Category Archives: Two Dress Wedding

Wedding: Desiree & Sara

From White sands, a soft breeze, and a brilliant sunset over a sparkling sea – those were the ingredients for the ideal wedding day for Desiree and Sara. Cabo San Lucas served as the perfect backdrop for their unforgettable wedding experience. For these two, a beach wedding was a unanimous decision and who could blame them?

When guests arrived, they were greeted with custom-made beach bags filled with an itinerary and a wedding survival kit (sunglasses, lanyards, and water bottles). Two brides are better than one, indeed! The oceanfront ceremony was picture perfect, complete with sandy toes, sea-grass fan programs, and a beach-ball recessional.

When asked to describe their destination wedding experience in three words, Desiree and Sara couldn’t agree with each other more – Beyond. All. Expectations! They encourage future couples to never give up or settle for anything less than your dream. “The process can be a bit overwhelming, but have faith that the right place is out there for you,” Desiree promises.

The adventure-loving couple hopes to find themselves in another tropical paradise for their one-year anniversary. “We really want a private, over-water bungalow!” shares Sara.

Photos courtesy of Bethany Moslen, BLM Photography.


Event Credits

Location: Cabo San LucasOther: Travel and Accommodations: ( Bethany Moslen/BLM Photography ( or Event Designer: Lupita Rochin & Christine SholanderVenue: Sandos Finisterra, Cabo San Lucas
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Wedding Video: Natalie & Lauren

From Craig, Natalie and Lauren’s videographer: I filmed this wedding film for Natalie & Lauren in North Yorkshire. It was a very stylish wedding with two stunning brides.

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Event Credits

Location: North Yorkshire, UKOther: Craig at Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Photography
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Wedding: Tanya & Sarah

From Cheri, Tanya and Sarah’s wedding planner: Tanya and Sarah contacted us after the Marriage Equality law FINALLY passed in Florida, and we are so thrilled they did! They are a beautiful couple, inside and out… Tanya and Sarah came into our lives as clients, but we are blessed that they are staying as friends.

Photos courtesy of Lori from LBP Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Johnson Beach Park, Perdido KeyMusic: Leila HobbsOfficiant: Cheri PopeOther: Sand Unity & Decorations/Forever I Do Weddings & Special EventsPhotography: Lori, LBP PhotographyVenue: Johnson Beach Park, Perdido Key
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Wedding: Deborah & Stephanie

From Deborah and Stephanie: We met a little over 5 years ago when we were living in South Carolina. It was love at first sight! After 3 years of dating in South Carolina, Stephanie graduated from medical school, and we moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania together. On May 20, 2014 gay marriage was legalized in Pennsylvania. We filed for our license the next day and planned a private ceremony for the following month. Unfortunately, Deb broke her leg the week before and we ended up pushing back the ceremony. It worked out for the best, as we were able to plan the wedding of our dreams in San Francisco. We decided to stay with our plan to have a private ceremony with just the two of us, an officiant and a photographer. Everything fell in place perfectly and we were married on 3/3 at 3:00.

Photos courtesy of Larissa Cleveland Photography.

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Event Credits

Florist: Church Street FlowersLocation: San Francisco, CAPhotography: Larissa Cleveland PhotographyVenue: City Hall & Lands End
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Wedding: Lisa & Bine

From Lisa (in the white dress): We have been a couple for more than five years and knew from the first time we met that we were meant to live together. We were pretty young when we first met (I was 22 years old and Bine was 21), and we had a wonderful time. Of course there is no relationship without any troubles, but through it all our love was still growing, and we both developed a strong wish to build a family and have children together.

In the summer of 2014 we decided to try to get pregnant, and this worked out very quickly! I proposed to Bine on a holiday on the Gili Islands/Indonesia at a stunning beach and she said YES. Because of Bine’s pregnancy we decided to have a smaller wedding, but we ended up with 50 guests because we have a pretty big family. In the end this was all perfect. Our wedding location was the “Bel Etage” of a museum in the modern harbour of Cologne with a great view of the Cathedral of Cologne and the river. The ceremony and the reception were both in the same location. Our maid of honour did a lot of the decorations herself, so we had a wonderful surprise when we saw the room on the day of the wedding. It was important for us that there is a connection between the two dresses, and that is the reason for me wearing a white dress with rose accessories and Bine wearing a rose dress with white accessories.

