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Wedding: Sarah & Kelly

From Sarah: Kelly and I met four and a half years ago, and we were the quintessential “Uhaul” couple. Let’s just say, our first date lasted four days! We feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced the wedding of our dreams, surrounded by our friends and family in the most gorgeous place where I grew up. The entire weekend was perfect; we wanted everything to be low-key and comfortable. We frequently host people in our home and wanted to capture that feeling of hospitality. We were very purposeful in everything we chose to do (and all the wedding “rules” we chose not to follow!). I also grew up Jewish, and tradition is very important to both Kelly and me, so we wrote the entire ceremony together, adapting the customs to make it our own. It means the world to us that we had the opportunity to celebrate our love with such an amazingly supportive community.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Arnold.

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Event Credits

Attire: Bindle & Keep; Lonesome Traveler; Sarah O Jewelry and Brilliant BridalCakes and Dessert: Red Head Baking CompanyFlorist: Ivy Lane FloralLocation: Vail, ColoradoMusic: AViVAOfficiant: Lifelong friend Jessica TillisOther: Video by Ali BibboPhotography: Sarah Arnold; http://www.sarnoldphoto.com/Planner or Event Designer: Sparrow Event PlanningStationery: DIYVenue: Vail Wedding Deck; Donovan Pavilion
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Gallery: Australia Says “I Do”

We know we’re a little late to this party, but here are some of our favorite Australian LBTQ+ weddings in celebration of the historic “yes” vote for marriage equality! We are so happy for all our Aussie brides & brooms—and hope this good news provides a boost to all those fighting around the world for justice for queer folks!

Emma & Cara:

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Tracy & Kristy:tracy kristy

Cassie & Milena:

Corinne & Alice15

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Wedding: Emily & Hayley

From Emily: My wife and I got married just over 2 years ago at a gorgeous historic building called The Rose Room in downtown Boise, Idaho. We also recently celebrated 6 years together and have a four legged corgi-lab daughter named Bea. We really never thought we’d be able to get married (especially in Idaho), but 10 days after marriage equality finally graced us with its presence in October 2014, we were engaged!

I (Emily) am an artist focusing on painting, drawing and mixed media. My wife Hayley is an amazing cook and feeds me all the good food! I am a vegetarian and Hayley is not, but she is so kind and graciously cooks us vegetarian dinners on the daily. So when we go out to eat, that’s usually when she takes the opportunity to get her bacon fix. We have a very supportive and wonderful family and friend group. Most of them have kiddos and we pride ourselves on being fun aunties and then we just go home to our four-legged kiddo. We are big fans of the show Parks and Recreation and watch that on repeat. Hayley loves football and Emily does not… So it’s the perfect time for Emily to hop in her art studio and Hayley to get her football on.

We are grateful for those before us who helped champion our rights as wife and wife. Thank you for sharing our story and I hope anyone reading this, no matter where they live, no matter where they’re from, knows they are loved and deserve a life where they get to be true to themselves and live their best life, however that may look.

Photos courtesy of The Murphys.

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Event Credits

Location: Boise, IdahoPhotography: http://themurphysphotography.com
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Wedding: Lisa & Marina

Today we’re thrilled to bring you an award-winning LBTQ wedding! Lisa and Marina’s wedding recently won a Belief Award, a prestigious international award for wedding planners. The Belief Award team reached out to us to share the couple’s story:

This was the wedding of two Muscovites. In Russia, same-sex marriage is not allowed; however, it was very important for the brides to be registered and recognized officially. Lisa and Marina chose to be married in Portugal.

Lisa and Marina met occasionally in Berlin, and this city marked their lives forever. Traveling is one of the favorite activities of the couple. So, one day they came to Portugal, the country of great travelers, to make the most important decision of their relationship.

The main idea for the decor came from rustic chic. One of the most important and even crucial elements turned out to be the wedding bouquet. The objective in some ways was to reproduce the old master paintings using David Austin roses. 

It was quite emotional to make this alliance happen. Overall, they had a cozy party for 15 people who enjoyed incredibly tasty catering.

Photos courtesy of Dima Kornilov.

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Event Credits

Catering: Casa da Comida http://www.casadacomida.pt/Florist: Flowers and decor: Decorelle http://decorelle.eu/Location: Quinta Guia, Mafra, PortugalPhotography: Dima KornilovPlanner or Event Designer: Studiovictorias www.studiovictorias.com and Gay Wedding Portugal www.gayweddingportugal.net
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Wedding: Jenna & RJ

From Jessica, Jenna & RJ’s photographer: Two brides, Jenna and RJ, got hitched at this beautiful family backyard wedding.

