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Wedding: Amy & Laura

From Claire of Wed in Central Park, Amy & Laura’s wedding planner: Amy and Laura brought twenty-seven of their close friends and family from Newcastle, Australia to get married in Central Park in April 2015.  They had their wedding ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion, which overlooks the lake with a backdrop of water, trees, and then the iconic New York skyline above.  They had acoustic guitar accompaniment to their ceremony, and a reception at The Cube at Riverpark, which overlooks the East River.

The couple met when Laura got a temping position at Amy’s work in January 2012.  Amy’s proposal to Laura was quite an elaborate one.  She did it one night when Laura had been working late.  Amy went home and laid candles around the house and rolled up a note with a quote from Dr Seuss: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”   She tied it to a ribbon and placed it around their cat’s neck.  Then she tied the engagement ring to a ribbon and put it around the other cat’s neck.  When Laura came home, Amy got down on one knee and presented her with the note. As she read it, Amy asked her to marry her.  Of course, she said yes!

When they started discussing wedding options they agreed that they wanted to combine a destination wedding with a big trip taking in some major sights in the US.  They visited LA, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas on their travels.  Originally they discussed getting married in Las Vegas, but they decided that it did not feel quite right for them. They wanted to get married somewhere beautiful, so they settled on Central Park in New York.

So, they had made their decision on the wedding ceremony location, but then they said that they had no idea where to start.  It turned out that I had planned the wedding of a friend of theirs in the fall of 2012. That friend suggested they get in touch with me, so they did, and we took things from there.  

Their wedding ceremony was held in the middle of the afternoon.  We arranged for an acoustic guitarist to be playing for their guests while they waited for the two brides to arrive.  The Ladies’ Pavilion is at the end of a pathway, with trees on either side of it, so this works very well as a kind of aisle for brides to walk down.  These brides arrived together, and they walked down the pathway to the guitarist singing “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban.

After they were pronounced married the guitarist played “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran while they signed the paperwork. Then, he continued to play other pieces while they took group photographs close to where they had held the ceremony.  Laura and Amy said that their favorite pictures were taken around the Ladies’ Pavilion and also overlooking Bow Bridge amongst the cherry blossoms.  The blossoms can come anytime from the end of March until sometime in May—it all depends quite when it starts to warm up in New York City—so they were lucky to see the trees in full bloom on their wedding day.  

After the wedding ceremony, the guests had some photographs taken in Central Park, then went on to the reception location.  Laura and Amy stayed on for a little longer to have some more photographs taken in different locations around Central Park.  Then after that they went off to their reception location, Riverpark in The Cube room.

Photos courtesy of Andy Mars Photography.

Event Credits

Location: Central Park, NYCPhotography: Andy Mars Photography
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Wedding: Joann & Dawn

From Gay Destination Weddings, who helped organize Joann & Dawn’s big day: Joann and Dawn knew they wanted a carefree destination wedding that doubled as an extended vacation with their closest family and friends. And they found just that at the Sandos Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

Repurposing seashells and starfish elements from Dawn’s mother’s own beachside wedding over 20 years ago, the brides paid homage to their past while celebrating their future on the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

To infuse their personalities into their away-from-home celebration, they brought along custom wedding hashtagged Cards Against Humanity cards, cheeky wedding signage, and unique passport wedding stationery. Once the sun went down, Joann and Dawn rocked it out all night long with their loved ones underneath the stars—complete with one big finale as the two jumped into the resort pool with their gowns on!

How They Met

From Dawn: It was June 9th, 2011 when I met Joann. It was a beautiful day. To be perfectly honest, I had a sense that I was going to meet someone amazing that day. In fact, I even wrote it down. There was a street festival going on and people everywhere. I went to a local watering hole to meet up with a friend, whom I immediately had to escort into a cab. Shortly after sending my extremely drunk friend home, a very tall girl cornered me at the pool table. Unbeknownst to me, Joann had spotted my very unimpressed body language and swooped in as my hero. Joann pretended that we knew each other and that we had an unfinished conversation. I jumped on the opportunity to escape. Joann‘s quick-witted humor was one thing, but I quickly found that she has a heart of gold as well. I was hooked. 

From Joann: As Dawn shared above, we met a few years ago after Market Days, and the rest is history! Although she lived way up north, and I practically needed my passport to go see her, she welcomed any opportunity to come to Wicker Park to visit Piece Pizza, Big Star Tacos, and of course, see me! Three years of dating later, we’ve moved in together and have adopted our baby June-Bug. She is GREAT practice for a family—and a test of our patience. We’ve had some great adventures together traveling in the country and out. Mostly, I look forward to the adventures our future will bring us. But the best part of Dawn and I being engaged might have been that we definitely didn’t have to worry about whose last name to take!

Photos courtesy of Leah Moyers Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Cancun, MexicoPhotography: Leah Moyers Photography (www.leahmoyers.com) with Videography by Visual Media Productions (http://visualmediaproductions.info) & Photo Booth by La Cabina Mexico (http://www.lacabinamexico.com/)Planner or Event Designer: Carmen Liborio with Travel & Accomodations by GayDestinationWeddings.comVenue: Sandos Cancun Resort (www.sandoscancunresort.com)
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