From Carolyn Scott
: Our first e-mail from Melanie said, “Two girls getting married in Durham seek cool, laid-back, easy-going, ridiculously talented photographers to capture every detail of this illegal venture on June 7, 2013 at Duke Gardens. Two wedding dresses, two mothers of the bride, two step dads, one dad, two maids of honor, zero bridesmaids and one awesome party. We met at a white trash party, Nicole took Mel’s stitches out after ACL surgery and impressively told the surgeon “I got this.” A year later Mel saw Nicole doing Soulja Boy moves on the dance floor and knew she needed to get to know this girl better. So she did. We are celebrating the fifth anniversary of our first date on 12/12/12. Mel asked Nicole to marry her on Labor Day and gave her a ring. A month later Nicole asked Mel to marry her back and gave HER a ring. Because you can do cool stuff like that when you are two girls.” For reference – Melanie is in the pink dress, Nicole is in the ivory dress.
We loved them instantly. Then they came over to our house and Nicole wore this sweater. At that moment, we may or may not have begged them to let us shoot their wedding. They agreed. Then all went out to see Jurassic Park in 3D. They screamed really loud when the velociraptor attacked. Then we photographed their “gay and awesome” wedding ceremony (our first gay wedding!). And then went out two days later to see Iron Man (not in 3D… and no screaming this time). We found out that the paths behind our houses connect so they’re going to be seeing a lot more of us (provided they like their pictures) so that we can visit their elderly cat named Syd (see below) whom Carolyn befriended at the wedding.
Besides it being the first gay wedding we’ve photographed, it was also the biggest wedding heist we’ve EVER seen pulled off in the history of our career. I’d use this blog to lecture all of you ladies out there who are afraid of the rain on your wedding day, but I’m kind of sure that the pictures speak for themselves. Red/orange radar from a tropical storm and two brides who didn’t care at all but who were determined to take pictures outdoors come hell or high water (quite literally very high). We were soaked (and changed our clothes before the ceremony; Carolyn blow-dried her shoes in their bathroom) but the girls stayed relatively dry thanks to umbrellas… and this should prove to ALL of you that it’s better to dance in the rain than to have indoor pictures. Anyway – it was wet. The ground was flooded. Duke Gardens wouldn’t put out chairs because they would destroy the extremely saturated grass. But Melanie and Nicole are like the honey badgers of the bride world and had their wedding outside anyway with standing guests. The sun came out one hour prior to ceremony time. It was amazing and total unreal. Their pictures after the ceremony at Duke Gardens are a sunny day. One of their guests asked us the evening before what’s the craziest thing we’ve ever seen at a wedding – and now we have an answer.
Photos by Carolyn Scott Photography.
Derek, from Two Ring Studios, emailed me yesterday and said “It’s a sad day here in NC with the passing of Amendment 1. So, I thought the timing of posting Patty and Lisa’s commitment ceremony this week might raise awareness of the issue.”
I agree! As a big eff-you to North Carolina for their decision to deny basic civil liberties to their residents, today’s wedding features a (still) proud, lesbian, North Carolina couple.
From Derek: Patty and Lisa were officially wed in Boston, MA earlier in year, but they celebrated their marriage in the lush mountains of Asheville, NC. Surrounded by friends and family, a blessing service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville followed by an enchanted reception at Biltmore Estate’s Lioncrest venue. The lovely couple wore dresses in shades of blue that complimented the floral embellishments of hydrangea and lilies. Lanterns hanging from trees lit up the beautiful spring evening as guests danced the night away to jazz vocalist Kat Williams.
Are you kidding me with this last picture? That setting (and photo!) is stunning… I think an excursion to the Biltmore is in order. More importantly, congratulations ladies and thank you for being an exceptional example of love and commitment in the face of discrimination.
Gorgeous Photos by Two Ring Studios
Event CreditsFlorist: Blossoms at BiltmoreMusic: Kat WilliamsPhotography: Two Ring StudiosPlanner or Event Designer: Two Sweet SparrowsVenue: Biltmore Estate
Trinity Episcopal Church
From the brides: We started our wedding adventure with a group called Cycle North Carolina which biked from the mountains to the beach of this beautiful state. It took us 7 days and 395 miles to reach the most exciting day of our life, our wedding day. Once we reached the finish line in Corolla, North Carolina where family and close friends waited to greet us, we all traveled to the wedding location, a beach house in Nags Head. A weekend full of love, celebration, sand, sunrises, and an ocean front view was a perfect combination for our wonderful event.
We knew from the beginning of our wedding planning we wanted an intimate setting and a unique experience. This beach house certainly did the trick. It was a perfect way to spend time with those we care about most.
The day and weather could not have been better. Love and joy was seeping out from everywhere. Our beautiful blue wedding dresses stood out amongst our guests, who were asked to wear white. The wind, with it’s gentle touch, added to the movement of positive energy and happiness that surrounded us. The celebration even continued into the next day. As all our family and friends probably would have guessed considering how we began our wedding experience, the celebration was concluded with a bicycle ride off into the world as a newlywed couple and a just married sign. You see, just because the North Carolina law currently says this same-sex love and marriage will not be recognized does not mean it is not recognized by the people who really matter to us. Love is love.
Photos by Krista Moll Murray.
Event CreditsAttire: David's BridalLocation: Nags Head, NCPhotography: Krista Moll Murray
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Sarahbeth is the creative genius behind Unabashed Apparel, a handmade, sustainable women’s clothing line, so when she and Gracia were ready to get married they did it in style.
From Sarahbeth: In October we eloped to upstate New York. We didn’t want anyone, including the photographer (who also happens to be a dear friend) to be present for our vows – we wanted to be married completely alone. After we eloped we went on a honeymoon to Scotland and Ireland.
We held a bonfire celebration two days after Thanksgiving in our North Carolina Appalachian mountains. We served grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup, apple cider with whiskey, and pie. The day centered around a toasting at 4-ish in the afternoon. My brother and father played their guitars after the sun went down. It was a wonderfully laid back, down home day.
I did indeed make Gracia’s and my outfits both for the elopement and the bonfire. (Outside my women’s apparel line I take a couple of wedding dress commissions a year.)
Event CreditsAttire: Unabashed ApparelFlorist: Kyoko MasutaniPhotography: Elopement: Ashley Fleetwood
Bonfire: Ashley Fleetwood & Amanda SattlerVenue: Bonfire: Home of Hallie Richards