & Leah

From Lea and Leah’s photographer: Lea and Leah’s wedding is the first same sex marriage that we have been able to shoot, which we are incredibly excited about. We have had a lot of friends and family that have been able to marry due to the new law, but they all wanted us to be guests and not shoot their weddings, so this worked out very well for both parties.

This is Lea and Leah’s engagement session. We had a lot of fun with them. They are nature lovers, but lived together in the city, so we tried to incorporate a bit of both into the shoot. There were about three or four locations we shot at around the Twin Cities, some very well known and others a little more off the beaten path. Working with them so far has been wonderful.

Event Credits

Location: Minneapolis, MNPhotography: RKH Images
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Wedding: Autumn & Ellen

From Autumn: Ellen and I met in 2009 online and decided to go on our first date in an apple orchard. I knew I loved her soon thereafter, as she was incredible in so many ways! We dated for about three years when we decided to go on a vacation to Provincetown in Cape Cod and I popped the question! Well… I tried… I had the ring but was so nervous and shaking that I jumbled all of my words and asked her at the end “so… whats your answer?” to which she replied “Autumn – you haven’t even asked the question yet…” And the rest is history!

We started to plan our wedding and decided on a fall theme in our most favorite location of all time: historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We gathered our amazing bridesmaids, who were such an incredible help with all of the planning, and we put together a beautiful wedding. We had our ceremony in the formal garden at Prescott Park surrounded by beautiful flowers and nature galore!

We wanted to keep it moderately intimate, surrounded by friends and family who are so dear to our heart. As the guests gathered around the fountains in the garden, my heart started to beat faster and faster out of sheer excitement to embark on the first day of the rest of our lives.

We held our reception at the local Irish pub downtown, keeping the feel of the day relaxed and fun for everyone. The entertainment provided by Josh Cramoy was incredible, the food was delicious, and the company was more than I could ever ask for!

We had incredible friends contribute to this day, from Kelsey and Amber (Pretty Thing Photography) taking care of all of the pictures and wedding planning, Matt playing the ceremony music, Stacey baking all of the cupcakes for the event, and the bridesmaids who were there for us every step of the way. We were blessed in so many ways. The next day we packed the car and moved to North Carolina with so much love in our heart and memories we will cherish forever.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Stacey BakerFlorist: FlowerlandLocation: Portsmouth, NHMusic: Matt Leblanc and Josh CramoyPhotography: Pretty Thing PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Pretty Thing PhotographyVenue: Prescott Park and Ri Ra Irish Pub
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