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Wedding: Cecily & Alayna

From Cecily and Alayna: We were shot with Cupid’s arrow in October 2012. We had both been on the dating website OkCupid.com (Cecily on and off for 5 years, and Alayna for just one night) when Alayna rated Cecily as someone she could potentially be interested in. The rating, unbeknownst to Alayna, prompted an email to Cecily by the site. Cecily immediately emailed Alayna, suggesting they could be a good match and that they should chat sometime. Alayna definitely agreed after looking through Cecily’s profile. After that email, we talked on the phone the next day for three hours, and then we met in person five days later for lunch and a movie. After that first date, we never looked back.

Planning our wedding was truly a labor of love. Early in the planning stages, we decided to DIY as many elements that we could. We also enlisted many of our talented friends to help us make our day special. With the dining room of our tiny one-bedroom apartment as our workshop, we set out to create a truly personalized ceremony and reception. We made the cake platters, centerpieces, and other reception décor. Our friend, Tressi Chun, also assisted us with signs for the ceremony and the card box for the reception.

The wedding colors were coral and navy blue with accents of gold. We both love coral and thought that navy blue would bring a classic element to the wedding. Based on that, we allowed all of the women in the wedding to wear coral dresses of their choosing and the men to wear navy blue suits. We also chose flowers that were varying shades of coral. For our flowers, we asked our friend Adrianna di Bartolo of Femme Flowers to help us. At the crack of dawn on a Saturday about a month before the wedding, Adrianna escorted us to the LA Flower Mart to choose our flowers. While it was overwhelming to see that many flowers in one place, Adrianna helped us figure out what we liked. We love her creations!

We decided to have a first look and photos before the wedding at a nearby park in Pomona. We did not pick out dresses together and leading up to the wedding, kept them stored at Alayna’s brother’s house nearby. We also got ready separately. The first look was our chance to see the dresses and each other all dressed up. Alayna kissed Cecily’s shoulder as she approached, which was a special touch. The first look was very emotional and exciting at the same time.

Our wedding ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pomona, CA. The Reverend Mark Hallahan presided over the ceremony. It was a joy to work with Fr. Mark to customize our ceremony within the Episcopal wedding ceremony structure. 

We decided to walk down the aisle separately, as neither of our parents were in attendance. Alayna’s parents are involved in our lives and are very loving but made the decision not to attend the wedding, which is a decision that we respect. Cecily’s parents have struggled immensely since she came out at the end of 2012. Alayna walked down the aisle first, with our nephew Ahn (our “wedding crier”) following carrying a sign that said “Aunt Alayna Here Comes Your Girl.” Alayna walked down the aisle to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Ingrid Michaelson. Cecily followed Ahn down the aisle with “A Couple of Forevers” by Chrisette Michele playing. The songs are meaningful to us and show our individual style. After the ceremony, we walked out of the church to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. It was such an upbeat, joyous song that was perfect to help us celebrate being married!

The reception took place at Villa Tepeyac in West Covina, CA. It is a Mexican restaurant so our menu included chile verde, steak picado, rice, beans, and tortillas. We also served a variety of wine (Be Mine Wines), Mexican beers (I Do Brews), and margaritas (Marry-Me-Gritas). We wanted the reception to be a giant party and that is exactly what we had. We enjoyed every moment on the dance floor. Our friend Michaela is a DJ in Los Angeles and did us the honor of DJ’ing our wedding. She mixed in our favorites with other crowd pleasers and kept the party going!

Photos courtesy of Splashes of Time photography.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Emily SuroweicCatering: Villa TepeycaFlorist: Adriana DiBartolo (Femme Florals)Location: Pomona, CAMusic: DJ: Michaela MeyersOfficiant: Fr. Mark HallahanPhotography: Splashes of TimeVenue: St. Pauls Episcopal Church (Pomona, CA)
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Wedding: Lauren & Jessie

From Lauren: Jessie and I started dating 2 years ago on the day that we got married! We both went to Northwestern University together but didn’t meet until I was a senior and she had already graduated. Though it took us awhile to get that we were meant to be, finding each other was the best thing that ever happened to us! We celebrated our love with a small wedding, 40 of our closest family & friends, in our neighborhood of Chicago, Boystown. In trying to save for our year-long honeymoon traveling Australia and Southeast Asia, we wanted a small, romantic wedding that felt very personal not only for us but also for all of our guests. Many of our friends and family had never been to Chicago, so it was an amazing weekend of everyone getting to understand our love in the city that we fell in love in. We made it into a whole wedding weekend starting with a joint bachelorette party, welcome cocktail party, and lunches and brunches to keep everyone full and busy.

We wanted to do something a little different with our aesthetic, so we asked our guests to wear black and white and Jessie and I both chose vibrant red dresses for a pop of color. We got married by our best friend Rachel in a small neighborhood park that meant so much to us, and also was the site of the proposal. We walked down the aisle together to Van Morrison’s Into The Mystic and it was truly a magical moment.

By the end of the weekend we had this amazing community and said (or should I say cried through) our written vows to the most supportive and loving group of people either of us could’ve imagined!

