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Wedding: Sarah-Nelle & Aislin

From Sarah-Nelle: My partner Aislin and I had the kind of wedding where eight people were plenty. Intimate, bright, and low-key, a small neighborhood lake was the ideal setting and our beautiful machine-washable dresses were a serious perk.

I had two goals for the wedding day and festivities, apart from “be married by the end.” I wanted great food and great photography. The food I’m happy to say, was delicious, and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer than belle ancell photography. I discovered belle’s work through a post on this very blog and her photos conveyed a laid-back, irresistible warmth that felt perfect for Aislin and I.

This was one of the best days of Aislin’s and my life together, so far.

Event Credits

Attire: ureshii.orgLocation: Trout Lake Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaPhotography:
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Wedding: Molly & Stacy

From Molly: On a chilly Friday evening in October, Stacy and I were surrounded by our friends and family for our ceremony in the beautiful rooftop Skygarden at a downtown Minneapolis hotel. It was chilly, but our guests and bridesmates braved the 43 degree temperatures to watch us exchange vows. The reception and dance followed in the ballroom of the hotel.

We made our day our own in the details. Stacy wore Converse shoes to stick to her athletic roots. I carried a bouquet which held broaches and hairpins given by important women in my life. My bouquet was wrapped in part of my mother’s wedding dress. Our nieces and nephew greeted guests with programs, and each of our siblings was in the wedding party. Because Stacy and I are not big on public displays of affection, my maid of honor and Stacy’s woman of honor leaned in with our bouquets when we kissed to seal our wedding vows. Our first dance was a memorable one, full of quirky dance moves, and it certainly was a crowd-pleaser. These small details made the day truly ours. However, our favorite part of our day was looking out on our guests at dinner and realizing the love that surrounded us. It was our perfect day!

Photos courtesy of Anna at Studio 220.

To see Molly and Stacy’s engagement photos, click here

Event Credits

Attire: The Wedding Shoppe and Bride-to-Be ConsignmentCakes and Dessert: The Sweet RetreatFlorist: Thistle FloralLocation: Minneapolis, MinnesotaMusic: Midwest Lights and SoundOfficiant: Rev. Leigh BrownPhotography: Anna at Studio 220Venue: Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel and Skygarden
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Wedding: Jess & Maya

From Jess and Maya: We had several conversations about tying the knot, however we decided to wait for New Jersey to join the other Northeast states in legalizing same-sex marriage. Our conversations were always full of excitement about our love, but disheartened that sharing this with everyone we hold dear to us would not be legally recognized for what it are – love that will last for the rest of our lives. In October 2013, a judge finally ruled that, based on the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA, New Jersey’s constitution must recognize same-sex marriage! After receiving the news, we knew that there was no better time than now to begin the rest of our lives together. We immediately started planning the spring wedding we had been dreaming of.

Aside from keeping our budget as reasonable as possible (the goal of every couple, everywhere!), our goals for the wedding were simply to keep things light and create a day that truly reflected our personalities as individuals and as a couple. To achieve that, we decided that our wedding was going to be a full out surprise for pretty much everyone, allowing us to keep most of the planning very intimate, private and fun. As our wedding date was smack in between our birthdays, we chose to use the rouse of Maya proposing to Jess at what Jess would be lead to believe was her birthday party. Confusing, I know, but it worked!! The concept was very intriguing to our guests, as it seemed very contradictory to Maya’s personality to propose in front of everyone we know. Immediate family and a few close friends helped with some planning, but the bulk of it was done by the two of us. Since it was a surprise wedding, guests received invitations (designed by ColdArt Graphics) that heavily emphasized punctuality and were a fun flowchart theme with two logo heads that captured who we are – a ninja and a nerd (Jess is a martial artist and Maya an engineer turned dental student). 

For our venue, we chose Mountain Lakes House, as its natural beauty provided the gorgeous backdrop that we had been searching for. The beautiful venue allowed us to keep decorations simple but elegant, with lots of fresh wildflowers, paper lanterns, mason jars, and one of our non-negotiables…a fire pit. Being outdoor enthusiasts, we wanted to be sure we could enjoy our beautiful venue. In order to do so, we made a less traditional choice to wear purple and orange Toms, which came very handy while traversing the rocks and vegetation for photos! While our footwear was planned together, we keep two surprises for one another: our dresses and vows.

