I received this sweet DIY lesbian wedding submission from the brides, Mica and Kim.
From Mica: They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. I then asked myself- does a downpour count? The morning of the wedding we woke up looked out the window and saw the monsoon that was pouring down on our perfect outdoor wedding location. Me- Mica the not calm one – went into freak mode. Our 2-year-old son & flower girls on the other hand found the large forming puddles hilarious! The day pushed on and so did we because we had no plan B!
As we were getting ready it was still raining. Guests were brought under a pavilion to do the ceremony in a last-minute plan B and about 2 minutes before the ceremony the rain stopped and everyone was moved back to our original location. The ceremony was a perfect mix honoring both of us and included Native American speakings (for Mica) and sports/life comparisons (for Kim). At some point during the ceremony the sun came out and stayed out until the moon took over.
Our day was country rustic, earthy, & home cookin’. Guests were led to our locations with homemade signs from paint and barn wood. Our ceremony was a standing ceremony to represent equality in everyone in attendance. We did a tree watering commitment ceremony to signify our constant nurturing to our relationship in order for it to grow and thrive. We then planted our tree (burning bush) at our home.
The reception was held pool side set among the Allegany mountains & along the River. Guests were greeted with small eats, ice tea, lemonade, and local beer and wines. We were all treated to bbq and sides made by the Brides and good friend Lianna Burgos (an aspiring chef). We loved the way our tables were dressed in lace and burlap, topped with river rocks, candles, wood slices & flowers made from wood shavings. Our favorite part of the table setting were the mixed matched vintage plates that guests were given the choice to pick. We did hire two servers who helped keep the buffet stocked and wash and return the plates to our guests: “pick a plate, use a plate, take a plate” it was our gift to them.
As the sun went down we were given the best sunset ever that peeked over the mountains and slid untouched across the river to where we were. We fired up the fire pit to cook smores and sliced up carrot cake. The brides had both! Guests visited the pool house that was transformed into the ultimate photobooth- even grandma got down! Our “guest book” was lined up on a vintage solid wood ironing board and filled with words of wisdom. It was created out of wine bottles to be opened on the anniversary of the year number on the front, We danced our hearts out and almost everyone who was still present as the moon came out even. Many even braved a swim!
What an amazing time we had. It was perfect- the day we waited six years for. We planned this day in two months and about $2k. Thanks to family and friends and tons and tons of DIY. We pulled it off! I asked in the beginning “how about a downpour being good luck?” I’d say yes considering they day was perfect and two weeks after our wedding we found out our last IUI had worked and that our second son would be joining us shortly.
All these photos were taken by our good friend Angel Luis (who also did our hair).