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Wedding: Rocio & Riza

From Riza: Rocio and I met on October 1st, 2010, Rocio proposed to me on October 1st, 2015, and we were married on Oct 1st, 2016. We both love the desert and decided to have an outdoor wedding at the Le Haute Desert Aerie in Pioneertown. We walked down the aisle to mariachis playing and we were married by our close friend Sara. For the reception we served ceviche and chorizo tostadas as an appetizer and tacos for dinner. My friend Sam, who I went college with was the DJ, and she kept everyone dancing the entire night. Having our closest friends and family all together and dancing in one place was an amazing experience. It was the happiest, and hands down, the best day of my life!

Photos courtesy of Westlund Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: Soho TacoFlorist: Bloom BabesLocation: Pioneertown, CAMusic: DJ Sam EberhartPhotography: Westlund PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: LB EventsStationery: Riza GVenue: Le Haute Desert Aerie
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Wedding: Emily & Robin

From Emily & Robin: Our story starts like a cliche, in a bar—our love is anything but…

We both went to a meet-up group mixer one night in November of 2014, and by luck we ended up in a grouping together at the start of the event. We talked during a break, followed each other throughout the rest of the events for the night, and afterwards went to talk more over tea, ending up walking around the streets of the West Village getting to know each other for another couple hours. We both knew right away that this was different, and within a week we had fallen in love. Robin was invited to family Christmas 10 days later, and marriage was talked about in the first two weeks.  We got engaged a year later and started planning our intimate wedding shortly after. We had gone to Aurora Brooklyn (our venue) on our third date and again the night we got engaged. Their garden atrium was the perfect place for our ceremony, and their food is out of this world—and an important requirement for our wedding. We wanted it to be filled with good friends, our wonderful families, great food, and an amazing time.   And it was. We opted to do a lot of the decorations ourselves, i.e. the backdrop, the flowers, and a lot of smaller decorative elements. We also used Etsy and close friends for the bigger parts: our cake-topper, hair and make-up, and our day-of coordinator. All of this helped to reduce the cost of a NYC wedding so that we could spend our money on an amazing wedding photographer and a fantastic venue.  We couldn’t have asked for a better event—it really was everything we wanted and more!

Photos courtesy of Sarah Tew Photography.

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Event Credits

Music: Marie Michele (https://www.gigmasters.com/jazz/mariemichele) // First Dance Song Performed by Doug Winton & Carly Walker of Kyloe Blue (http://www.kyloeblue.com/) // Venue & Catering: Aurora Brooklyn (http://aurorabk.com/) // Make-Up: Erin Acker (http://www.erinmacker.com/) // Invitations: Love and Shelter (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveandShelter) // Hair: (Emily) Missy Green (http://www.salonroc.com/) // Day of Coordinator: Lovelys Powell // Cake Topper: MeltingPotLove // Cake: Ladybird Bakery (http://www.ladybirdbakery.com/) and The Chocolate Room (http://thechocolateroombrooklyn.com/)
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Wedding: Kaysey & Jacque

From Kaysey: Jacque and I married on a beautiful autumn day in Portland at Holocene, a local club/venue that hosts many queer dance parties that we have enjoyed over the years. Out friends and family did a brilliant job decorating and bringing the warm colors of autumn into the room. My little brother sang an original song as we walked down the aisle. Our best friend Mark married us, and we all nervously giggled together. We served tacos and cupcakes and spent the night dancing to our favorite songs. It was the most joyful room I have ever been in. My advice: make the ceremony your own. If you want to be political, poetic, spiritual, religious, traditional, radical—do it! We chose an excerpt from the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision during our ceremony, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. I’m so grateful to be married to this strong, sensitive, beautiful best friend of mine!

Photos courtesy of Shaylee King Photography.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Saint Cupcake - http://www.saintcupcake.comCatering: Taco Pedaler http://tacopedalerpdx.comLocation: Holocene—Portland, ORMusic: The PDX DJs http://thepdxdjs.comOfficiant: Mark MartinezPhotography: Shaylee King http://www.kshayleephotos.comStationery: Melinda Haines// Make-Up and Hair: Gina Campbell http://www.ginacampbellbeauty.comVenue: Holocene Portland http://www.holocene.org
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Wedding: Tracy & Danielle

From Danielle: Tracy and I originally met about 4 years ago through mutual friend groups. At the time we both were seeing other people. We reconnected a year and a half ago and this time we were both single. It was our fast-thinking mutual friends who planned a group outing that allowed our friendship and relationship to grow. We went on a hike with our dogs on Memorial Day of 2015 and have been together ever since. January was not the original plan for our wedding, but November 8th changed everything. Our wedding was not an act of fear, but an act of love and solidarity. Being able to celebrate our love in front of family and friends was one of our favorite parts of the day. The day was so laid back and drama free that we would both do it all over again. Tracy and I planned a wedding in 52 days on a $1,500 budget. Our advice: do what makes you happy. We omitted being walked down the aisle, father/daughter dances, unity symbols, traditional ceremony scripts, etc., and our day was amazing and filled with so much love and joy.