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Event Credits

Florist: Rebecca's Flower Shoppe, Fairhaven, WALocation: Blaine, WashingtonPhotography: Jessica Drake Photography // http://www.jessicadrakephotography.com/
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Wedding: Erin & Yolanda

From Erin and Yolanda’s wedding planner: Erin and Yolanda had an enchanted forest theme wedding located at the beautiful Prado ballroom in Balboa Park.

Photos courtesy of Acqua Photo.

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Event Credits

Florist: Blush BotanicalsLocation: Prado Ballroom in Balboa ParkOfficiant: Walter Gray IVOther: Cinema: Quixotic Weddings // Entertainment: Tidal Wave Photo Booths // Beauty: Nancy Jones & Alicia Kiel // Rentals & Decor: Concepts Event DesignPhotography: Acqua Photo
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Wedding: Mo & Stacey

From Amanda Photographic: Mo & Stacey are two of the most genuine people I’ve had the good fortune to meet since moving to Bend. We hit it off immediately over pints of cider and gushing about wedding plans, snowy adventures, and their dog Georgia. We started our photo-relationship with their engagement session at Edison Sno-Park just outside Bend, which contrasts so beautifully with their summer forest wedding at Horse Creek Lodge in McKenzie Bridge.

The wedding day started like any other… with a mountain bike ride. A dozen or so wedding guests joined them for a few “laps” around a forested trail system near the lodge while designated friends and family continued set up for the ceremony and reception later that afternoon. Both Mo and Stacey agreed that it was a great way to get some energy out while spending time with friends. 

They got ready together while guests began to filter in and enjoy the teahouse tipi, lawn games, photo-booth, and scenery. When it was time for the service to begin the guests made their way down a wooded path with photos of the brides on either side; they were greeted by a sage smudging before entering the clearing. Both Mo and Stacey were walked part way down the aisle by their parents and Georgia; after a family hug the parents found their seats at the front while Stacey & Mo high-fived their way down the aisle – their roomie, Alicia, played her guitar and sang for the processional. A close friend, Jenni, officiated the ceremony while radiating love and joy over them; another friend, John Paul, made their rings and passed them between guests for blessings. Thoughtful vows were exchanged that were serious with a pinch of humor followed by placing a ring on the other’s finger. Another friend, Beth, read an original poem that she wrote for their wedding that left everyone who wasn’t already crying in tears. This was my FAVORITE part! 

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I asked Stacey & Mo what they thought about their special day. Here’s what they had to say:

What was your favorite part of the day?

Mo: The Ceremony. Stacey doing 15 push-ups in a wedding dress. (It totally happened!)

Stacey: The ceremony—looking out at all the smiles and the teary faces of our most favorite people….and sharing the most pivotal experience of my life with all of them. All of the hugs!

What are you most looking forward to in married life?

Mo: More adventures!

Stacey: Not planning another wedding. (Lol!)

What advice do you have for others?

Mo: Make lists, ask for help, invite people you want to build community with.

Stacey: Make lists and make more lists, Smaller is better—invite those closest to you, and those that you want to pull even tighter into your community. Delegate tasks…don’t do everything yourself. Ask for help—friends are resourceful and are always happy to help!

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Soapbox: In some of our initial emails it was brought to my attention that planning a wedding and attempting to hire vendors was a bit of a daunting task. Each time Mo would email a potential vendor she would have to preface it with the fact that she and Stacey are a same-sex couple hoping to work with them. Fortunately there are sites like A Bicycle Built For Two, which is where they found me. It hadn’t occurred to me (privilege) that one aspect of wedding planning/vendor hiring that could be particularly stressful for queer couples is coming-out over and over and over again to strangers via email. Is this person LGBT-friendly? Affirming? In our current climate, being part of the LGBT community is hard enough. Planning a wedding is hard enough. Doing both probably feels impossible sometimes. …which to me is complete crap! Nobody should feel sadness, fear, pain, or loss because of who they love. If you are fortunate enough to love and be loved by another human being hold on to it with everything you have…and give a big middle finger to anyone who tries to take that away from you. Mo & Stacey—I adore you both, your love for adventure, your fierce commitment to your community, and the work you both do. Thank you for letting me celebrate you!!!

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Event Credits

Catering: El SanchoLocation: Horse Creek Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, OregonMusic: Cascade CrescendoOther: Rings: John Paul DesignsPhotography: Amanda PhotographicVenue: Horse Creek Lodge
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