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Intimate Maryland farm wedding with sparklers, confetti and an original song

Intimate Maryland farm wedding with sparklers, confetti and an original song

Carly and Shannon’s relaxed and intimate Maryland wedding took place at Tusculum Farm amidst rolling hills and colorful autumn leaves.As a professional wedding photographer, Carly didn’t want the day to feel like work, so the couple made sure their day felt wholly unique. They chose, for example, not to hide from one another all day, and as a surprise, Carly wrote and sang the song that played while the couple walked down the aisle.

Guests also handed each bride flowers as she walked down the aisle to create Carly’s bouquet, a representation of Carly’s late father who used to visit bearing wild flowers as a gift,

They also had a surprise confetti canon at the end of the ceremony.

“There were so many small, unique touches that helped curate a day bursting at the seams with joy and laughter,” they write. “We wanted our guests to leave feeling so loved.”

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Start your planning with a private conversation with just you and your partner. Remember at the end of the wedding it is just you two! Try to find the few things that mean the most to just you two and then go forward planning. It will help you both to stay true to the two of you and not be swayed by the thousands of websites, opinions, and past events you’ve seen.

Whether it rains, snows, or is sunny and 100 degrees, you are getting to marry your person. At the end of the day that is what was MOST exciting for us. The party was just the icing on top of finding a life partner.

What advice do you have for vendors and venues working with LGBTQ+ couples?

Please use the word couple, spouse or partner. There were so many times we had to mention or correct people. It didn’t upset us, but we know it could offend others. It is such a gentle and easy shift to start using more kind and open language.

What challenges did you face as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details

Jenny has always loved Harry Potter, and she and Brianna wanted to incorporate this love into their special day.

Their wedding took place in Jackson, Missouri, with the magical decor featuring nods to owls, the sorting hat, horcruxes, and the like.

From the looks on their faces, it was clear the two had cast a spell over each other.

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Enjoy your time being engaged and planning your wedding. Don’t get caught up in the small stressors. Most of the last minute things you think will be a major issue most likely won’t be noticed. Don’t skip out on having your dream wedding in fear of vendors or friends/ family not being supportive. You may just be surprised!

What challenges did you face as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

While planning I felt there was always a need to explain to vendors up front that I was contacting them regarding a service for a lesbian wedding. It did make inquiring and planning more stressful.

Did you encounter any pleasant surprises as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

The area where we live isn’t always LGBTQ+ friendly. We had ZERO issues while planning our wedding and felt much love and support from our vendors, family and friends! We had so many loving and supportive people to share in our magical day with us.

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Magical Harry Potter wedding with gold details | Fox Lane Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

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FEATURED VENDORS
Venue: Deerfield Lodge in Cape Girardeau, MO

Photographer: Fox Lane Photography,

Florist: Shay’s Bouquets

DJ: Juicebox Entertainment

Invitations: Wedding Idea Shop, Etsy; Tie the Knot Print Shop, