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Wedding: Bonnie & Ali

From Jay, Bonnie & Ali’s photographer: I was honored to photograph this lovely intimate wedding in Nashville, TN for these 2 amazing ladies! They came to me Thanksgiving week looking to bump their wedding up to New Year’s Eve 2016, being unsure about the Trump administration. Our wonderful Nashville mayor, Megan Barry, agreed to officiate the wedding at relatively short notice at her home—she’s been a great ally for the LGBT community. Ali hired a car through Matchless Transportation, a 1961 Jaguar to transport them to the mayor’s house from their first look spot… then the guest ceremony and reception took place at their friend’s larger home in East Nashville. The day was full of people, laughs, and nice intimate feel. They hired a personal chef crew and had me lurk in the shadows to document the event.

Photos courtesy of Jay Farrell Photography.

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Event Credits

Date: 12/31/2016Location: East NashvilleOfficiant: Nashville Mayor Megan BarryPhotography: Jay Farrell Photography// www.jayfarrellphotography.com
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Gallery: Elopements

There’s a special air of excitement and energy around elopements. The spontaneity! The exciting locations! The lack of elaborate seating charts/expensive venue rentals/etc.!

Of course, we love a traditional (or a beautifully non-traditional) wedding as much as the next person, but today, we wanted to showcase some of the amazing elopements that have appeared on the site over the years, from some of our very first elopement posts like Mari & Cassandra‘s Provincetown ceremony….

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and Naomi & Rachel amusement park extravaganza!

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We’ve got Central Park elopements, like Kelley & Michelle‘s or Liz & Lucy‘s…

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City Hall elopements, like Rebecca & Bonita‘s…

and Danielle & Sandra‘s…

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and so many gorgeous outdoor elopements—like Ellen & Amanda‘s day in New Hampshire…

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Kaitlin & Jenny‘s December beach wedding…

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and Tara & Meegan‘s ceremony in a graffiti-ed Vancouver alleyway!

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But wait, there’s more! Gorgeous natural backdrops like this one, for Tiffany & Stephanie‘s elopement at Wahclella Falls…

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this one, for Kimberly & Hayley‘s wintery Banff nuptials….

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and Lil & Nere‘s majestic mountaintop wedding in New Zealand:

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But the best thing about each of these elopements? The couples! Like Anna & Mel

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Cierra & Jenna, and…
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Latrice & Maurita:

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Did you and your partner elope? Are you thinking about it? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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Wedding: Laura & Louise

Over the years, we’ve featured plenty of Central Park weddings and engagement shoots, so we were thrilled when Claire got in touch with us to share Laura and Louise’s story. After her planning her own Central Park wedding, Claire started a whole business devoted to helping couples who want to tie the knot in the park. Here, she fills us in on English couple Laura and Louise’s big day.

From Claire, Laura & Louise’s wedding planner: Laura and Louise are from Sheffield in the North of England.  They met around fourteen years ago.  They were in the same hockey club and knew each other only a little at first, then they ended up playing on the same team and they got to know each other better.  This friendship became a romance, although love is often never as smooth as it should be: they spent some time apart as their lives took different courses for a while, but there was never a day when they would not be in touch in some way.

They got engaged in the middle of a fireworks display.  Louise asked Laura, with the aid of a ring Louise and Laura’s brother had made for the occasion.  Then they went together to get a proper one made specially.  They knew that they did not want a conventional wedding, so they looked in to several options of unique and unusual places to get married in England, such as a woodland center and an old factory.  Then they started to consider going abroad, and Laura casually suggested getting married in Central Park after she had remembered seeing it in a film.  After thinking it through more seriously, and comparing prices of venues at home to the cost of a destination wedding with built-in vacation, it seemed like no contest!  They contacted me, and we started to discuss their options.

We always get an event permit from the Central Park Conservancy for a wedding to ensure that there are no other wedding parties at the time and place where we want to hold a ceremony.  They chose the Ladies’ Pavilion, a lovely spot by the Lake on the West side of Central Park. The closest entrance to the Ladies’ Pavilion is the one right by John Lennon’s old home, the Dakota, at Central Park West and 72nd Street.

