Category Archives: Two Dress Wedding

Wedding: Cassie & Dana

From Dana: Cassie and I met shortly after I moved to Maine on a blind, lesbian double date while dating other people…presumably a rare occurrence for the Bangor area. After a magical summer in Bar Harbor followed by two years apart for graduate school, we found ourselves back on Mount Desert Island with 200 of our favorite people to tie the knot.

Our wedding weekend was a wonderful disaster. Horrific weather moved our ceremony, messed up quite a few travel itineraries, and forced us to trade in fancy shoes for rain boots. The craziness forced my type-A tendencies to give way to taking in every moment. The amount of love, support, and incredible dance moves that filled our rainy tent was perfection we’ll never forget.

Photographs courtesy of Erica Camille Photography.

Event Credits

Attire: Kleinfeld Bridal/Avanti BridalCakes and Dessert: Celebration Cakes by Janice StroutCatering: Bar Harbor Catering CompanyFlorist: Chickadee Hill FlowersLocation: Southwest Harbor, MaineMusic: Terry FrankOfficiant: Edie MayOther: "Getting Ready" shirt: It's Really the Little ThingsPhotography: Erica Camille PhotographyVenue: Causeway Club
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Wedding: Alexis & Corinne

From Alexis: Corinne (long dress) and I (short dress) were married at Franklin Circle Church in Ohio City, Ohio. Both of our bridal parties got ready on opposite sides of a conjoined suite in the Ritz-Carton Cleveland. We purposely booked a suite with French doors dividing the two spaces, giving us both privacy and a dramatic photo for a first look!

After our first look we took photos at the Cleveland Public Library right in downtown Cleveland. The beautiful marble accents and murals reflected our personalities and served as a great backdrop for our wedding portraits.

Corinne and I wrote our own ceremony and included our entire bridal party, each member saying a small quote about love. We were blessed to have 150 of our family and friends witness our special day. Before the start of the ceremony we asked each person to sign our homemade Quaker wedding certificate. Because we live in Ohio, we would not be able to have a marriage license. It was important to us to have something to signify our day and the tradition of the Quaker was license was perfect.

After the ceremony we took a limo to Tower City where we finished our wedding portraits under the archways of the historic terminal. Our reception was held in the English Oak Room, the old terminal restaurant renovated to match it’s appearance from the 1930′s. Corinne and her mother completed all of the table decorations, thrifting for silver and china making each table it’s own unique version of a stylized French tea service. During our cake cutting, we wanted to symbolize everyone around us becoming one family. Each table had a different flavor cheesecake and on a count of three we all cut our cakes and shared them.

Another tradition we revamped was the father-daughter dance. We decided to share the dance as a family. During John Mayer’s “Daughters”, Corinne danced with her father while I danced with mine. About a minute into the song, we switched dads to dance with our new father-in-laws. A minute after that, we invited our mothers to the floor and as a family we six danced the remainder of the song.

All in all, it was an incredible day and we could not have pulled it off without our wonderful family, bridal party, and the great vendors who helped us out. Our photographers, Kelsey and Meghann of IN Lace were incredible. They were attentive to all of our requests and were there for us literally every step of the way. Cristina Lowenfeld at Executive Caterers was just as gracious and continually went out of her way to guarantee a successful and amazing night. I especially wanted to mention the incredible talent of these ladies because I want to personally recommend them to anyone in the Cleveland/Akron/Toledo area.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Executive CaterersCatering: Executive CaterersLocation: Cleveland, OhioMusic: Jerry Bruno ProductionsPhotography: IN Lace PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Cristina LowenfeldVenue: The English Oak Room
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Wedding: Yavette & Karina

From Karina: It all started on PlanetOut. Does anyone even remember that site anymore? Anyway, the year was 2003 and something in profile caught Yavette’s eye. She claims it’s the fact that Beetlejuice and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun were listed as my favorite movies and they were hers as well — I think it was the accidental cleavage shot in my profile picture ;) She didn’t actually contact me through PlanetOut. She made a note that she wanted to send me an email and then forgot about it… randomly, we ran into each other at a beer survey and she recognized me from my profile. She emailed me the next day and told me that we had already met but that she’d love to hang out and I guess you can say the rest is history.

We became serious pretty quickly, in true lesbian fashion and have been together ever since. I had never pictured having a big wedding nor did I want one but Yavette really had her heart set. We compromised and decided that when we made it to our 10 yr anniversary, we’d celebrate with a big wedding. And that’s exactly what happened.

We decided pretty early on in the planning stages that we wanted to have a destination wedding. Being that we’re both Mexican we thought Mexico would be a perfect location. We wanted to do it in Puerto Vallarta because they are incredibly gay friendly and it’s such a welcoming and beautiful town.

I can’t describe how amazing it was to stand in the presence of so much love — so many friends and family that came out to support us and share such an incredibly special day. We are both extremely lucky to have families that support us and love us unconditionally and being able to share our love and commitment with them was probably the greatest moment of our lives… The sunset, the candles, the ocean, friends and family. Cliche to say, I know, but legit — most beautiful and perfect day ever.

