STUNNING photos by Lara Hotz.
Thank you for all the concern! Angela and I made it through the hurricane with minimal damage. We had a leak in our bathroom but we never lost power – so fortunate. My office is still without power and the subways aren’t running so I am beginning to get a bit stir crazy in the house.
And I just realized it’s Halloween. So in honor of the holiday I am sharing Aya and Yaelle’s costume filled, Purim wedding. The photos are fantastic and their story is bittersweet.
I am Yaelle, a Jewish, French woman from a conservative family and Aya is an Israeli woman from a liberal family. I came out four years ago and my parents didn’t accept it. They didn’t come to our wedding in Israel or our wedding in Toronto.
Aya and I got married in Israel on the day of Purim, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the wake of a plot by Hanan. Purim is celebrated by giving mutual gifts of food and drink so our hosts brought the food, each one cooking his specialty. Customs of Purim include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration. It also happened to be our two year anniversary the same day.
Since same-sex wedding is not allowed in Israel, we wrote our Ketuba (jewish act of marriage) ourselves and instead of a Rabbi marrying us, our friends Eyal and Yair, who introduced us, officiated the ceremony. We invited seven couples of friends and family to bless us under the Huppa that four Marilyn Monroes carried. Also we surprised Aya’s Parents by announcing I changed my name to her family name.
As a same-sex couple, the idea to get married was more a political act than a profound envy. On a personal level I wanted to show my parents that being with a women was not just a phase that will pass.On a global context , the rejection of a child by parents is the same rejection of governments to their citizens. We wish that no one will have to chose between his/her parents or his/her lover.
Photographs by Joleen Thiessen.
From Winnipeg, Manitoba (that’s Canada for those US-centric folks) photographer extraordinaire Brittany: Sarah and Jo got married along the red river amongst all their family and friends, along with their two ‘children,’ their dogs as the ring-bearers. these two hockey players did everything right, from the venue to the decor, this wedding was a dream.
Hockey players? That’s a bit bad-ass. And so is that entrance.
I’ve been eagerly anticipating Leah and Lisa’s wedding ever since they started reading this blog and I started reading theirs. And then we had the pleasure of sharing their engagement shoot (which remains my colleague’s favorite post on this blog) so sharing their wedding now feels very special.
From photographer Karen Leah: On Leah’s blog, 4 days before her wedding, she wrote: “We are in our final week. I cannot believe we are here. To be honest, I am stressed the eff out. I’m shaking. My stomach is in a ball of nerves and fire. I feel like I need to eat but NOTHING sounds appealing, AT ALL. Like not even my normal water intake sounds good. I usually drink up to 4 liters of water a day. But lately… I don’t want to drink anything. Except wine, perhaps. Ha!”
“I’m sure everything will work out. It has to because that’s what everyone is telling me. You know, I don’t mind that. I really don’t. But I feel like I can’t vent. I can’t have any freak out moments or stressed out moments because the person I’m stressing to will just say: it will all work out.”
“It’s kind of funny in a stressed out sort of way, when I think back two years ago. Even 4 months ago. I thought – shit! I need more projects! I’m going to run out of things to do! I WAS INSANE.”
“BECAUSE IT WILL ALL WORK OUT!”
“Yes, it will! It’s called Wedding Zen. It’s called Wedding Magick. It’s called ‘putting it out into the universe’ that our day will be fucking incredible. I believe it will be and I can’t wait.”
From my perspective, it was Wedding Magick. Every detail was made with love and looked impeccable. Everything was not only beautifully coordinated, but each bridal party detail and color seemed perfectly matched to the individual it was assigned to. The wedding was touching and so personal. At the beginning of the ceremony, Lisa and Leah’s Celebrant kindly requested that everyone turn off their phones and cameras, but not for the typical reasons, but because, “We want you to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us.” Even as their photographer, I felt really in the moment with them. Leah and Lisa seem to genuinely embrace everyone around them, and you could feel it throughout their wedding day.
However, they really remembered to take a moment for just the two of them. Before photos with the “honor party of awesomeness” and after the first look where they saw each other for the first time AT THE SAME TIME (love it), they took a minute to say their private vows to each other on a bridge in the corner of the park that seemed MADE for this purpose.
I was driving in the East Village early yesterday morning and the remnants of NYC pride looked a bit as though a very large unicorn puked up glitter and rainbows.
In honor of these festivities I’m sharing Jessi and Lizzy’s rainbow themed lesbian wedding photos because even though I have a bit of an aversion to color schemes that aren’t monochromatic (I am such a bore in that way) I do feel my heart swell with pride when I see all these colors. Who can’t fall in love with a rainbow kabob?
From Double K Photography: Jessi & Lizzy were married in New York City on July 24th 2011. We were able to be present as photographers to capture their intimate wedding reception in April in Lafayette, Indiana! They clearly love each other, and their family & friends adore them too! It was a great way to spend an evening!
Copenhagen residents Thilde and Lara hosted a simple and fun rooftop, lesbian wedding on their terrace that epitomizes what I think of as Scandinavian aesthetic: modern, simple, quirky and efficient. Their ceremony was held at City Hall but rather than waiting in line and being married in the Registrar’s office they elected to be married by the Mayor of Environmental and Technical affairs which afforded them the opportunity to utilize any room in the building.
Photographs by Amanda Thomsen.