Engagement: Kelly & Erin

From Beth, Kelly and Erin’s photographer: I was so very smitten with this couple when they interviewed me to shoot their wedding. What I love about their story is the blending of two families. They are all about being moms. They asked me even prior to taking their photos to sumbit to this blog. Their photos are filled with such love and joy, methinks you will be smitten as well.

Event Credits

Location: Sacramento, CaliforniaPhotography: www.truelovephoto.com
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Wedding: Ashlee & Alyssa

From Ashlee: Alyssa and I met 2 years ago and knew very quickly that we wanted to marry each other. We both feel incredibly blessed to live in a country that recognizes same-sex marriage rights and we wanted to be able to celebrate our love in front of our closest friends and family. Our vision was to have a small, intimate backyard gathering in Alyssa’s mom’s backyard with about 35 guests. The wedding ended up being a labour of love for us as we DIY’d just about every aspect of the day – from the invitations, to the flowers, to the appetizers and the homemade spice blends we gave as favours. I loved the idea of wearing a fun rainbow dress, and Alyssa had a bowtie made to match. We wanted the day to be as fun and colourful as possible so there was plenty of rainbow décor, which ended up being a good thing since the day dawned gray and rainy. Everyone kept telling me the rain was good luck and that the clouds would pass soon, but it poured all the way through our ceremony (which we had inside the tent instead of under the trees, as we had envisioned).

Despite the rain, we wouldn’t change a thing about the day. Our ceremony ended up being so love-filled and intimate. When Alyssa and I were escorted into the tent (under a big umbrella) everyone erupted into a giant cheer for us! It’s so cliché, but it really was the best day of my life. In the end, the rain finally stopped and we were able to get some great pictures outside, and even shared our first dance together outside as the sun was setting. After dinner Alyssa and I changed into matching wedding hoodies, and our guests put on their comfy clothes. We had a bonfire, played with sparklers, ate homemade smores (with custom maple and vanilla flavoured marshmallows!)… and we danced the night away under the stars. I’ve been known to be a wee bit of a control freak, so I think this was Mother Nature’s way of telling me to just roll with the punches sometimes. In the end our wedding day was perfect, and I’m married to my best friend. Who could ask for anything more than that? 

Photos courtesy of Miller Ellis Photography.

Event Credits

Attire: Dress and Bowtie by Miss Brache (Etsy)Catering: Country Meats and CutsLocation: Alcona, OntarioPhotography: Miller Ellis Photography
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Engagement: Jaquie & Rachel

From Nikki, Rachel and Jaquie’s photographer: I have known Rachel and Jaquie for a few years now and was excited that our schedules lined up so that we could meet in Wisconsin for their engagement shoot (as I live in Chicago, and they in Minneapolis). These two are awesome people who have so much love and so many laughs to share with each other and everyone they hang out with. I can’t wait to party with them at their wedding. 

Event Credits

Location: St. Croix Valley, WIPhotography: Nikki Luke Photography http://neluke09.wix.com/nikkilukephotography
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Wedding: Amanda & Dani

From Jessica, Amanda and Dani’s photographer: Amanda and Dani met a very long time ago at summer camp and ended up finding each other again years later! Their wedding was at the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA. These ladies were two of the funnest women to work with! We were surrounded by family and friends from all over, danced the night away and had an amazing day!

Event Credits

Florist: Senya Abel Mayfield Location: Hyatt at Penn's Landing Philadelphia, PAMusic: Synergetic Sound and Lighting Photography: Jessica Hendrix PhotographyVenue: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing
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Wedding: JoJo & Bobbi Jo

