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Wedding: Kourtney & Alana

From Kourtney & Alana: On November 4, 2016, we were married in front of our family and friends in Estes Park, Colorado. We landed on Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park because decorations that were needed would be minimal since we had the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park. We decided on things that were important to us: a venue, photographer, an awesome DJ, and enough booze to keep our guests dancing the night away.

We had growler centerpieces that had pictures of those relatives who were no longer with us printed on them. A cigar bar, an amazing DJ with a bright pink mohawk, a photo booth where we had guests sign the backdrop as our ‘guest book,’ a florist who incorporated Colorado’s mountain flowers in arrangements that were simple and rustic—we made sure to focus on things that were perfectly us. We both walked down the aisle with our dads to Elle Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You.” Our best friend officiated the wedding. While we each only had one maid of honor, we wanted our other friends to feel included, so before the wedding we sent out a letter asking them to all wear different shades of the same color. It turns out our friends are pretty good at matching, so you could tell they were still special to us, even if we didn’t have a big bridal party.

As we planned our special day, the one thing we could not plan on was the amount of love our family and friends brought with them. It ended up being a weekend of fun and a celebration of love. Family from both coasts came together, and it reaffirmed our belief that if you lead with love, love will always win.

Photos courtesy of Friends & Lovers Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: David's BridalCakes and Dessert: Great Harvest Bread Co.Catering: Mary's Lake LodgeDate: 11/04/2016Florist: Inspired Designs DenverLocation: Estes Park, ColoradoMusic: DJ Rockstar AaronOfficiant: Best FriendOther: Makeup by JamiePhotography: Friends & Lovers PhotographyVenue: Mary's Lake Lodge, Estes Park, Colorado
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Wedding: Nellie & Lauren

From Natural Shotz, the couple’s photographers: Nellie and Lauren were married at the Awbury Arboretum located in Germantown Philadelphia, PA. While the forecast called for rain into the late evening hours, the rain miraculously stopped as the brides walked down the isle. Friends and family members gathered to celebrate Nellie and Lauren’s love in a beautiful outdoor celebration. Their rustic harvest wedding theme shined through their decorations and center pieces like baskets of apples with delicious homemade apple butter. Their wedding reception included live music, hilarious and theatrical speeches, and lots of dancing.

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Event Credits

Location: Germantown, Philadelphia, PAPhotography: Natural Shotz Photography (Rebecca & Dominique Richardson)Venue: Awbury Arboretum
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Wedding: Beth & Liv

From the brides: As today (10/10/16) is our one-year anniversary, we thought it was about time we finally got round to submitting our photos to this lovely site that has inspired us even pre-engagement and all the way up to our wedding day.

We met at 16, in a sixth form college chemistry class, of all places. We fell in love at 17 and 18 when we moved classes and ended up sat next to each other. We used to message each other online every night until we fell asleep and then one day at a friend’s house, in the middle of the night, after an ungodly amount of Irn Bru-flavoured vodka, we kissed.

We moved away to separate universities, with Beth even doing a year abroad. But we never gave up on each other and when Beth moved back to England, we moved in together and adopted a cat.

In 2014 Beth proposed on top of a hill in Devon, in the middle of a ‘gay christian’ retreat. Liv told Beth to close her eyes, then pulled out a ring of her own and asked her right back! Beth nearly fell off the edge of the cliff she was knelt on.

Nearly 6 years after that first kiss, we got married in Richmond, North Yorkshire (UK). We had a fair few naysayers, so it really was a triumph and the whole day was beautiful. We decorated the whole place ourselves, brought in outside caterers (the day was 100% vegan, much to Beth’s carnivore dad’s annoyance), had a great friend do the photography, another friend doing flowers… the whole thing was a massive group effort, and it was so amazing.

We chose to do our own spiritual ceremony first, with our good friends as officiants. We roughly followed a Celtic Christian service but we changed it to suit our tastes and not alienate our guests. After drinks and nibbles the registrar arrived and we did the legal bit too. We danced into the evening with our brothers and an iPod in place of a real DJ, ate far too much gorgeous food including from the pick and mix bar, played board games and finally roasted marshmallows on a fire.

The whole day was perfect and everyone looked so beautiful. One year later and we are so happy in love. We are fostering a dog now, along with a cat, and hope to foster some human children by this time next year. Life is good.

Photos courtesy of Jefferson Studios.

