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Anniversary: Kimberly & Hayley

Kim and Hayley’s Banff elopement (complete with wedding dresses and snow boots!) was one of our favorite features from 2016, so we were thrilled to get an update from this binational couple!

From Hayley: Because we never had an official engagement I decided to surprise Kim with a ring on our first anniversary that we spent in Amsterdam. We had a really fun photographer Nadine, and it was a great day. We are still living in separate countries waiting on visas but things are moving a lot closer to an end date, hopefully next time we update we’ll be in the same country!

Photos courtesy of Nadine van der Wielen.


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Date: February 10th, 2017Location: AmsterdamPhotography: Nadine van der Wielen
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Wedding: Joann & Dawn

From Gay Destination Weddings, who helped organize Joann & Dawn’s big day: Joann and Dawn knew they wanted a carefree destination wedding that doubled as an extended vacation with their closest family and friends. And they found just that at the Sandos Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

Repurposing seashells and starfish elements from Dawn’s mother’s own beachside wedding over 20 years ago, the brides paid homage to their past while celebrating their future on the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

To infuse their personalities into their away-from-home celebration, they brought along custom wedding hashtagged Cards Against Humanity cards, cheeky wedding signage, and unique passport wedding stationery. Once the sun went down, Joann and Dawn rocked it out all night long with their loved ones underneath the stars—complete with one big finale as the two jumped into the resort pool with their gowns on!

How They Met

From Dawn: It was June 9th, 2011 when I met Joann. It was a beautiful day. To be perfectly honest, I had a sense that I was going to meet someone amazing that day. In fact, I even wrote it down. There was a street festival going on and people everywhere. I went to a local watering hole to meet up with a friend, whom I immediately had to escort into a cab. Shortly after sending my extremely drunk friend home, a very tall girl cornered me at the pool table. Unbeknownst to me, Joann had spotted my very unimpressed body language and swooped in as my hero. Joann pretended that we knew each other and that we had an unfinished conversation. I jumped on the opportunity to escape. Joann‘s quick-witted humor was one thing, but I quickly found that she has a heart of gold as well. I was hooked. 

From Joann: As Dawn shared above, we met a few years ago after Market Days, and the rest is history! Although she lived way up north, and I practically needed my passport to go see her, she welcomed any opportunity to come to Wicker Park to visit Piece Pizza, Big Star Tacos, and of course, see me! Three years of dating later, we’ve moved in together and have adopted our baby June-Bug. She is GREAT practice for a family—and a test of our patience. We’ve had some great adventures together traveling in the country and out. Mostly, I look forward to the adventures our future will bring us. But the best part of Dawn and I being engaged might have been that we definitely didn’t have to worry about whose last name to take!

Photos courtesy of Leah Moyers Photography.

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Location: Cancun, MexicoPhotography: Leah Moyers Photography ( with Videography by Visual Media Productions ( & Photo Booth by La Cabina Mexico ( or Event Designer: Carmen Liborio with Travel & Accomodations by GayDestinationWeddings.comVenue: Sandos Cancun Resort (
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Wedding: Ashley & Angela

From Ashley and Angela: We got married at the Iberostar in Cancun, Mexico in front of 70+ of our closest friends and family. After finding each other online, we couldn’t wait to have our first date… so much so, that we had a pre-first date! Since then, we’ve been inseparable. Our dream destination wedding took place on a gorgeous beach of Cancun. We DIY’d most of our wedding details (chapstick, miniature donkey pinata favors, program fans, wedding signs, scented aloe, newsletter, invitations, etc), and our bridal party so graciously helped us by lugging them in suitcases to Mexico. It was a lot of work, but we loved every moment of it; in fact, the projects we took on brought us even closer together. Ashley and her mother even DIY’d her wedding dress and hair accessory!!! Angela and her mother do not have those skills; they went shopping… haha. Everything far exceeded our expectations. The weather was gorgeous, the music didn’t stop, and the superior company was what made our day. We couldn’t have asked for a better party! We are so grateful to our photographer (Mark Chaird of Chaird Photo) and videographers (Ryan Beacher and Sara Murray of Squareware Studios) for capturing every memory for us to cherish. The day flew by so quickly, it was an absolute pleasure to relive it through the photographs and videos we received. Priceless memories captured forever.

