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Wedding: Jenn & Elise

From Sarah, Jenn and Elise’s photographer: You know the saying “you had me at hello”?Well, I totally experienced that meeting Jenn and Elise and hearing these beautiful words: “There will be TWO wedding dresses, Sarah. And two sets of beautiful shoes. TWO brides, Sarah. How awesome will that be?!” Um, yes. Please. Keep talking! It was actually quite some time ago that we first met, and over that time I feel like I’ve gotten to know these two incredible women quite well. To say that I’ve enjoyed working with them is quite the understatement. To say that they’re clients wouldn’t be correct. These women have become my friends. The entire process has been wonderful and I feel lucky to have captured their love and their wedding day.

So let’s talk about two wedding dresses, two sets of shoes, necklaces, mom/daughter moments, and all that. What a whirlwind, and was I sweating! Oh yes, I love looking for the perfect place, and of course, the most perfect place required balancing precariously on a rolling chair to get the dress hanging perfectly. We schemed about their first glance too, and I was thrilled with the balloon idea. The ceremony was held on the beautiful patio of Valley Ridge Golf Course under the most perfect blue sky. My favourite detail is a tie between the cookies at the ceremony (Okay, I have to stop and talk about the cookies. They’re probably the best cookies I’ve ever tasted and I want some right now actually.) and the Jones Soda inspired pop bottles, painstakingly made by the girls with a photo of each and EVERY guest.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a ‘moment’ kinda girl. I look for moments, sometimes I help them along (I’m sneaky like that), but for the most part I strive for authentic. And you can’t get any more authentic than letting two people who love each other more than anything in the world just be. I am speaking specifically about the AMAZING sunset session we did, where I set them free to just be themselves. Photographer heaven right there. Between the kisses and cuddles, there was also some robot dancing because, let’s be honest, no one can be serious for that long. I truly, 100%, loved every single second.

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Event Credits

Attire: Jenn's dress: Novelle Bridal Elise's dress: Cameo & Cufflinks Bridesmaid dresses: Henkaa https://www.henkaa.comCatering: Valley Ridge Golf Course Calgary, AB CanadaMusic: Bruce HanishewskiOther: Make Up: Yulia Rudko www.modernphotography.caVenue: Valley Ridge Golf Course
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Wedding: Amanda & Melanie

From Cassandra, Amanda and Melanie’s photographer: When meeting with Amanda and Melanie for the first time, we immediately felt like old friends, and I am so grateful they chose me to document and preserve their afternoon garden wedding celebration.

Amanda and Melanie’s special day was held at St. Mary’s Transfiguration Spirituality Center, conjoined with her mother’s backyard. Upon arriving, I found myself in awe of the beautiful architecture, gorgeous floral gardens, and wrought iron fencing.

After hair, makeup, and getting into their dresses, Amanda and Melanie shared an amazingly sweet first look. I don’t believe I’d ever seen Mel or Amanda smile bigger than during this tender moment on their wedding day.

Soon after, the ceremony began. Melanie walked down the aisle first, led by her father; Amanda followed hand in hand with her mother, into this sacred space. The ceremony’s spoken words and gently sung lyrics were unique and personal; their vows, heartfelt. Their joyous reception in Amanda’s mother’s backyard followed, but not before they took a moment to change into their party outfits. The two brides then danced for the first time as Mrs. and Mrs., filling the air with love. Melanie’s father/daughter dance was incredibly sweet; Amanda’s mother/daughter dance followed, where she wiped away her mother’s tears. Throughout the rest of the afternoon, the brides and guests mingled, danced, played yard games, and enjoyed the festivities. It was truly a perfect spring wedding.

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Event Credits

Location: Cincinnati, OHPhotography: Cassandra Zetta ( St. Mary’s Transfiguration Spirituality Center
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Wedding: Ashley & Angela

From Ashley and Angela: We got married at the Iberostar in Cancun, Mexico in front of 70+ of our closest friends and family. After finding each other online, we couldn’t wait to have our first date… so much so, that we had a pre-first date! Since then, we’ve been inseparable. Our dream destination wedding took place on a gorgeous beach of Cancun. We DIY’d most of our wedding details (chapstick, miniature donkey pinata favors, program fans, wedding signs, scented aloe, newsletter, invitations, etc), and our bridal party so graciously helped us by lugging them in suitcases to Mexico. It was a lot of work, but we loved every moment of it; in fact, the projects we took on brought us even closer together. Ashley and her mother even DIY’d her wedding dress and hair accessory!!! Angela and her mother do not have those skills; they went shopping… haha. Everything far exceeded our expectations. The weather was gorgeous, the music didn’t stop, and the superior company was what made our day. We couldn’t have asked for a better party! We are so grateful to our photographer (Mark Chaird of Chaird Photo) and videographers (Ryan Beacher and Sara Murray of Squareware Studios) for capturing every memory for us to cherish. The day flew by so quickly, it was an absolute pleasure to relive it through the photographs and videos we received. Priceless memories captured forever.