From JoJo: Bobbi Jo and I met back in 2009 in a wild summer of long nights filled with friends, fun, and beers. It was one of these nights that there was a hay wagon ride with music and drinks. We kissed and I can safely say the rest is history. In January of 2013 I took Bobbi Jo down to Key West and popped the question. (She said yes!) We started to plan our wedding for June 6th of 2014. Through the planning we started to get frustrated about the small details, what colors and center pieces…etc., making us lose sight of what this day was truly about. All I wanted to think about was the moment I got to say my vows and kiss my bride. We discussed our concerns and decided to change everything. That started with the date– we thought to ourselves, what are we waiting for? Let’s elope! So the date was now set for October 4th, 2013, leaving just two months to throw everything together. My mother and stepfather agreed to host our wedding on their adorable hobby farm in Dennison, MN. We chose this location not only because of its beauty and intimacy, but because it means so much to us and it is a place we both truly felt comfortable. We both decided that having a smaller, more intimate ceremony was important to us. It was a difficult process to widdle down our guest list from 100 something down to 23 people. But when our wedding day came, it was all worth it. Our day was truly about us, our love and our commitment to one another. There were no distractions and the only people there with us were ones who have impacted our lives positively and supported our love. We got to spend every minute of that day together, share in every moment that we will remember for the rest of our lives together. We honestly couldn’t be happier with the way everything went and the choices we made.

From Tricia, JoJo and Bobbi Jo’s photographer: This wedding was such a dream come true for me. I have never witnessed such pure love and adoration in the most beautiful and simpliest of forms. This is how all weddings should be! 

Event Credits

Catering: Jeff Svenddal www.breakingbreadmn.comLocation: Dennison, MNMusic: Mark Grundhoefer www.mjgpro.com & Martin Anderson www.martinandersonandthegoods.com/Photography: Sweet Shibui Photography www.sweetshibui.com/blog
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Engagement: Ana & Christa

From Ana: I met Christa just a month after moving to Albuquerque from Austin. Austin was an amazing city and I loved it, but as my friends began graduating from UT and moving away I found myself more and more lonesome. It was time for a change of pace and I had family in NM– so I embarked on my new adventure, having absolutely no idea of what was in store for me!

After acclimating to the cooler weather, new job and new city, I decided it was time to meet new friends. So I joined a local lesbian meetup group, and went to their first Friday of the month dinner. I remember I was so nervous that day– I am an introvert at heart and can be very quiet and shy around new people. So it took all the courage in me to make it to that meetup! Christa sat next to me, and I found myself intrigued by how comfortable I felt by her side. I thought she was very cute and gentle, funny and nerdy– she kept talking about all the mystery novels and books she enjoyed reading. She showed me a picture of her miniature schnauzer, Tug, and said how much they both enjoyed hiking the trails around town. I remember thinking, “Oh, that sounds like so much fun! Can I go with you next time?! I should ask for her number.” But I didn’t dare. I decided that I’d wait for the next month’s meetup.

From Christa: I had been talking with my therapist and she had mentioned meetup.com, a place where people with similar interests get together and hang out. She had recommended that I give it a try. It had been a few months since I had gotten out of a bad relationship, and I was finally starting to feel better and wanted to get out and meet new people.

The night I met Ana was the first meetup I had been to. I was so nervous to meet new people, I almost turned around three times but finally spotted the group in the restaurant and forced myself to join them. I sat down next to Ana, and I could tell that she was shy and nervous. I introduced myself and we talked all throughout dinner, finding that we had many similar interests. Though I didn’t get her number, I felt like I wanted to see her again. So I signed up for all the next meetup events in hopes of seeing her.

From Ana: We’ve been together just over a year now. We got engaged on our one-year anniversary cruise last month. I have never been happier, I am excited to share the rest of my life with Christa.

From Christa: I love her. I am keeping her forever.

Photos courtesy of Anna Doo Photography

Event Credits

Location: Albuquerque, NMPhotography: Anna Doo Photography http://annadoophotos.com/Venue: Albuquerque Botanical Gardens
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Engagement Shoot: Lissa and Sheena

From Shawnee, Lissa & Sheena’s photographer: This was by far the most laid back and giggle-filled session ever, but also the most difficult to edit. I wanted to post a bazillion photos from this set, because this couple is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Bad jokes and awkward photo-bombing Segway tourists kept us laughing the whole time. Y’all…get ready to tear up a little, have a big smile on your face, and say “awwww” more times than you can count. Sheena surprised Lissa with a trip to Iceland recently and popped the question during their stay in Reykjavik. DANG. I am so very happy for them, and can’t wait to see what plans they have in store for their wedding! I love seeing other people head over heels in love, and I can’t think of a better example than these two sweethearts. Congrats, ladies!

Event Credits

Location: Richmond, VirginiaPhotography: A Lovely Photo www.whatalovelyphoto.comVenue: Libby Hill Park
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