We live a truly blessed life together. We have been on adventures in Costa Rica, relaxed on the gorgeous beaches of Mexico, explored various cities from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston and then some. Our itch to travel continues as we look forward to more destinations to visit, more cultures to enlighten us. We also enjoy doing DIY projects ranging from house decor to furniture restoration to gifts to home improvements… the list is randomly endless. We actually just started a new YouTube channel last week called LEZdoit to share some of our projects! It’s in the early stages, but we hope to share our love for creating beautiful, affordable commodities. Ashley is the main artist behind all that we do; everything she touches turns out to be a piece of artwork. While Angela is the avid “foodie” of our team; she thrives off of culinary creativity. Her passion for food has allowed us to open our palettes and minds to appreciate the beauty amongst different cultures.

Our family and friends are very important to us, and we’re lucky to be surrounded by amazing people. Not only have they accepted us with open arms, they’ve wholeheartedly supported and encouraged us to love each other and everyone/everything that surrounds us. The world is a better place just for the love that radiates around us. With that, we repeat, we live a truly blessed life together and are excited to embrace what the future holds for us. We hope, by sharing this love, we encourage the acceptance of all kinds of love the world has to offer. Cheers to love because love always wins!

You can also check out Ashley and Angela’s wedding trailer, produced by Squareware Studios.

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Event Credits

Location: Cancun, MexicoOther: Video by Ryan Beacher and Sara Murray of Squareware StudiosPhotography: Mark Chaird of Chaird PhotoPlanner or Event Designer: Audrina and Israel of Iberostar CancunVenue: Iberostar Cancun
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Wedding: Lauren & Christine

From Lauren: As an event planner, I wanted to have a destination wedding to ensure we had an intimate affair with our closest family and friends and also to relieve some of the stress of planning a large wedding. We had over 50 people fly to Mexico to enjoy a week of festivities!

Naturally, I had to get involved in some DIY projects. Our colors were ivory, navy and burlap with a hint of mint. I created almost every aspect of the wedding – invitations, menus, reminder cards, table numbers, etc. My vision was rustic beach with a Mexican flare. We both really appreciate the holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and what it stands for, so it was incorporated into our planning. Sugar skulls were subtlety added into the mix – on our welcome cups, wedding favors and cake topper.

Our day flowed perfectly. Nicole Barr (our photographer) made sure of it! She kept us on track and on time. We knew we wanted a “first look” to calm our nerves and prevent “ugly” crying during the ceremony – so glad we did. It was an intimate moment and we were able to get a lot of photos taken during this time as well.

My cousin Jan married us. Christine and Jan worked hard to create a beautiful ceremony. It was personal, unique and from the heart. Our ceremony and cocktail hour were on a gorgeous sky deck overlooking the ocean, and a generous breeze was welcomed as it was hot. The reception was situated in between two pools, creating a beautiful back drop in the evening with candles, strung lights and papel picado. Our first dance was to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”

We ended the night by jumping in the pool! It started as a fun shot we wanted to have the photographer take, and then our bridal party and guests joined us! It was the highlight of the evening and certainly something we will never forget.

We have received countless comments on how much fun our guests had and I wish we could do it all over again!

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Event Credits

Attire: JCrewLocation: Puerto Morelos, MexicoMusic: DJ All MusicOfficiant: Cousin of Bride: Jan HaydenPhotography: Nicole Barr PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Weddings by LomasStationery: Made by BrideVenue: Azul Sensatori
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Elopement: Anna & Mel

From Anna: Mel and I met three years ago through Tumblr. She was based in Canada while I was based in the Philippines. Three months after we met, she got all crazy, jumped on a plane and headed home to ask me to be her girlfriend and her wife. Since same sex marriage isn’t legal where I live and getting a visa to where she’s at is a long shot, we decided to elope in stunning New Zealand.

Photos courtesy of Kate Wark Photographer.

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Event Credits

Date: 10/27/2015Location: Auckland, New ZealandOther: Hair and Makeup by Face Me Makeup NZPhotography: Kate Wark PhotographerVenue: Silo Park
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Wedding: Teri & Angela

From the couple: Teri and Angela met through their art. Teri “Lyric” Green is a rising music star that has been making major moves, and Angela “Imani Truth” Manson is known by some as “the princess of poetry.” Both have performed with famous names, are international artists, and have the same heart.