We live a truly blessed life together. We have been on adventures in Costa Rica, relaxed on the gorgeous beaches of Mexico, explored various cities from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston and then some. Our itch to travel continues as we look forward to more destinations to visit, more cultures to enlighten us. We also enjoy doing DIY projects ranging from house decor to furniture restoration to gifts to home improvements… the list is randomly endless. We actually just started a new YouTube channel last week called LEZdoit to share some of our projects! It’s in the early stages, but we hope to share our love for creating beautiful, affordable commodities. Ashley is the main artist behind all that we do; everything she touches turns out to be a piece of artwork. While Angela is the avid “foodie” of our team; she thrives off of culinary creativity. Her passion for food has allowed us to open our palettes and minds to appreciate the beauty amongst different cultures.

Our family and friends are very important to us, and we’re lucky to be surrounded by amazing people. Not only have they accepted us with open arms, they’ve wholeheartedly supported and encouraged us to love each other and everyone/everything that surrounds us. The world is a better place just for the love that radiates around us. With that, we repeat, we live a truly blessed life together and are excited to embrace what the future holds for us. We hope, by sharing this love, we encourage the acceptance of all kinds of love the world has to offer. Cheers to love because love always wins!

You can also check out Ashley and Angela’s wedding trailer, produced by Squareware Studios.

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Event Credits

Location: Cancun, MexicoOther: Video by Ryan Beacher and Sara Murray of Squareware StudiosPhotography: Mark Chaird of Chaird PhotoPlanner or Event Designer: Audrina and Israel of Iberostar CancunVenue: Iberostar Cancun
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Wedding: Lauren & Christine

From Lauren: As an event planner, I wanted to have a destination wedding to ensure we had an intimate affair with our closest family and friends and also to relieve some of the stress of planning a large wedding. We had over 50 people fly to Mexico to enjoy a week of festivities!

Naturally, I had to get involved in some DIY projects. Our colors were ivory, navy and burlap with a hint of mint. I created almost every aspect of the wedding – invitations, menus, reminder cards, table numbers, etc. My vision was rustic beach with a Mexican flare. We both really appreciate the holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and what it stands for, so it was incorporated into our planning. Sugar skulls were subtlety added into the mix – on our welcome cups, wedding favors and cake topper.

Our day flowed perfectly. Nicole Barr (our photographer) made sure of it! She kept us on track and on time. We knew we wanted a “first look” to calm our nerves and prevent “ugly” crying during the ceremony – so glad we did. It was an intimate moment and we were able to get a lot of photos taken during this time as well.

My cousin Jan married us. Christine and Jan worked hard to create a beautiful ceremony. It was personal, unique and from the heart. Our ceremony and cocktail hour were on a gorgeous sky deck overlooking the ocean, and a generous breeze was welcomed as it was hot. The reception was situated in between two pools, creating a beautiful back drop in the evening with candles, strung lights and papel picado. Our first dance was to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”

We ended the night by jumping in the pool! It started as a fun shot we wanted to have the photographer take, and then our bridal party and guests joined us! It was the highlight of the evening and certainly something we will never forget.

We have received countless comments on how much fun our guests had and I wish we could do it all over again!

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Event Credits

Attire: JCrewLocation: Puerto Morelos, MexicoMusic: DJ All MusicOfficiant: Cousin of Bride: Jan HaydenPhotography: Nicole Barr PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Weddings by LomasStationery: Made by BrideVenue: Azul Sensatori
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Wedding: Teri & Angela

From the couple: Teri and Angela met through their art. Teri “Lyric” Green is a rising music star that has been making major moves, and Angela “Imani Truth” Manson is known by some as “the princess of poetry.” Both have performed with famous names, are international artists, and have the same heart.

Through pain and art their love was born. Teri decided, “I’m not letting something so good pass me by,” and while she was on tour in Jamaica in 2013 she popped the big question to Angela. Surprisingly, Angela said yes!! Teri is the first female relationship ever for Angela, and now four years later they are stronger than ever. Both have careers but mainly they thrive on assisting others: together they have fed more than 1200 homeless people out of their pockets, more than 600 kids, and sent 3 kids to prom.

