You guys, Marley and Whitney are the couple that Angela and I met while at sea during our cruise to Alaska. These two were on their honeymoon and we were so thrilled to share their excitement for a couple of moments.
From Marley & Whitney: We wed on September 8, 2012 in Sequim, Washington at the Cutting Garden in the presence of 175 of our friends and family. Our interfaith ceremony was officiated by Whitney’s Christian minister and one of Marley’s Jewish friends. Morgan and Elias seamlessly integrated elements from both traditions, including Communion and Kiddush, making for a very personalized and beautiful ceremony.
Our two-year-old niece, Mia was the ringbearer and wore a suit matching Whitney’s. We were attended by close friends and sisters who helped with hours of DIY wedding prep. We were both were walked down the aisle by our moms and dads. Extended family also came in from around the country to show their support.
The reception was held at the same beautiful venue where we enjoyed a vegetarian dinner, thoughtful toasts, lawn games, and dancing. Despite the windy conditions, our playlist encouraged guests to celebrate into the night! Who doesn’t love the Chicken Dance and the Hora?!?! One guest was so excited to dance he slid across the rubber dance floor and skinned both of his knees. A few bandaids later, we were all back to dancing.
The whole wedding day exceed both of our expectations- we were left with an overwhelming sense of love, joy and acceptance. While it was a lovely ceremony, it did not mean anything in the eyes of the Washington State law. Come November our state will be voting on Referendum 74, which seeks to legalize same-sex marriage. We’ve been actively volunteering with the campaign to Approve Referendum 74 so we can make our marriage legal. We’re optimistic that Washington State residents will be the first to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. If Referendum 74 passes, we’ll put on our fancy clothes one more time, head to the courthouse, and get married again, this time legally.
I absolutely love Whitney’s suit and her mini-me ring bearer version. If you need inspiration for a lesbian wedding suit (and from the search terms you guys use, I know you do…) this is it.
Photos by Sunshine Charlie.