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Wedding: Emily & Robin

From Emily & Robin: Our story starts like a cliche, in a bar—our love is anything but…

We both went to a meet-up group mixer one night in November of 2014, and by luck we ended up in a grouping together at the start of the event. We talked during a break, followed each other throughout the rest of the events for the night, and afterwards went to talk more over tea, ending up walking around the streets of the West Village getting to know each other for another couple hours. We both knew right away that this was different, and within a week we had fallen in love. Robin was invited to family Christmas 10 days later, and marriage was talked about in the first two weeks.  We got engaged a year later and started planning our intimate wedding shortly after. We had gone to Aurora Brooklyn (our venue) on our third date and again the night we got engaged. Their garden atrium was the perfect place for our ceremony, and their food is out of this world—and an important requirement for our wedding. We wanted it to be filled with good friends, our wonderful families, great food, and an amazing time.   And it was. We opted to do a lot of the decorations ourselves, i.e. the backdrop, the flowers, and a lot of smaller decorative elements. We also used Etsy and close friends for the bigger parts: our cake-topper, hair and make-up, and our day-of coordinator. All of this helped to reduce the cost of a NYC wedding so that we could spend our money on an amazing wedding photographer and a fantastic venue.  We couldn’t have asked for a better event—it really was everything we wanted and more!

Photos courtesy of Sarah Tew Photography.

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Event Credits

Music: Marie Michele (https://www.gigmasters.com/jazz/mariemichele) // First Dance Song Performed by Doug Winton & Carly Walker of Kyloe Blue (http://www.kyloeblue.com/) // Venue & Catering: Aurora Brooklyn (http://aurorabk.com/) // Make-Up: Erin Acker (http://www.erinmacker.com/) // Invitations: Love and Shelter (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveandShelter) // Hair: (Emily) Missy Green (http://www.salonroc.com/) // Day of Coordinator: Lovelys Powell // Cake Topper: MeltingPotLove // Cake: Ladybird Bakery (http://www.ladybirdbakery.com/) and The Chocolate Room (http://thechocolateroombrooklyn.com/)
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Gallery: Loving You Was Red

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a gallery of all things red!

We’re sending thoughts of love and chocolate out to all our readers today (and everyday!) and wishing one and all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

For more LBTQ wedding inspiration, check out our other galleries here.

Wilkins & Monicawilkins & monicaBrittney & KaraBritney & KaraErica & AlexErica & AlexIlina & Kristin:
ilina & kristinLauren & JessieLauren & JessieTara & MeganTara & MeganCecily & Alaynacecily & alaynaRebekah & Shawna: Rebekah & ShawnaLindsay & AngelaLindsey & Kara

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Gallery: Superb Succulents

I (Ashley) am a proud owner of a small jade plant appropriately (and not very creatively) named Little Plant. As Little Plant is probably the only thing I’ve successfully grown, I am extremely fond of it… and so when I see a wedding that features succulents, I’m always extra excited.

Succulents can be a funky alternative to traditional bouquets, add flair to a cake, and adorably point guests to their seats. Check out how these couples integrated their own little plants into their ceremonies!

Looking for more queer wedding inspiration? Peruse more galleries here!

Jillian & Emily:Succulents- Jillian & EmilyAja & Miranda:Succulents- Aja & MirandaAnnMarie & Ann:Succulents- AnnMarie & AnnLo & Kate:Succulents- Lo & Kate

Jessica & Erika:Succulents- Jessica & ErikaSucculents- Jessica & Erika2Succulents- Jessica & Erika3Joanna & Valerie:Succulents- Joanna & Valerie

Lauren & Jennie:Succulents- Lauren & Jennie Leah & Lisa:Succulents- Leah & Lisa

Leital & Veronica:
Lyn & Sami:Succulents- Lyn & SamiMarissa & Sara:

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Gallery: Pride & Joy!

This month more than ever, we need Pride, in all its rainbow exuberance. So, this gallery is dedicated to some of our most colorful weddings—featuring everything from a subtle flash of rainbow knee sock to a full-out extravaganza of ROY-G-BIV!

Especially when the news may be bleak, we think it’s especially important to celebrate each other—with cupcakes and Converse and kisses—and that’s what this gallery is all about.

Looking for more queer wedding inspiration? There are plenty more galleries here!

Monique & Megan:Rainbow- Monique & MeganKelly & Erin:Rainbow- Kelly & ErinKate & Zach:Rainbow- Kate & ZachDese’rae & Katie: Rainbow- Dese'rae & Katie (popup)Leah & Lisa: Rainbow- Leah & LisaRuth & Ellie: Erica & Alex: Rainbow- Erica & AlexJessie & Lizzy: Rainbow- Jessi & LizzyCrissie & Ellen: Rainbow- Crissie & EllenSarah & Jesse: Rainbow- Sarah & JessieKathleen & Kelsey: Rainbow- Kathleen & KelseyRainbow- Kathleen & Kelsey2Ashlee & Alyssa: Rainbow- Ashlee & AlyssaRainbow- Ashlee & Alyssa2Marissa & Casi: Rainbow- Marisa & Casi

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Wedding: Karen & Elizabeth

From Dani, Karen & Elizabeth’s photographer: Karen and Elizabeth married at Beecher’s Loft, just above Seattle’s famous Pike’s Place Market. It was an intimate wedding surrounded by close family and friends. They have a great affinity for the Inn at the Market, so having the ceremony and reception here was a natural choice.