It is a very popular wedding location. There are seats inside and it has charming art deco cast-iron details.  It really matched their 1920s style outfits.  The Ladies’ Pavilion was originally built in the 1870s and used as a shelter for trolley passengers and was at Central Park’s 8th Avenue and 59th Street entrance, but it has been relocated to its current location. During the Winter the Ladies would change into their ice skates here, before skating on the lake, hence the name.  Laura and Louise had a lovely an iconic backdrop to the wedding, with the lake and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

There were seven guests in attendance at the wedding.  They had Laura’s Mum, Dad, brother and cousin, maid of honour and her boyfriend, and one friend from university who happened to be in America at the time.  We wrote a ceremony especially for the couple, and they wrote their own personal vows to read out to each other during the ceremony.  Laura’s brother, Adam, was their photographer.  After the ceremony they all travelled in the pedicabs to Bow Bridge and then on to Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and had more pictures taken there.  

Laura wore a Joy by Jenny Packham dress with Irregular Choice shoes.  Laura’s saw the dress on an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride.  She contacted the shop in the show, and found out the name and designer of the dress and stockists in her home town. She never even looked at or tried on another dress!  Louise wore a Vivienne Westwood shirt and tailored trousers. There were no flowers, although the boys in the group all wore waistcoats with some fab boutonnieres made from buttons.  Laura did her own makeup and hair after tutorials back home in England, Louise’s hair was styled by Laura, and their make-up was done by one of their guests.

The wedding ceremony took place at 1pm so the morning was spent enjoying a hearty breakfast and then getting ready.  After the ceremony, the party spent some time in Central Park taking photos, stopping off for a quick hot dog and snow cone from a vendor.  They then walked back through Central Park to their nearby hotel.  They were congratulated as they walked.  In the evening they all went for a celebratory meal to Sarabeth’s on Central Park South, which they tell me was amazing food with great service.  They had been notified that it was a wedding breakfast and they made a huge effort to make it special.  They finished off the day by changing into their pajamas and drinking champagne on the rooftop terrace of their hotel. The next morning Laura and Louise enjoyed a helicopter tour of the city, which had paid for by some of their family as a wedding gift.

Laura told me that one of the most amazing things about the day was how amazing the people were who happened to stumble upon their ceremony, and then afterwards as they took a stroll back through Central Park to their hotel.  They said that people were very friendly and complimentary, with so many people saying “Congratulations”, making nice comments on their outfits, and people stopping to talk to them about the ceremony and their plans for the rest of the day. They said that it made them feel really special.

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Wedding: Kourtney & Alana

From Kourtney & Alana: On November 4, 2016, we were married in front of our family and friends in Estes Park, Colorado. We landed on Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park because decorations that were needed would be minimal since we had the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park. We decided on things that were important to us: a venue, photographer, an awesome DJ, and enough booze to keep our guests dancing the night away.

We had growler centerpieces that had pictures of those relatives who were no longer with us printed on them. A cigar bar, an amazing DJ with a bright pink mohawk, a photo booth where we had guests sign the backdrop as our ‘guest book,’ a florist who incorporated Colorado’s mountain flowers in arrangements that were simple and rustic—we made sure to focus on things that were perfectly us. We both walked down the aisle with our dads to Elle Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You.” Our best friend officiated the wedding. While we each only had one maid of honor, we wanted our other friends to feel included, so before the wedding we sent out a letter asking them to all wear different shades of the same color. It turns out our friends are pretty good at matching, so you could tell they were still special to us, even if we didn’t have a big bridal party.

As we planned our special day, the one thing we could not plan on was the amount of love our family and friends brought with them. It ended up being a weekend of fun and a celebration of love. Family from both coasts came together, and it reaffirmed our belief that if you lead with love, love will always win.

