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Wedding: Mirhanda & MB

From the couple: For most of our (admittedly short) engagement, we thought we were going to elope. Large gatherings are not really our thing, and we would much rather spend the day reading in a tea room. Ultimately, though, all 6 of our Southern parents got involved, and the rest is history.

In the end, our theme became “It’s Not a Wedding Without _______.” In place of gifts, our guests brought the one thing they thought was essential for any wedding to have. By the end of the day, we had flowers, dresses, cake, a photographer, and a trip to Asheville. One of our friends even brought herself as our last-minute officiant (Thanks, Mo!).

The day was wonderful, and we joke that we must be the only couple to be surprised by their own wedding!

Photos courtesy of Annamax Photography.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/Photography: https://www.facebook.com/annamaxphotography/Venue: http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/
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Road Trip: Portland, OR

This week we’re hitting up the west coast for some LBTQ+ wedding fun in Portland, Oregon, where we’ll get a glimpse of some lovely ceremonies and a beautiful combination of city and nature views!

First we have Kaysey & Jacque’s engagement at Skidmore Bluffs and their wedding at Halocene…IMG_7537-XLunnamed-12

…and this shot from Becca & Megan’s wedding at the Historic Overlook House:
Katie & Charlotte’s December wedding takes us downtown on a beautiful winter evening…

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…while Anna & Kristen’s engagement photos really show off that luscious Pacific Northwest greenery!
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Joni & Janelle’s commemorated their domestic partnership with this amazing outdoor shoot…
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…and although technically, Tiffany & Stephanie’s elopement occurred a little bit outside of the city, there was no way we couldn’t include a few of these GORGEous (ha!) photos of them at Wahclella Falls!© Kim Smith-Miller | www.kimsmithmiller.com© Kim Smith-Miller | www.kimsmithmiller.com

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Road Trip: Chicago

After two stops on the east coast, our road trip’s heading west to the Windy City, home to stylish brides and brooms, the famous “Bean,” and some gorgeous rooftop venues!

Nicole & Marla took advantage of the bright lights of the Chicago Theater to take this gorgeous engagement shot…

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And Lauren & Jessie‘s wedding party posed in front of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture!

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Navy Pier provides the perfect backdrop for Crissy & Erin‘s two dress gorgeousness…

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…while the Chicago skyline perfectly complements Amy & Amanda‘s, Nicole & Marla‘s, and Belinda & Phyllis’s photos.

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Julie & Laura & Crissy & Erin rock the rooftop wedding…

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And Lupe & LoriSusan & Julie, and Sarah & Jesse found the ideal graffiti-ed settings for these beautiful shots:

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We’ve got bridges, featuring Andrea & Kim and Sarah & Jesse

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…and streetscapes with Jen & Carien and Andrea & Julie.

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Plus, two awesome images from Jamie & Jesse‘s and Anna & Hannah‘s shoots at the Boardwalk Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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The biggest Chicago fans of all? That might just be Susan & Julie, whose Illinois wedding cake makes the perfect conclusion to this stop on our road trip!

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Road Trip: New York City

For the second stop on our wedding season road trip, we’re taking you to New York City, the birthplace of this blog—and the site of so many beautiful queer love affairs. Scroll down for lots of Big Apple LBTQ+ wedding inspiration, and explore our archives for even more queer New York City wedding and engagement shoots.

We love these quintessential yellow cab shots with Benette & KatherineJulie & Rebecca, and Jill & Susanne:

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And these Grand Central photos, with Wilkins & Monica and Tiffany & Karmen:

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We’ve got love in the subway, with Amalia & Melissa and Ria & Robyn

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…and plenty of City Hall weddings, like Jordan & Meredith‘s and Jill & Susanne‘s:

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The Brooklyn Bridge makes a gorgeous backdrop for engagements, weddings, and *double* weddings, like these from Rheanna & MarthaLara & NicoleJulie, Kim, Jami, and Nivana, and Kristin & Diana:

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And Central Park’s the site of elopements galore, including Laura & Louise‘s, Latrice & Maurita‘s, and Kelley & Michelle‘s:

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Brooklyn offers brownstone beauty for Ria & RobynLauren & Emily, and Amalia & Melissa:

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Plus, colorful graffiti for Emily & Robin and Ericka & Emily:

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Finally, we have plenty of beautiful streetscapes—like these from Ria & Robyn and Marissa & Casi:

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New York, New York! It’s a wonderful town for all things wedding!