Our fun, laid-back theme continued with delicious BBQ from Jimmy’s BBQ and gluten free desserts, as one of our favorite activities is enjoying good food together. We featured yard-sized Jenga and cornhole to entertain guests between food, the photo booth and rocking out on the dance floor. Like any true lesbian couple, we had to include our canine babies in our special day. Our cake topper was paper doll cutouts of ourselves and our precious boys, custom made by an artist we found on Etsy called ReadyGo.

As many fun details as we were able to include about our love and personalities, none of it could have been pulled off so well without the help of our wedding planners, Kyle Michelle Weddings, or have been captured so perfectly without our photographer, Tara Robertson. And of course, we can’t forget all the special people in our lives, family and friends, that have taught us how to love through their support and presence in our lives.

Photos courtesy of Tara Beth Photography.

Event Credits

Attire: David’s BridalLocation: Mountain Lake House, Princeton, NJPhotography: Tara Beth PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Kyle Michelle Weddings, West Deptford, NJ
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Wedding: Erin & Heidi

From Erin: Heidi and I met on our first day of nursing school at St. Francis Xavier University in the small town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Walking up to the School of Nursing I was terrified and had no idea where I was heading. A sweet little blonde with kind eyes appeared and asked me if I was in first-year nursing, and when I replied “yes,” she said “good – will you sit with me in every class?” We sat next to each other for the next four years. Eight years later, we’re now a happy married couple! The day was simple, relaxed and lovely: everything we dreamt it to be. It was such a whirlwind but we are thankful we had a fabulous photographer, who captured our day beautifully!

Photos courtesy of Jeff Cooke.

Event Credits

Attire: Erin-Tatum's Bridal Heidi-ModclothCatering: Atlantica Hotel, HalifaxLocation: Waegwoltic Club Halifax Nova Scotia CanadaPhotography: Jeff Cooke PhotographyVenue: Waegwoltic Club Halifax
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Wedding: Sara & Megan

From Megan: Sara and I met online, and we hit it off over a shared love of maps and This American Life. We had our first date at Metsker Maps near Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, and returned one year later for our elopement. We both have very supportive families and planned to keep our elopement quiet until a big wedding… but word got out pretty fast due to some loose Instagramming within the wedding party! All in all, we were very happy to have a small ceremony with close friends at a place that is very dear to our hearts, and we have the honor of being Metsker’s first map store wedding in 28 years of business!

Photos courtesy of Andrew Bueno and Tony Lau.

Event Credits

Catering: Radiator WhiskeyLocation: Metsker Maps of Seattle, WAPhotography: Andrew Bueno and Tony LauVenue: Metsker Maps of Seattle, WA
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Wedding Video: Nikki & Sara

From Nikki and Sara’s filmmakers, With LoveNikki and Sara planned a beautiful weekend up in Cold Spring, New York for their wedding. Close family and friends arrived on Friday for a welcome BBQ. On Saturday, guests chose from kayaking, hiking, or shopping in the town of Beacon. On Saturday afternoon and evening they held a Quaker Ceremony (even thought they’re not Quaker, but they really love the idea!) where friends and family were able to share thoughts and memories about the couple, followed by a moonlit dinner. Sunday was the big day, including a beautiful outdoors ceremony and a white tent reception.

Wedding Video here:

Event Credits

Location: Cold Spring, New York
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Wedding: Amanda & Dani

From Jessica, Amanda and Dani’s photographer: Amanda and Dani met a very long time ago at summer camp and ended up finding each other again years later! Their wedding was at the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA. These ladies were two of the funnest women to work with! We were surrounded by family and friends from all over, danced the night away and had an amazing day!

Event Credits

Florist: Senya Abel Mayfield Location: Hyatt at Penn's Landing Philadelphia, PAMusic: Synergetic Sound and Lighting Photography: Jessica Hendrix PhotographyVenue: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing
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