Event Credits

Location: Puerto Vallarta, MXPhotography: Zenita HillVenue: Las Caletas, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
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Wedding: Sandra & Diane

From Sandra & Diane: We met over the internet as fans of each others’ science blogs, and after 7 years in a long distance relationship (and the repeal of DOMA), decided to get married.

Our goals were to have a feminist wedding, keep it simple, and be quirky. Traditional white wedding gowns and veils were nixed in favor of blue and beige chiffon dresses, worn without updos or makeup. Instead of diamonds, our engagement rings were set with London Blue Topaz and made of eco-friendly recycled silver, and we wore shell jewelry as beach brides. Our flowers were DIY bouquets made with mini calla lilies and white tulips we picked out at the San Francisco Flower Market the day before. Matching bouquets were the touch that identified us as brides in photos, and to onlookers, and the beautiful fresh flowers felt festive and helped make it a special occasion. It was fun to assemble the bouquets, too, it built excitement.

On a sunny day with just a bit of chill from seaside fog we got married at the Giant Camera Obscura on the cliff overlooking Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Not a typical venue, it’s fun, small and science-based. The Camera Obscura is an invention that lets you see a panoramic view of the shore from inside the device. But because it’s a National Historic Place it was affected by the federal shutdown. Not about to let Congress stop us, instead of having the wedding inside we stood in front of the closed structure. It made for better pictures in the end!

Our ceremony was officiated by Mark Hespeth, who specializes in gay weddings, and he did a great job. He personalized the ceremony with our language preferences, and included our guests. Photographer Josh Edelson also did outstanding work not only documenting the ceremony, but taking romantic shots on the beach afterwards.

With no family in the city we had just two friends as guests. After the wedding, we had a mini reception on the beach with an adorable little chocolate cake. It was a sweet treat to cap off a sweet wedding.

Event Credits

Attire: Wonderland SF Gallery & BoutiqueCakes and Dessert: Sweet InspirationLocation: San Francisco, CAMusic: The Cure - LovesongOfficiant: Mark HespethPhotography: Josh EdelsonVenue: Giant Camera Obscura
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Wedding: Erin & Michelle

From the lovely couple: We both love books, so we chose that as the theme for our October wedding. Guests received a ceramic mug with tea and hot chocolate (our favorites) so they could curl up with a warm drink with their favorite book.

Photos courtesy of Heather Kincaid Photography.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Bittersweet TreatsFlorist: Exquisite FlowersLocation: La Canada, CAMusic: DJ Omar KhanOfficiant: Rabbi Carla HowardOther: Blue Kite CinemaPhotography: Heather KincaidStationery: Erin LeikerVenue: La Canada Country Club
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Wedding: Andrea & Elizabeth

From Elizabeth: Andrea and I met in 2009 while attending the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. In the years since, we’ve acquired the cutest poodle and purchased a home. Marriage was the obvious next step.
While we wanted our wedding to be an expression of our love, we really just wanted the chance to hang out with our family and friends. Our ceremony was small and the reception was held in my mother’s backyard, just north of Des Moines. The food was amazing and the pictures turned out great. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

Photos courtesy of Mindy Myers Photography.

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Erika SmithCatering: Taste To Go - Des MoinesLocation: Polk City, IAMusic: lynnobrienmusic.comPhotography: Mindy Myers Photography
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Wedding: Charissa & Jessica

From the happy couple: When planning a wedding in Texas, our first thought was the date had to be in the fall, when the weather is beautiful. We met & began dating in the fall, so the season already had a special meaning to it. When thinking about what we wanted our wedding day to be, we just wanted to be able to look back on it and know we were in the moment of it all. More than anything, we wanted our wedding to feel authentic to both of us. The first vendor we met, The Minnericks, said something that stayed in our minds all through planning & the day of the wedding. Jeremy told us, “this is the one day in your life when all the people who love and support you are in the same room together, celebrating your love.” It was something so true and simple, yet often forgotten when planning a wedding.

We kept the wedding casual, fun and easy-going – just like us. A close personal friend acted as our officiant. She wrote beautiful words, which felt very true to our relationship and personalities. The reception was, and granted we are biased, the best party we have ever been to. Judging by the pictures, it looks like some of our guests might agree. Our memories include a lot of laughter, love, and (sometimes bad) dancing. The flutter-fetti (recommended by our wedding coordinator Nicole) was a hit! Many guests continued to pick up large piles and let it float around us all night. We loved every moment of our wedding and reliving the night through the beautiful pictures. We loved being surrounded and supported by so many. We feel truly lucky!


Event Credits

Attire: Jcrew & Alfred AngeloCakes and Dessert: Fancy Cakes by Lauren, Dallas TXCatering: Two Sisters Catering, Dallas, TXFlorist: Petals Couture, Mckinney, TXLocation: Dallas, TXMusic: Le Force, Jeff Buris DJ, Dallas TXOfficiant: Amy DennisOther: Hair, The Dry Bar, Make-Up, BlushingtonPhotography: The Minnericks, Dallas TXPlanner or Event Designer: Nicole with Sensibly Chic Weddings, Mckinney, TXVenue: Off the Grid, Dallas, TX
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