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Wedding: Lisa & Marina

Today we’re thrilled to bring you an award-winning LBTQ wedding! Lisa and Marina’s wedding recently won a Belief Award, a prestigious international award for wedding planners. The Belief Award team reached out to us to share the couple’s story:

This was the wedding of two Muscovites. In Russia, same-sex marriage is not allowed; however, it was very important for the brides to be registered and recognized officially. Lisa and Marina chose to be married in Portugal.

Lisa and Marina met occasionally in Berlin, and this city marked their lives forever. Traveling is one of the favorite activities of the couple. So, one day they came to Portugal, the country of great travelers, to make the most important decision of their relationship.

The main idea for the decor came from rustic chic. One of the most important and even crucial elements turned out to be the wedding bouquet. The objective in some ways was to reproduce the old master paintings using David Austin roses. 

It was quite emotional to make this alliance happen. Overall, they had a cozy party for 15 people who enjoyed incredibly tasty catering.

Photos courtesy of Dima Kornilov.

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Event Credits

Catering: Casa da Comida http://www.casadacomida.pt/Florist: Flowers and decor: Decorelle http://decorelle.eu/Location: Quinta Guia, Mafra, PortugalPhotography: Dima KornilovPlanner or Event Designer: Studiovictorias www.studiovictorias.com and Gay Wedding Portugal www.gayweddingportugal.net
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Wedding: Erin & Yolanda

From Erin and Yolanda’s wedding planner: Erin and Yolanda had an enchanted forest theme wedding located at the beautiful Prado ballroom in Balboa Park.

Photos courtesy of Acqua Photo.

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Event Credits

Florist: Blush BotanicalsLocation: Prado Ballroom in Balboa ParkOfficiant: Walter Gray IVOther: Cinema: Quixotic Weddings // Entertainment: Tidal Wave Photo Booths // Beauty: Nancy Jones & Alicia Kiel // Rentals & Decor: Concepts Event DesignPhotography: Acqua Photo
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Wedding: Emma & Katie

Emma and Katie’s Georgia wedding was our kind of day: featuring some top-notch dancing, donuts, AND cake. Watch their video here, and be prepared to cry. Their vows are pretty amazing. As for their message on the blog, they kept it simple.

From the bride & broom: It was the best day of our lives and the most fun we’ve ever had (and we have a lot of fun)! 

Photos courtesy of Cassie Xie Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: suit: Bindle and Keep; dress: Mikaella Bridal; Katie's shoes: Cole Haan; Emma's shoes: BHLDNCakes and Dessert: Revolution DonutsCatering: Bold American EventsFlorist: Bold American EventsLocation: Marietta, GeorgiaOfficiant: Rabbi Steve LebowOther: hair/makeup: Veronica Sitterding; videography: JP FrameworkPhotography: Cassie Xie PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: day-of coordinator: Grace Freeman, Lionhearted EventsVenue: The Brickyard, Marietta
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Wedding: Amy & Laura

From Claire of Wed in Central Park, Amy & Laura’s wedding planner: Amy and Laura brought twenty-seven of their close friends and family from Newcastle, Australia to get married in Central Park in April 2015.  They had their wedding ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion, which overlooks the lake with a backdrop of water, trees, and then the iconic New York skyline above.  They had acoustic guitar accompaniment to their ceremony, and a reception at The Cube at Riverpark, which overlooks the East River.

The couple met when Laura got a temping position at Amy’s work in January 2012.  Amy’s proposal to Laura was quite an elaborate one.  She did it one night when Laura had been working late.  Amy went home and laid candles around the house and rolled up a note with a quote from Dr Seuss: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”   She tied it to a ribbon and placed it around their cat’s neck.  Then she tied the engagement ring to a ribbon and put it around the other cat’s neck.  When Laura came home, Amy got down on one knee and presented her with the note. As she read it, Amy asked her to marry her.  Of course, she said yes!

When they started discussing wedding options they agreed that they wanted to combine a destination wedding with a big trip taking in some major sights in the US.  They visited LA, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas on their travels.  Originally they discussed getting married in Las Vegas, but they decided that it did not feel quite right for them. They wanted to get married somewhere beautiful, so they settled on Central Park in New York.

So, they had made their decision on the wedding ceremony location, but then they said that they had no idea where to start.  It turned out that I had planned the wedding of a friend of theirs in the fall of 2012. That friend suggested they get in touch with me, so they did, and we took things from there.  

Their wedding ceremony was held in the middle of the afternoon.  We arranged for an acoustic guitarist to be playing for their guests while they waited for the two brides to arrive.  The Ladies’ Pavilion is at the end of a pathway, with trees on either side of it, so this works very well as a kind of aisle for brides to walk down.  These brides arrived together, and they walked down the pathway to the guitarist singing “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban.

After they were pronounced married the guitarist played “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran while they signed the paperwork. Then, he continued to play other pieces while they took group photographs close to where they had held the ceremony.  Laura and Amy said that their favorite pictures were taken around the Ladies’ Pavilion and also overlooking Bow Bridge amongst the cherry blossoms.  The blossoms can come anytime from the end of March until sometime in May—it all depends quite when it starts to warm up in New York City—so they were lucky to see the trees in full bloom on their wedding day.  

After the wedding ceremony, the guests had some photographs taken in Central Park, then went on to the reception location.  Laura and Amy stayed on for a little longer to have some more photographs taken in different locations around Central Park.  Then after that they went off to their reception location, Riverpark in The Cube room.

Photos courtesy of Andy Mars Photography.