Photos courtesy of Justin Barbin Photography.


Event Credits

Location: Chicago, IllinoisPhotography: Justin Barbin Photography
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Wedding: Sharon & Sue

From Oxana, Sharon and Sue’s photographer: I am a wedding and portrait photographer in the southwest of England. I would like to share my first gay wedding. It was made on a budget and mainly created by the brides (the cake, decorations in the pub etc.).

Words from Sharon, the bride: “Sue and I felt we waited a lifetime to find each other, so wanted our special day to be personal to us. We made as much as we could ourselves: the favours had mini envelopes with seeds of love made by Sue, beaded key rings, mini scrolls, the napkins had slips decorated, flowers all scented. Everything looked beautiful and smelt good with the scented cupcake candles. The cake was handmade by myself bright and colourful just like us with two large voluptuous women on for fun. The overall look was shabby chic with a relaxed cosy feel. Sue looked amazing and I felt fantastic, the sun was hot, the guests smiling – just a wonderful day.”

Event Credits

Location: Yeovil, UKPhotography: Blissful Wedding http://www.blissfulwedding.co.uk/Venue: Pub "Great Lyde" http://www.thegreatlyde.co.uk/
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Wedding: Sally & Sarah

From Sally and Sarah: We were planing an NY trip for an official union, but sadly, Sally’s mum was diagnosed with cancer the year before we were planning to be married. When we found the cancer was terminal, we had weeks in which make our special day happen. With amazing family support, the best of friends, most incredible event planner and much love, we organized and experienced the most amazing day, in just 7 weeks. We had our ceremony at an outstanding venue and shared the BEST day of our lives with our close friends and family, and thankfully Sally’s mum got to be there and share it all with us. Our love grows day by day and we are thankful to ALL who accept us and made such an incredible day possible. Many happy memories were made. We wouldn’t have changed a thing about our beautiful day.

Photos courtesy of Abba Photography.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Jan EdwardsLocation: Orlando, FloridaOfficiant: Debra RandallsPhotography: Abba PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Kelly BlockVenue: Gaylord Plams Resort
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Wedding: Alisha and Kai

From Alisha and Kai’s photographer: Alisha and Kai are warm, laid-back but also glamorous! They celebrated in San Francisco’s Foreign Cinema where they ate fried chicken, hugged all their loved ones A LOT, and listened to some of the best Father of the Bride speeches we’ve ever heard.

Also, Alisha’s twin sister was on this blog about two years ago when she got married!

Event Credits

Catering: Foreign CinemaLocation: Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CAPhotography: Jerry Yoon Photographers
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Wedding: Danielle & Holly

Danielle & Holly’s breezy beachside wedding makes you feel lush with Montauk summer. Dese’Rae Stage and Felicidad Garcia of We Are for Each Other captured the day, which began with a getting ready party at their industrial chic suite at Montauk Beach House and ended in a hip, waterfront affair at Navy Beach Restaurant. This wedding was bursting with love from friends and family for this couple. Really, every detail in this wedding was a moment for pause: from their ethereal, gauzy dresses, to the inscribed cake forks (Bride & Bride!) and the seashell table markers. At dinner, service, dishes and hysterical speeches were served up hot in a modern nautical space with community tables and wide windows facing the shore. After the sun set behind dark waves, guests ran out, dug their feet in the sand and danced with sparklers, drawing shapes of light in the dark. Magic!


Event Credits

Attire: Calypso St. BarthCatering: Navy Beach RestaurantFlorist: Amagansett Flowers by BethLocation: Montauk, NYMusic: Greg DonaPhotography: We Are For Each Other (www.weareforeachother.com)Venue: Navy Beach Restaurant
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Wedding: Michelle & Giulia

From Michelle: Giulia and I (curly hair) have been together for 7 years, almost to the day of our wedding. We wanted our wedding to be perfectly us- a little bit of G, a little bit of me and a whole lot of both of us which means there would be A LOT of laughter! With the exception of the 100 degree weather, the day couldn’t have been better. It was FILLED with an abundant amount of love, laughter, friends and family not to mention amazing food and drinks (including a surprise hot dog cart at the end of the evening). We are truly are lucky to have such an amazing group of supporters.

We had a number of personal touches throughout the day… my brother, Marc wasn’t just in our wedding but also designed our invites. The table runners were designed by us- oak (from where I’m from) surrounded by redwood (from where Giulia’s from) and were put together by us and my dad. The vases were collected by many of our friends and family in an event we called The Great Vase Chase… we collected over 200 vases! Our sister-in-law made our cake topper…the list goes on and on!

Our wedding day was exactly what we had pictured in our minds for so long… a day we’ll never forget and one we loved from start to finish. It kind of makes us giggle all over again looking at our pictures! ENJOY!

Photos courtesy of Ryan Greenleaf.

Event Credits

Catering: A Fresh Approach, Chico, CAFlorist: Crystal Rose Florist, Folsom, CALocation: Winters, CAPhotography: Ryan Greenleaf, Sacramento, CA
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