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Road Trip: Boston

In 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize marriage equality, so it seems fitting that we’re shipping up to Boston for the first stop on our LBTQ wedding road trip!

In 2014, Melissa & Jamie traveled from Tampa, Florida (where same-sex marriage was not yet legal!) to get married in Boston, and took some adorable photos around the city:
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Then, there’s this glorious shot from
 Kate & Amanda‘s wedding at the Ritz-Carlton-Boston-Common:1-Amanda_Kate-269

Erin & Karen‘s wedding on the Boston harbor (or, I should say, “hah-bah”) is also lovely:image10

As is Anne & Tina‘s engagement on the Charles River Esplanade:
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I, personally, am completely in love with Carol & Anna’s wedding at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum:
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The Arnold Arboretum has also been a prime location for both weddings, like Jennifer & Shereta‘s…
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… and engagements, like Gretchenrae & Molly‘s:
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Cambridge has been the place for some hip weddings as well; in particular, Samantha & Whitney‘s wedding at the Blue Room…
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… and Katrina & Nora‘s wedding at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.
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We love that dirty water… and all of this Boston queer wedding inspiration!

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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: Patricia & Arielle

It’s not every day that we get to feature a wedding with the SAME THEME as our blog!

From Patricia and Arielle’s photographers, Simply K Studios: Patricia and Arielle walked into our studio on June 26, 2015, the historic day that our Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. I’m not sure I could have been more excited to hear their story and listen to their wedding plans! From that first day, I knew these two would have an amazing wedding, and we couldn’t be happier for them.

From Patricia: Eight years ago, I started my nursing career at a children’s hospital where I met Arielle who had already been a nurse for two years. If you ask her, it was love at first sight, but for me, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and was not ready to date again. For two years we became the best of friends. We were inseparable from day one, doing everything from baseball games to hiking/biking to cuddling up watching our favorite movies. I began to wonder why I couldn’t go a day without talking to or seeing —and finally I came to my senses and realized my feelings had grown into so much more than a friendship. I’ll never forget that evening when I told her how I felt and the smile on her face.

Six years have flown by, with ups and downs along the way, but we have always come out stronger than ever. We bought our dream house and dream dog and started our lives together. There were talks of getting married and days of ring shopping, but we knew we wanted to keep the proposals a surprise. I proposed to Arielle one night while we were playing Scrabble (her favorite game). She had no idea it was coming since we had spent all day doing yard work. I hid the ring in the letter bag while she wasn’t looking, and to my surprise it took almost the entire game for her to pull it out. Before I knew it, I was in front of her, asking her to spend her life with me. Lucky for me, she said  yes!

Arielle proposed to me two months later after I had gotten back from a trip to Minnesota. She had put together a sign of glow-in-the-dark stars with my family and cut a Harry Potter book (my favorite series to date) to the chapter “The Unbreakable Vow” for the ring box. When we lay in bed that night and the lights went out, “Marry Me” was glowing above us, and there she was with the book and ring. It was my idea of the perfect proposal.

Wedding planning wasn’t always easy, but our visions were on the same page. We chose a bicycle theme, which fit because of our love of the outdoors and biking, as well as our adventure tandem biking the Golden Gate Bridge. We found a few old bikes at a shop and restored them as decorations, as well as borrowing a vintage bike from our friend for pictures. Our personal touches were on every aspect of the day: from table settings with coffee in hand-stamped burlap bags as favors to the room lit up with tea lights and mason jar lights, and our Oreo dessert bar (my favorite dessert!). We wrote our entire ceremony (with a little help from the internet LOL), which was performed by one of our best friends, and when we exchanged vows, it was that fairytale moment, filled with excitement to start a new chapter in our lives together. Our wedding day was more than we could’ve hoped for, surrounded by everyone we love.

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Sottero, La SposaCatering: Farmington GardensDate: 04/15/2016Location: Farmington Gardens, Farmington CTMusic: Mike ConnellyPhotography: Simply K Studios, www.simplykstudios.comVenue: Hillstead Museum (photo location) and Farmington Gardens (ceremony and reception)
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