Event Credits

Location: Central Park, NYCPhotography: Andy Mars Photography
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Wedding: Laura & Louise

Over the years, we’ve featured plenty of Central Park weddings and engagement shoots, so we were thrilled when Claire got in touch with us to share Laura and Louise’s story. After her planning her own Central Park wedding, Claire started a whole business devoted to helping couples who want to tie the knot in the park. Here, she fills us in on English couple Laura and Louise’s big day.

From Claire, Laura & Louise’s wedding planner: Laura and Louise are from Sheffield in the North of England.  They met around fourteen years ago.  They were in the same hockey club and knew each other only a little at first, then they ended up playing on the same team and they got to know each other better.  This friendship became a romance, although love is often never as smooth as it should be: they spent some time apart as their lives took different courses for a while, but there was never a day when they would not be in touch in some way.

They got engaged in the middle of a fireworks display.  Louise asked Laura, with the aid of a ring Louise and Laura’s brother had made for the occasion.  Then they went together to get a proper one made specially.  They knew that they did not want a conventional wedding, so they looked in to several options of unique and unusual places to get married in England, such as a woodland center and an old factory.  Then they started to consider going abroad, and Laura casually suggested getting married in Central Park after she had remembered seeing it in a film.  After thinking it through more seriously, and comparing prices of venues at home to the cost of a destination wedding with built-in vacation, it seemed like no contest!  They contacted me, and we started to discuss their options.

We always get an event permit from the Central Park Conservancy for a wedding to ensure that there are no other wedding parties at the time and place where we want to hold a ceremony.  They chose the Ladies’ Pavilion, a lovely spot by the Lake on the West side of Central Park. The closest entrance to the Ladies’ Pavilion is the one right by John Lennon’s old home, the Dakota, at Central Park West and 72nd Street.

It is a very popular wedding location. There are seats inside and it has charming art deco cast-iron details.  It really matched their 1920s style outfits.  The Ladies’ Pavilion was originally built in the 1870s and used as a shelter for trolley passengers and was at Central Park’s 8th Avenue and 59th Street entrance, but it has been relocated to its current location. During the Winter the Ladies would change into their ice skates here, before skating on the lake, hence the name.  Laura and Louise had a lovely an iconic backdrop to the wedding, with the lake and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

There were seven guests in attendance at the wedding.  They had Laura’s Mum, Dad, brother and cousin, maid of honour and her boyfriend, and one friend from university who happened to be in America at the time.  We wrote a ceremony especially for the couple, and they wrote their own personal vows to read out to each other during the ceremony.  Laura’s brother, Adam, was their photographer.  After the ceremony they all travelled in the pedicabs to Bow Bridge and then on to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and had more pictures taken there.  

Laura wore a Joy by Jenny Packham dress with Irregular Choice shoes.  Laura’s saw the dress on an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride.  She contacted the shop in the show, and found out the name and designer of the dress and stockists in her home town. She never even looked at or tried on another dress!  Louise wore a Vivienne Westwood shirt and tailored trousers. There were no flowers, although the boys in the group all wore waistcoats with some fab boutonnieres made from buttons.  Laura did her own makeup and hair after tutorials back home in England, Louise’s hair was styled by Laura, and their make-up was done by one of their guests.

The wedding ceremony took place at 1pm so the morning was spent enjoying a hearty breakfast and then getting ready.  After the ceremony, the party spent some time in Central Park taking photos, stopping off for a quick hot dog and snow cone from a vendor.  They then walked back through Central Park to their nearby hotel.  They were congratulated as they walked.  In the evening they all went for a celebratory meal to Sarabeth’s on Central Park South, which they tell me was amazing food with great service.  They had been notified that it was a wedding breakfast and they made a huge effort to make it special.  They finished off the day by changing into their pajamas and drinking champagne on the rooftop terrace of their hotel. The next morning Laura and Louise enjoyed a helicopter tour of the city, which had paid for by some of their family as a wedding gift.

Laura told me that one of the most amazing things about the day was how amazing the people were who happened to stumble upon their ceremony, and then afterwards as they took a stroll back through Central Park to their hotel.  They said that people were very friendly and complimentary, with so many people saying “Congratulations”, making nice comments on their outfits, and people stopping to talk to them about the ceremony and their plans for the rest of the day. They said that it made them feel really special.

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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: Maureen & Morgan

From Morgan: Maureen and I met on OKCupid over four years ago. Even though we lived on either side of Los Angeles, we found out on our first date that we grew up less than a mile from each other, worked next door to each other in high school, and have mutual friends, among other coincidences. We were destined to cross paths and are thankful every day that we found one another.

We were able to plan the wedding of our dreams at one of our favorite places, the Ojai Valley Inn. We are so grateful for all of the amazing professionals that made our wedding so special and uniquely us, especially our incredible planner Michel of Michel B. Events, our florist Bree of RockRose Florals, and photographer Daniele of Lavender and Twine.

Surrounded by 130 of our close family and friends, we said our “I do’s” in the historic Wallace Neff courtyard with the rolling hills of the Ojai Valley as our backdrop. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour in the terraced herb garden. The Get Down Boys provided a fun bluegrass music backdrop and were a hit with our guests. The reception dinner was held on the Orchard lawn below and was set up with extra long tables and strung with twinkle lights. DJ Wes of RedShoe L.A. got everyone on the dance floor following our first dance and joint father/daughter dance. 

It was the most memorable weekend of our lives and we can’t wait to go back to relive it every year on our anniversary!

Photos courtesy of Lavender & Twine.

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Event Credits

Attire: Monique Lhuillier & CustomFlorist: Rockrose Floral DesignMusic: Red Shoe LA & The Get Down BoysPhotography: Lavender & Twine//http://www.lavenderandtwinebride.com/Stationery: Carmody & Co.Venue: Ojai Valley Inn
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