While getting ready to secure the ceremony, the unexpected happened– which only proved even more that they were destined to be together. Teri’s mother passed away two weeks before the wedding, and majority of the funeral costs fell upon her. Teri and Angela cut a few things from the wedding so that Teri’s mom can have the home-going she deserved, while the couple could still pull off a great wedding. With emotions soaring to unknown heights, Teri had her mother cremated and still took her to the wedding– her mother had never been out of the country while she was alive. The wedding was July 4th, and Teri held a release ceremony for her mom the next day. 

Teri and Angela also sent us their wedding video, and a link to Teri’s music website. She describes her style as “the love child of Drake and J. Cole” with an emphasis on positivity!

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Event Credits

Date: July 4th, 2015Location: Hard Rock Hotel Dominican Republic
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Wedding: Mako & Samantha

From Mako: Sam and I met 4 times before I really got to know her. The universe kept shoving us together as if to say “Would you just look at this girl?!” And eventually I listened. We spent an entire night sitting on a mutual friend’s floor playing cards and getting to know each other, and by the time the sun came up I was absolutely smitten. We were 17 at the time.

Sam proposed to me in a fit of laughter under a summer star-filled sky after we had been together just 6 months. I said yes, not knowing it’d be 10 years before we’d make it happen.

We got our Registered Domestic Partnership in 2008. When the bill passed on June 26th, 2013 that allowed gay marriage in California, we both already knew it was going to happen. On Christmas morning (Sam’s favorite holiday) I got down on one knee in front of my family and asked her to marry me for real.

We had a fall wedding at the beautiful rustic Pine Hills Lodge in Julian, CA. Over the years we had talked about our wedding plans; what we’d do, who we’d invite, and now it was time to get real. We had a very elegant wedding with around 100 people– all close friends and family– with a budget that started off at $10K, evolved to $14K, and ended up being $18K. We were so blessed to have both our families there, since there had been some turmoil in the past, but our day was so perfect and SO full of love.

Sam and I found our vendors through extensive online searching (mostly googling “gay friendly ____”) and sifted through tons of venues, photographers, and DJs. The Pine Hills Lodge was the perfect backdrop for our fall celebration, the photos of red and brown leaves around a rustic lodge fit immaculately with Sam’s vision and the price tag of $7500 for the venue and catering fit with our budget plan. La Vida Creations Photography was another easy pick for us. Their candid style and appreciation for light went a long way in our book, and Sam was absolutely taken with their “Senior Tails” portfolio showcasing senior dogs with their humans. Upon meeting Jeff and Betsy there was no turning back; their geeky side spoke to us on another level. We later discovered they were close friends with two of my closest friends, and it became a much more personal connection. Finally, we found DJ Pat with Sound Prodigy. His love for all things Disney really bonded us in our first meeting with him.

Our centerpieces were the talk of the night and were so much fun to put together. They consisted of medium glass lanterns, moss, live herbs, and tiny fairy lights entwined in the herbs. It gave our tables this great rustic fantasy feel, and were great gifts for anyone who wanted one. These were easy to make and fairly cheap only costing $20 each. For our favors we had homemade caramel apples that my aunt prepared for us, which had cinnamon sticks for the handle and cute leaves that said “Fall in Love.” We had so many apples, people were leaving with one in each hand and each pocket! Instead of cake, which is pricey and not our favorite dessert anyway, we had a spread of 12 different types of pie, most were from Mom’s Pies in Julian. And the mutual friend, who really brought us together, caught both the bouquets!

Whenever we talk about that day we both just say how perfect it was and how grateful we are to have so much love in our life. I could go on for days about all the planning that went into and the love and fun that came out of our perfect wedding.

Photos courtesy of La Vida Creations

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Event Credits

Attire: Gowns: Alfred AngeloCakes and Dessert: Mom's Pies//Julian, CALocation: Julian, CAMusic: DJ Pat with Sound ProdigyPhotography: La Vida Creations PhotographyVenue: Pine Hills Lodge
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Wedding: Amy & Crystal

From Amy: My partner and I tied the knot on August 13th. We had the wedding of our dreams – it was beautiful. So many people said it was the only wedding they went to where they could feel the love. I will admit they were all right. So excited to have this woman as my partner for life!

Photos courtesy of Juliet Ashley Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Dhgate.comFlorist: May flowers Portland OregonLocation: Troutdale, OregonMusic: Mobile music Brian SmithPhotography: Juilet Ashley photographyVenue: McMenamins Edgefeild
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