Through pain and art their love was born. Teri decided, “I’m not letting something so good pass me by,” and while she was on tour in Jamaica in 2013 she popped the big question to Angela. Surprisingly, Angela said yes!! Teri is the first female relationship ever for Angela, and now four years later they are stronger than ever. Both have careers but mainly they thrive on assisting others: together they have fed more than 1200 homeless people out of their pockets, more than 600 kids, and sent 3 kids to prom.

While getting ready to secure the ceremony, the unexpected happened– which only proved even more that they were destined to be together. Teri’s mother passed away two weeks before the wedding, and majority of the funeral costs fell upon her. Teri and Angela cut a few things from the wedding so that Teri’s mom can have the home-going she deserved, while the couple could still pull off a great wedding. With emotions soaring to unknown heights, Teri had her mother cremated and still took her to the wedding– her mother had never been out of the country while she was alive. The wedding was July 4th, and Teri held a release ceremony for her mom the next day. 

Teri and Angela also sent us their wedding video, and a link to Teri’s music website. She describes her style as “the love child of Drake and J. Cole” with an emphasis on positivity!

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Date: July 4th, 2015Location: Hard Rock Hotel Dominican Republic
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Wedding: Jane & Laurie

From Jane: Laurie and I met over ten years ago, when we were both in college in Washington, DC. I fell head-over-heels at first sight, but it took me a little longer to convince Laurie. After a wonderful road trip through California, she was finally convinced! Even though we come from completely opposite backgrounds in many ways (I was raised by hippies in Northern California, and she was raised by fundamental Christians in Oklahoma), we share similar passions for the outdoors, animals of all kinds, and art/photography. We are also Deaf, and all of our friends are too, while our families are hearing.

We started to plan our wedding around two years ago, picking a date when many of our friends and family would be able to join us, since we decided on a destination wedding in the Virgin Islands. We have gone there many times and have many happy memories there, and we wanted to share those memories with our family and friends. Our event was unforgettable from start to finish. We kicked off the week with a sunset sail on Tuesday, and then had a joint family dinner on Wednesday, since our families had never met before the wedding week (thankfully it went extremely well), and finally, rehearsal on Thursday.

The BIG day on Friday started with mimosas and a delicious breakfast, made by my friend who is a professional chef, in our villa kitchen. Afterwards, Laurie went to start getting dressed, while I lingered, talking with friends. Suddenly one of our friends ran in to tell us about the Supreme Court decision! We had resigned ourselves to the fact that the decision wasn’t going to happen on our day, but the court surprised us all! I ran to tell Laurie. She later said she couldn’t imagine what the emergency was, because the expression on my face was joyful yet I was running towards her… then I told her the news. We both burst into tears. It was a very emotional morning. After that, we got ready.

Before we knew it, our families started to arrive to witness us signing our wedding ketubah (Jewish marriage document). We signed the ketubah, and had photos with our families on the deck of our villa. Afterwards it was time to head down for the ceremony, on the beautiful Trunk Bay beach, which is one of the best beaches in the world. The ceremony went by quickly, with beautiful readings (Neruda, Corinthians, and ee cummings) from Laurie’s brother and my sister, accompanied by two close friends. We wrote our own vows, and said them simultaneously, and then jumped into the water for our first kiss as a married couple after over ten years of being together!

The reception was beautiful, with wonderful catering and a huge open bar on the deck of our villa. The party finished pretty early, because the next morning, we met bright and early on the dock to take a chartered boat with most of our wedding guests to the British Virgin Islands. We spent the day snorkeling, sailing, hiking the Baths National Park, and eating at a country club on one of the BVIs (Cooper Island).

This concluded our unforgettable wedding in the Virgin Islands! We couldn’t have asked for a better day, or for better memories. We have a lot more pictures – picking just a few was hard! Much love and best wishes to future brides… we hope our wedding inspires you!

Photos courtesy of Savanah Loftus.

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Attire: Dress: Encore by Watters / Suit: NordstromCakes and Dessert: Island Sweet Stuff http://www.islandsweetstuff.comCatering: Ted Robinson http://www.tedssupperclub.comFlorist: Passion Flower St John http://www.passionflowerstjohn.comLocation: St John, US Virgin IslandsOfficiant: Juniper Sussman (friend)Photography: Savanah Loftus: http://savanahloftus.comVenue: Trunk Bay, St John
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