Photos courtesy of Friends & Lovers Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: David's BridalCakes and Dessert: Great Harvest Bread Co.Catering: Mary's Lake LodgeDate: 11/04/2016Florist: Inspired Designs DenverLocation: Estes Park, ColoradoMusic: DJ Rockstar AaronOfficiant: Best FriendOther: Makeup by JamiePhotography: Friends & Lovers PhotographyVenue: Mary's Lake Lodge, Estes Park, Colorado
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Wedding: Rocio & Riza

From Riza: Rocio and I met on October 1st, 2010, Rocio proposed to me on October 1st, 2015, and we were married on Oct 1st, 2016. We both love the desert and decided to have an outdoor wedding at the Le Haute Desert Aerie in Pioneertown. We walked down the aisle to mariachis playing and we were married by our close friend Sara. For the reception we served ceviche and chorizo tostadas as an appetizer and tacos for dinner. My friend Sam, who I went college with was the DJ, and she kept everyone dancing the entire night. Having our closest friends and family all together and dancing in one place was an amazing experience. It was the happiest, and hands down, the best day of my life!

Photos courtesy of Westlund Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: Soho TacoFlorist: Bloom BabesLocation: Pioneertown, CAMusic: DJ Sam EberhartPhotography: Westlund PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: LB EventsStationery: Riza GVenue: Le Haute Desert Aerie
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Wedding: Emily & Robin

From Emily & Robin: Our story starts like a cliche, in a bar—our love is anything but…

We both went to a meet-up group mixer one night in November of 2014, and by luck we ended up in a grouping together at the start of the event. We talked during a break, followed each other throughout the rest of the events for the night, and afterwards went to talk more over tea, ending up walking around the streets of the West Village getting to know each other for another couple hours. We both knew right away that this was different, and within a week we had fallen in love. Robin was invited to family Christmas 10 days later, and marriage was talked about in the first two weeks.  We got engaged a year later and started planning our intimate wedding shortly after. We had gone to Aurora Brooklyn (our venue) on our third date and again the night we got engaged. Their garden atrium was the perfect place for our ceremony, and their food is out of this world—and an important requirement for our wedding. We wanted it to be filled with good friends, our wonderful families, great food, and an amazing time.   And it was. We opted to do a lot of the decorations ourselves, i.e. the backdrop, the flowers, and a lot of smaller decorative elements. We also used Etsy and close friends for the bigger parts: our cake-topper, hair and make-up, and our day-of coordinator. All of this helped to reduce the cost of a NYC wedding so that we could spend our money on an amazing wedding photographer and a fantastic venue.  We couldn’t have asked for a better event—it really was everything we wanted and more!

Photos courtesy of Sarah Tew Photography.

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Event Credits

Music: Marie Michele (https://www.gigmasters.com/jazz/mariemichele) // First Dance Song Performed by Doug Winton & Carly Walker of Kyloe Blue (http://www.kyloeblue.com/) // Venue & Catering: Aurora Brooklyn (http://aurorabk.com/) // Make-Up: Erin Acker (http://www.erinmacker.com/) // Invitations: Love and Shelter (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveandShelter) // Hair: (Emily) Missy Green (http://www.salonroc.com/) // Day of Coordinator: Lovelys Powell // Cake Topper: MeltingPotLove // Cake: Ladybird Bakery (http://www.ladybirdbakery.com/) and The Chocolate Room (http://thechocolateroombrooklyn.com/)
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Gallery: Loving You Was Red

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a gallery of all things red!

We’re sending thoughts of love and chocolate out to all our readers today (and everyday!) and wishing one and all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

For more LBTQ wedding inspiration, check out our other galleries here.

Wilkins & Monicawilkins & monicaBrittney & KaraBritney & KaraErica & AlexErica & AlexIlina & Kristin:
ilina & kristinLauren & JessieLauren & JessieTara & MeganTara & MeganCecily & Alaynacecily & alaynaRebekah & Shawna: Rebekah & ShawnaLindsay & AngelaLindsey & Kara

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