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Wedding: Jennifer & Amanda

From Amanda: As Jen and I approach our first anniversary we discovered we didn’t accomplish something very important on our to-do list. This submission is officially the last check mark from the wedding (better late than never?).

We met as so many tend to: through mutual friends. Though in our defense it was never intended to be a “match,” and we went years before exploring the possibility. As time went by, we continued to see each other every summer at our annual meeting (professional, not hyperbole) and to have fun catching up. Eventually we both found ourselves single…with me shortly moving across the country for a doctoral program. The perfect time to start a relationship! Two years of long distance later, and we are geographically together for good. Now in Tampa, we are loving life and wanting to share our happiness.

Jen proposed in a wonderfully surprising way on our 5 year anniversary. After repeatedly making sure she meant it, I emphatically agreed to spend the rest of my life with her (we both had to be sure). Next step, wedding planning. The general thoughts were easy—gather our families and friends together for an amazing party. Next we had to figure out how to actually plan a wedding. Insert amazing wedding coordinator. We each had a must have: Jen’s was awesome live music, Amanda’s was an unparalleled open bar. Both were seen to be essential in aforementioned amazing party. Insert said coordinator (shoutout Rena Carideo), and voila! Best wedding ever.

We were so happy to show off the city we now love to those that mean the most to us. The day could not have gone better. We were able to be ourselves, stand up with our favorite people in the world, have a wedding officiated by a wonderful friend, drink (and I think we can all agree, all weddings should be solidified with a toast), dance, and celebrate. Perfection.

Photos courtesy of Bára Miller Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: Salt Block Catering//http://saltblockcatering.com/Location: Tampa, Florida & Planner: Rena Carideo//http://eventlab1.com/the-lab/Photography: Bára Miller Photography//http://www.baramiller.com/blog/
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Wedding: Julie & Laura

From Heather at Greatest Expectations, Julie & Laura’s wedding planner: Julie & Laura were married at Chicago’s Ignite Glass Studios. They are two of the most joyful, fun-loving women we’ve ever met. Their energy was contagious throughout their beautiful wedding day, and their personalities were carried through every detail – homemade candle favors, riddles on the table numbers, and s’mores for dessert. 

Photos courtesy of Steve Koo Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: Boutique Bites// Florist & Decor: Fleur Location: Chicago, Illinois// Venue: Ignite Glass StudiosMusic: Matt Lewis & The Union// Rentals: TablescapesOfficiant: Richard Neely// Paper & Signage: Courtney Callahan Paper Photography: Steve Koo Photography// Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Heather Vickery, Greatest Expectations
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Wedding: Carol & Anna

From Erin, Carol and Anna’s photographerCarol and Anna have been together 16 years. These two incredible women met the “old fashioned way”, playing softball. It’s not everyday that two beautiful souls find their way into each other’s lives the way that Carol and Anna did, it’s just so seldom nowadays. After meeting these two, spending time with them and laughing with them, it’s easy to see how they fell for one another. The weather on the day of Carol and Anna’s wedding was stunning, the sun was shinning, the sky was deep blue and the air was tickled with just a hint of cool. It was a gorgeous day, full of love, smiles, adoring looks and lots and lots of friends who surrounded these two with so much love and joy! Carol and Anna’s wedding ceremony and reception left everyone who was there feeling inspired and happy. Inspired to love and to live fully, to embrace marriage equality and perhaps to embrace the Patriots and the Red Sox, just a little bit more.

 

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Fireside CateringCatering: Fireside CateringLocation: Boston, MAMusic: Chad Priest/A Taste of MusicOfficiant: Judith LoreiPhotography: Erin Long PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Christine MonahanVenue: The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
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Wedding: Emily & Elizabeth

From Amanda, Emily and Elizabeth’s photographerE&E have such a sweet and enduring love for each other. The morning of their November wedding was cooooold, but clear and sunny. It was also busy with friends and family preparing the 8th floor of the Pacific Tower that overlooks Seattle. The excited brides planned long tables to diagonally fill the space where their guests would both watch their ceremony and enjoy a second Thanksgiving feast. Each table was named after a bird to follow one of the sweetest relationship stories I’ve ever heard…

Emily and her cousins were riding in the car together one day. One of them was looking through an online dating app and swiping past profiles she wasn’t interested in. Soon the others added commentary, including the word “Duck” whenever she would swipe past one and “Goose” when she would give the profile a thumbs up. Fast-forward to early in Emily’s relationship with Elizabeth… there was a gathering with Emily’s family and upon seeing the way they looked at each other one of Emily’s cousins pulled her aside and asked, “Is she your Goose?” Awwwwww! She was, and she is.