For even more photos, you can check out Dani’s website. PLUS, a little bird told us that she’s not completely booked for the summer, so if you’re planning an event in the Seattle area (or anywhere else in the world!), look her up!

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Event Credits

Attire: Blinx and The Clothes HorseCakes and Dessert: Chesapeake BayCatering: Cafe CampagneFlorist: Pike Place FlowersLocation: Seattle, WAOfficiant: the Canon to the Ordinary and the Bishop of OlympiaPhotography: Dani Weiss PhotographyVenue: Beecher's Loft
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Wedding(s!): Erica & Alex (Part 1)

When Erica got in touch with us with photos from her and Alex’s three (three!) gorgeous weddings (technically, one civil partnership, one commitment ceremony, and one whole-milk wedding extravaganza), we couldn’t resist. Keep checking in over the next few days for the whole amazing series!

From Erica: Our friends like to tease us about getting married… because we’ve gotten married three times, to each other. This is what happened  when we decided to move countries and get married against the backdrop of the marriage equality movement.

Alex and I started dating after our graduation from UC Santa Cruz and right before she was set to move back to England and I was moving on to LA. When we parted, we both knew that we had something pretty special though, and it really took less than a year long-distance before I was readying my bags to move to England to join her in January 2009. Alex was studying to become a physician associate (physician assistant in the US) and I was doing a postgraduate programme in children’s literature. Over our Easter break that year, I proposed on a Cornish clifftop in the bright sunshine with her parents and family around the corner, ready with champagne and strawberries. Thankfully Alex said yes!

When we decided to plan our wedding for 2010, the UK had civil partnerships available to same-sex couples (not recognized by the US) and marriage had been overturned in my home state of California. Honestly, we didn’t think marriage equality would happen in the next ten years (let alone five!) so we made the best of it and planned a civil partnership in Cornwall, England, for April and a commitment ceremony back in California for October.

Both weddings were completely different, and yet we wanted to make both of them reflective of us as a couple. We focused on the things that mattered to us (excellent local food served throughout the day, eco-conscious decorations with minimal waste, bubbly (!)) and decided that whatever was going to be a part of our days was going to be meaningful to us. Most of all, we wanted to have fun, joyous celebrations with all those whom we loved!

Our Cornish wedding started with the civil ceremony in the beautiful Victorian Fowey Hotel with our brothers as Best Men, followed by strawberries and champagne in the garden overlooking the River Fowey and the English Channel. None of us expected brilliant sunshine in April but we lapped it up and a few got sunburned! We then had a proper Cornish afternoon tea (with lashings of clotted cream) and storytelling by a local family friend—a tale of love always being in fashion when the gorse bush is in bloom… My brother led the guests in group games while Alex and I snuck off for some photos. After, the Town Krier arrived and the Cornish bagpipes came out (the storyteller doubled as our piper) and under a rainbow umbrella we processed through the village to the local sailing club for our evening meal & dancing! Everyone was coming out of the shops to cheer for us as they’ve all known Alex since she was little, and it was just magical! We disappeared again for photos (and even got invited on a sailboat for a bit!) while our guests snacked on mini Cornish pasties. Alex’s mum has assembled a crew to turn the regular ol’ sailing club into a magical tent and the table decorations were purple, green, and word-themed — postcards, scrabble tiles and single purple tulips in recyclable glass juice bottles. We came back to enjoy a cold buffet of quiches, meats, fruit, and a cake of cheeses (!) from a local lesbian-owned deli; a traditional English fruit cake, made by Alex’s aunt; hilarious speeches and musical performances; and lots and lots of dancing as Alex’s brother and a friend DJ’d the soul music all night. It was bliss!

(Alex is in the gorgeous suit; it cost more than both my dresses combined!)

Photos courtesy of Cornish Wedding Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Suit: Gresham Blake (bespoke) in Brighton and London, shirts from Hawes & Curtis (UK & online), Dress: Jenny Yoo, from The English Department in PortlandLocation: Cornwall, EnglandPhotography: Cornish Wedding Photography Venue: The Fowey Hotel, Gallant’s Sailing Club
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Wedding: Sarah & Jesse

From Carol, Sarah & Jesse’s photographer: Jesse contacted me last year about photographing her destination wedding in Chicago. Both she and Sarah now live in Las Vegas, but it was in Chicago where the met and fell in love. They got married at J2 Gallery in Chicago, which made an awesome wedding venue. I had never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at an art gallery and now I can cross that off my list! They decorated with candy, pumpkins, and with orange and purple. Fall weddings are really my favorite since I love all the colors surrounding them and the weather is usually not sweltering.
Their ceremony was emotional! Hearing the letters that they had wrote each other expressing their love brought me to tears behind my camera. Yes, I still cry at pretty much every wedding I photograph. Seeing two people that in love is really inspiring! Jesse and Sarah were down for anything photo-wise, so we headed outside to get some great urban images showcasing Chicago, then we got lost a bit……then we found our way back! Getting a little lost was worth it for all the cool city art we found.
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Event Credits

Location: Chicago, IllinoisPhotography: Carol De Anda| http://www.deandaphotography.com/Venue: J2 Gallery| http://www.j2gallery.com/
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