Planning a wedding isn’t about the Save the Dates, spreadsheets and swatches. Sure, those things all come into play, but in the end it’s about celebrating the greatest love story ever told…yours!
Even though we celebrate unique love stories each and every day, Pride Month reminds us how sacred the freedom to marry the one you love actually is. This month and every month is a time to remember what a wedding is all about: a chance to share your love with your closest family and friends in a way that is perfectly you.
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From your wedding website to your wedding reception decor, there are so many ways to make your wedding even more meaningful to you and your partner. We shared our favorite LGBT real weddings below, along with our tips for making your wedding day uniquely you. Happy Pride!
Share Your Love Story
Your wedding day is a celebration of your love story, and there is no better place to share yours than on your wedding website. One of our favorite websites, Squarespace, gives you an amazing set of tools to help you easily build the perfect one to showcase yours. Their award-winning website builder and designs allow you to craft any page and tailor it to your style and voice. One of their best wedding website templates, Vow, features a scrolling format, striking layout, and you can edit the colors to perfectly match your wedding theme (like all of their website options). Guests will love that you shared these special moments in your history with them, and chances are they’ve never heard your proposal story! We love reading about Katie & Stormie’s magical holiday proposal (and seeing their gorgeous real wedding photos), below!
Katie & Stormie
April 14, 2018
Stormie knew how important it was to Katie that her parents were supportive of them and their relationship, so she wrote Katie’s parents a letter (as they live in Reno) to ask them for their blessing. She enlisted one of Katie’s sisters’ help to hand deliver the letter to Katie’s parents to make it more personal. She received their blessing to propose and eventually decided how, when, and where to do it.
The proposal was at The Garden of Lights at San Diego’s Encinitas Botanical Garden, which was amazing with hot cocoa, carriage rides, s’mores and bonfires. Stormie had invited one of her best friends and her husband to join them that evening and found out that Katie had also invited them. She wanted someone to take pictures so it was perfect, the plan was set and she would pretend that she had no idea her friend was invited when they came to dinner. They were looking for a place to take Christmas pictures when everyone got weird and became SUPER interested in where to do that. After scouring the garden, Stormie found the perfect place to propose, she pulled Katie to the side and asked if she could read her a letter she wrote. As she finished reading the letter, Stormie got down on one knee and asked Katie to marry her. To her greatest happiness, Katie said ‘Yes!’
Create Those Surprise, Special Moments
Think of your wedding day as an opportunity to create an atmosphere of love! From the low-key (writing your own heartfelt vows) to the whimsical (hiring a choir to sing your favorite song), take guests on a journey of your relationship together with uplifting moments–and don’t be afraid of a few surprises along the way. Ben and Daniel definitely took those words to heart at their Maryland wedding, where they celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in their own amazing way.
Daniel & Ben
September 2, 2017
Ben and Daniel felt very strongly about the importance of their union and wanted to celebrate that. As part of the ceremony decor they had a selection of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage on a chalkboard with a gold frame as their backdrop. To begin the ceremony, each member of their wedding party read a line from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion holding that couples of the same sex have a constitutional right to wed.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Ben and Daniel invited each guest to be part of the candle lighting, while Danny’s best friend Priscilla sang “Love You I Do” from Dreamgirls. Guests lit their candles with the flame forward to the grooms’ mothers, who then lit the grooms’ candles to light one unity candle. And to make the ceremony super fun, a secret flash mob was there! The couple’s friends serenaded them with the song “Rather Be.”
No matter how you choose to celebrate your wedding day, remember that YOUR love is what will make it special, now and forever!
Ben and Daniel
Photographer: Michael Bennett Kress Photography//Location: Revolution Event Design and Production//Floral Designer: EDGE Floral Event Designers//Equipment Rentals: Revolution Event Design and Production//
Katie and Stormie
Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House//Ring Designer: Weisfield Jewelers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s District//Dress Store: Poppy & Rose Bridal//Dress Designer: Justin Alexander//Makeup Artist: Mobile Beauty Team//Musicians: Celeste Barbier Events//Cake Designer: Kiki’s Custom Confections//Caterer:Hello Betty//Floral Designer: Kendra’s Floral Design//Cinema and Video: Paul Douda Photography//Reception Venue: SpringHill Suites by Marriott//