Our wedding was in March, and normally the weather in Germany is not very stable but this weekend the sun was shining and the sky was all blue. What we did not know was that this would be the only weekend with nice weather for weeks. After the ceremony we had a reception with champagne and finger food and later in the afternoon we had a three-tier wedding cake also in white and rose.

From the beginning, our wedding was not planned as a big party because of the pregnancy, so it started in the morning and ended up in the early evening. Nevertheless it was a perfect day for us full of sunshine, love and happiness with our family and closest friends. Perhaps we will have a bigger ceremony in a few years when our daughter can walk on her own and be our little flower girl, but right now we are still waiting for the imminent delivery!

Photos courtesy of a friend of the couple.

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Event Credits

Attire: White Dress: Labude Labude Köln: Charmante Brautkleider und Every Day Chic, Rose Dress: Mamarella Umstandsbrautmode - das Brautkleid für Ihre HochzeitFlorist: Flowers: Kreuzblume Floristik, Cologne, GermanyLocation: Bel Etage (Chocolate Museum, Cologne, Germany)Photography: Friend of the couple
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Wedding: Katrina & Nora

From Erica, Katrina and Nora’s photographer: I’m an LGBT wedding photographer based in New York City (and Thailand). This wedding took place in Boston, at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

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Event Credits

Attire: Bride Power Cakes and Dessert: JP LicksCatering: Caper’s CateringFlorist: Mahoneys GardenLocation: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, BostonMusic: Ripcord Music Photography: Erica Camille Venue: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
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Wedding: Erin & Mo

From Erin and Mo: Our wedding was held at the Westin in Itasca, IL. It had a beautiful welcoming atrium and an elegant indoor tent, which we used for both the ceremony and reception. We had lots of guests come from out of town, and loved the idea that the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party, and next-morning brunch were all held in the same venue. Additionally, the hotel grounds were extremely well kept, and we had no trouble finding places to take photos (not to mention, the weather could not have been more perfect that day).

We waited to see each other (and each other’s dresses) until the first glance. We did, however, plan our matching shoes: Toms Wedges (and colorful Toms Slip Ons for the reception). We wanted our day to be classy, but also fun and laid back. Our photos definitely show both sides of that! We certainly had to throw some rainbow into the mix, so we sported some colorful sunglasses with our wedding party. Speaking of colors, our florist provided us with the most gorgeous flower arrangements. All we did was give her some ideas with a few specific flower requests, and she did the rest. When our friends and family share memories from the wedding, they still talk about the flowers!

Incorporating friends into various aspects of our ceremony made it so special. In addition to our wedding party, personal friends included our officiant, our reader, our friend who hand-wrote the font for the programs, and our musicians. Having live music for the ceremony was really important to us, as we’re both musicians. Maureen even composed the music that we walked down the aisle to. Erin was escorted by both her parents, and Maureen by her uncle. We had a special acknowledgement of Maureen’s late father and other relatives who have passed away, in order to pay tribute to how they have influenced our lives.

We had lots of fun personalizing our wedding. We each wrote the other a love letter, and during the ceremony, placed these letters into a box with a bottle of wine to be opened on our first anniversary. We designed and printed our own invitations and place cards with the help of Bridget at Paper Source. Our friend, Jeff, took photos of us (mostly silly ones) holding giant numbers cut out of poster board, and we used these photos as our table numbers. Don’t tell Maureen’s percussionist friends, but we cut a slit in a snare drum head and used it as a card holder. We even let our guests show their own creativity by encouraging them to sign the guest book next to an artsy thumbprint self portrait. Erin’s handmade cake toppers, though, really… took the cake!

We’re happy, fun-loving people, and we wanted our wedding day to reflect that. We wanted our guests to be comfortable, and as this was probably the first same-sex wedding for many of them, we wanted it to be full of love and acceptance. We didn’t necessarily go out of our way to emphasize our same-sex relationship, but we were just true to ourselves and let the love shine through on its own. After all, that was what this day was all about! 

Photos courtesy of Agnes Malorny Photography Corp.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Lovin Oven Cakery LLC (Lindsay Losch)Catering: Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca ILFlorist: Artistic Floral Design, Inc. (Valerie Soos Sinclair)Location: Ceremony & Reception: Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca ILMusic: Spinnin' DiscsOfficiant: Carol MadalinPhotography: Agnes Malorny at Agnes Malorny Photography Corp.Planner or Event Designer: Westin Consultant at Westin Chicago Northwest: Samantha BaumanVenue: Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca IL
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