Photos courtesy of Wildflower Wedding Photography.

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For even more amazing photos, check out Tracy & Danielle’s photographer’s blog.

Event Credits

Attire: Danielle's Dress - Modcloth / Tracy's Suit - Ao Dai (Jacket) & H&M (Pants)Cakes and Dessert: Peggy Jean's Pies - http://pjpies.com/Catering: McAllister's Deli - http://www.mcalistersdeli.com/locations/mo-columbia-grindstone-parkway-121/menu/beveragesFlorist: Danielle went DIY on almost all of the details. She made the fabric scrap garlands, the glass plate signs, guest favor glasses tags...Location: Columbia, MOOther: Beer - Logboat Brewing - http://www.logboatbrewing.com/ Wedding Rings - Buchrader's - https://brdiamonds.com/?gclid=CPG9iqXT2dECFRG4wAodU9UMAgPhotography: Wildflower Wedding Photography - www.wildflowerweddingphotography.comVenue: Friend's Backyard
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Wedding: Ivy & Courtney

From the brides: We met while working for our college newspaper almost eight years ago. We’ve moved through cities and careers together, and now Ivy works for a nonprofit and Courtney works for the state House of Representatives. We got married on the evening of December 31st in our backyard because we thought 2016 needed something nice in it!*

Photos courtesy of Reggie Beehner Photography.

*(For similar reasons, we’ve scheduled this post to go up at noon today.)

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Event Credits

Location: KentuckyPhotography: Reggie Beehner Photography
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Wedding: Erica & Brittany

From Jane, the brides’ photographer: Brittany and Erica first met in May 2014. Brittany swept Erica off her feet when she sent her a message on her online dating profile about macaroni and cheese. When the two met in person at Ubon Thai restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware, they hit it off right away.

On September 4, 2015, in Bethany Beach, Delaware—just a few miles down the coast from where they shared their second date—Brittany proposed to Erica. Showing off her creative side, Brittany created a homemade picture book that told their love story and Erica read it as they enjoyed a picnic. A little over a year later, they are thrilled to be celebrating the start of this next chapter with beloved family and friends!

Erica and Britt are a couple full of joy and who bring everyone together in any setting. Their wedding was no exception. There wedding was aboard a boat that took the couple from engaged to married to dancing in the mist of a beautiful nighttime cruise! 

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Event Credits

Location: Connecticut RiverPhotography: Jane Barry
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Engagement: Hannah & Nicole

For our first engagement feature of 2017, here’s a beautiful session from a warmer season! Enjoy.

From Nicole: “Excuse me; can you hold that door for me?”

“What’s the magic word?”

“Uh, I love you?”

This was one of the first exchanges Hannah and I had with each other. At the time it seemed like just a smart aleck exchange between two people who had spoken only a few words to each other. In reality, it was a foreshadowing of what was to come.

I was in love with Hannah from the moment I met her. She has an infectious smile and an energy about her that makes you feel completely at ease. When I held the door for her at work we exchanged those words and I have to admit, even though it was a joke, I felt my heart skip a beat. The two of us connected instantly. I know that people say that they fell in love at first sight, but I was a cynic and did not believe in any of that, at least not until I met Hannah. Early on in our dating I found this quote that perfectly sums up our connection, “You were you and I was I; we were two, before our time. I was yours, before I knew; and you have always been mine two.”- Lang Leav. Getting to know Hannah was like becoming reacquainted with a long lost soul whom I had known before.

Given both of our love for the outdoors, our first date was in the Arb in Ann Arbor. What was intended to be a short stroll turned into a 5-hour journey in which we climbed trees, walked barefoot, skipped rocks and philosophized. I truly believe that Hannah and I fell in love walking through the Arb that day, and from there we never looked back. The past year and a half has been full of love, joy, sadness—through losses of loved ones, the birth of a niece, and, of course, our engagement.

Hannah asked me to marry her while we were camping one weekend (one of our favorite things to do). We were on Good Harbor beach right outside of Leelanau for the day. While enjoying being the only ones there, sitting by the water reading on the beach, Hannah nonchalantly said, “So, I talked to your parents a while ago about marrying you. I asked them for permission and they said they were all for it.” I found this interesting because even though we had discussed getting married, I had no idea where this conversation was going. Confused, I said to her, “Awesome! So one day here soon I’ll be expecting that question from you.” When I looked up from my book and over at Hannah she had a beautiful birch tree candle that swiveled open. She then swiveled it open to reveal the words, “Will you marry me?” It was perfect. Little did Hannah know that I had already purchased a ring for her and had planned on asking her to marry me on our next trip up north. So, a few weeks later, while sitting in our hammock watching the sunset over Lake Michigan I gave Hannah her ring and asked her to marry me as well.

On October 7, 2017, we will say I do, which is the most exciting thing ever!

Photos courtesy of Justine Castle.

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Event Credits

Location: St. Clair, MichiganPhotography: Justine Castle: http://www.justinecastle.com/
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