We started the formal photography with a first look at Four Points – across the street from the hotel where everyone was staying. The pillars and urban backdrop added the perfect variety and compliment to their venue. Elizabeth & Emily were ecstatic when they first saw each other and hugged so much that their dresses became attached at the bust! Haha!!!
 
With their siblings by their sides as bridesmaids and bridesmen and Emily’s uncle officiating, these two read their vows of support, promises, and love to each other while the sun went down behind the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle lights began to glow behind them. Happy tears, laughter, and love swept over the whole building as the wedding ceremony ended with a kiss and transitioned into a sequin filled dance party.

For more photos of this beautiful wedding, check out Amanda’s blog!

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Event Credits

Attire: Bhldn & David's BridalFlorist: QFC https://www.qfc.com/topic/flowers-atLocation: Seattle, WashingtonPhotography: Amanda Photographic, http://amandaphotographic.com/Venue: Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA
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Wedding(s!): Erica & Alex (Part 3)

From Erica: When we planned our two weddings in 2010 (see parts 1 & 2), we honestly did not believe that we would see marriage equality in the US or the UK anytime soon, so when SCOTUS overturned California’s Prop 8 in June 2013, we were ecstatic! We went out to celebrate, and started fantasising about flying home and getting LEGALLY married in San Francisco City Hall, in my home state… I may have even gone out and bought a cute, white cotton £20 dress in a moment of excitement! We may have even started talking about updating my engagement ring to include some sparkly stones and talking about what kind of party we would want to throw!

Then, in July 2013, the UK passed the Marriage (Same Sex) Act and suddenly marriage equality was happening in England!* But what did that mean?! We were already civilly partnered here; could we go get a marriage certificate in the US and have it recognised here? Would the UK come up with a way for us to allow those thousands of couples who were civilly partnered to get married (if they wanted to)?? We had to wait until December 2014 for the UK government to get their act together and make it happen. Their solution: we could have the option of a ‘conversion ceremony’ whereby our legal relationship status would change from a ‘civil partnership’ to a ‘marriage’ and we would be issued a new marriage certificate with our original wedding date. Good ol’ bureaucracy….

Eventually, we calmed down from all the excitement and started to get practical. We decided on a small ‘conversion’ ceremony at our local town hall in London whereby we would renew our vows and then throw a party afterward at our favourite local pub. My parents were visiting in July 2015, so after having a spring wedding and an autumn wedding, we figured we should have a summer wedding as well! The day SCOTUS ruled on Obergefell v Hodges in June 2015, we were signing the preliminary paperwork for our conversion ceremony—we took it as a good sign!

The day was joyful and easy. Our closest friends, family, and godchildren joined us at the town hall ceremony. Colleagues of mine were busy decorating our rented brick barn in the beer garden of our local pub with bunting, pink balloons, and strings of hearts and we had jugs of Pimms on arrival. There were three Victoria sponge cakes with strawberries—one for each wedding—and a ton on Tunnock’s Tea Cakes! There was a perfect toast by my friend, Alex gave a speech (finally!), and another friend offered to sing ‘Married’ for us from Caberet! We ate, drank, and hung out with our friends until the evening when we hosted a 5-part pub quiz that’d we’d written! A great day…

Six weeks later, we met up with photographer Albert Palmer to take some loved-up couples photos of us in our adopted city. They were everything we’d hope they would be and perfectly captured us, five years into our version of married bliss.

*As of 2014, marriage equality is a possibility in England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland remains under different laws and they are fighting their own battle there. However, after the Republic of Ireland passed marriage equality in 2015, I have hope for N.I.!

Photos courtesy of Albert Palmer Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: LondonPhotography: Albert Palmer PhotographyVenue: Wandsworth Town Hall & The Antelope, Tooting
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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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Gallery: Gorgeous Graffiti

Terica & Sonya’s engagement shoot inspired us to look back at some of our other favorite weddings and engagements featuring good looking ladies and good looking walls. Turns out, we’ve got public art, graffiti, and exposed brick galore in our archives.

Brittany & Kristin:

Brittany & Kristin

Kristin & Diana:

Kristin & Diana

Lupe & Lori:

Lupe & Lori

Alexis & Anne:

April 15, 2012 Alexis and Anne's wedding at Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

Lauren & Andie:

Lauren & Andie

Jill & Susanne:

Jill & Susanne

Annie & Sarah:

Annie & Sarah

Marissa & Casi:

Marissa & Casi
Jackie & Laura
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Jackie & Laura

Meghan & Sarah:

Meghan & Sarah

Ericka & Emily:

Ericka & Emily

Check out our other lesbian wedding galleries here.

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