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Event Credits

Catering: The Bear Co-op, Todmorden & The Health Warehouse, DarlingtonLocation: Natural Retreats, Yorkshire DalesPhotography: Jefferson Studios, BristolVenue: Natural Retreats, Yorkshire Dales, Richmond
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Wedding: Hayli & Ophelia

From the brides: We’re Hayli and Ophelia, and we met in 2010 through our alma mater’s Christian student group. Six years later, we got married in a small town in Maine. Though we didn’t plan or try for a “perfect wedding,” a perfect wedding happened to us.

On that sunny late-spring day, Ophelia’s brother provided ceremony music on the fiddle, and he and Hayli’s brother served as our best men. Our dearest friends prayed for us, and another dear friend— a former professor—officiated. Our menu and many of the decorations were provided by a family friend of Hayli’s who took our suggested theme, “The Shire—a lite version,” and ran with it like a hobbit to a hot pie.

It felt strange—unfair—to be celebrating the most wonderful day of our lives so soon after 49 precious lives were taken in Orlando, but we paid homage to them in the spirit of our celebration. To be surrounded by those who love and celebrate our love is an unmatchable gift, and we hope to live out that love for one another for many years to come.

Photos courtesy of Sandy Lowe & Becky Butler.

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Event Credits

Attire: April Rose: Guilford, CT, USACakes and Dessert: Cathy Feener: Spruce Head, ME, USACatering: Cathy Feener: Spruce Head, ME, USAFlorist: Little River Flower Farm: Buxton, ME, USALocation: The Homestead at Rest & Be Thankful: Lyman, ME, USAMusic: Kevin Hu: San Francisco, CA, USAPhotography: Sandy Lowe & Becky ButlerVenue: The Homestead at Rest & Be Thankful: Lyman, ME, USA
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Wedding: Mariah & Natacha

From Mariah: Our wedding day was very special for many reasons. A big one was the location. We were fortunate enough to get married at Meech Lake, in the backyard of my childhood home, right on the water. This really added to the intimate outdoors/nature theme that we wanted. My partner and I were able to get away for a few minutes after the ceremony by escaping in a canoe. Being able to have a few private moments floating in the middle of the lake to just reflect on our union was priceless. We got engaged on a canoe trip, so it was fitting that there was a canoe on our wedding day.

We had unbelievable support from our family and friends who helped us with many DIY projects that added a very warm and personal touch to our setting. My brothers hiked into the woods to find birch logs and together built our archway that we were married under. It was a labour of love. We decided to have an open bar. In the eyes of our guests, best decision ever. We still hear about it! We were very fortunate to have found vendors and services with people who really took the time to hear what we wanted and who delivered exactly what we hoped for—from our awesome DJ who kept the party going late into the night to our awesome photographers who climbed onto the roof of the house to get that perfect group shot. It made the day run smoothly and provided us with everlasting memories.

Photos courtesy of Black Lamb Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Alliance Bridal: www.alliancebridal.comCakes and Dessert: Claude's Wedding Cakes: https://sites.google.com/site/claudesweddingcakesCatering: Family and FriendsDate: 08/01/2015Florist: DIY by FriendsLocation: Gatineau, QC, CanadaMusic: In Touch Media: www.intouchmedia.caOfficiant: Sheila Winter Wallace of All Seasons Weddings: www.allseasonsweddings.comOther: Makeup: Amanda Wanamaker: www.facebook.com/Makeup-Design-By-Amanda-Wanamaker-583288591744883Photography: Black Lamb Photography: www.blacklambphotography.comStationery: Vista Print
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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!

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Wedding: Alyssa & Amanda

From Amanda: Although Alyssa and I live in Brooklyn, we knew we wanted a fall wedding, and we had envisioned a slightly more rustic setting than New York City. We found the perfect hilltop venue just a few hours north of NYC in Hudson, NY. Hudson is a gorgeous town near the Catskills with amazing views, great restaurants, and stellar antique shopping. It’s also (kind of) between Pittsburgh and Boston, our respective hometowns. We arrived a day early to hang lights and decorate our venue with help from a tireless brigade of friends and family. Our guests mostly stayed in B&Bs in downtown Hudson and had a chance to explore the area over the course of the weekend. The only hiccup … the weekend turned unseasonably cold (it actually snowed the day after the wedding). We had to scramble to rent indoor heaters for our barn venue, and forgo most of the outdoor activities we’d planned. If you can’t tell from the photos, we were freezing by the time it was our turn to take couple shots. At one point, the photographer asked us to put our hands on each other’s faces and we refused because our hands were both icy cold. Otherwise, with the help, support, and love of an amazing group of friends and family, the wedding was a beautiful celebration.

Photos courtesy of Zach Honahan.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Family and FriendsCatering: Hickory BBQ and SmokehouseLocation: Hudson, NYPhotography: Zach HonahanVenue: The Hill, Hudson
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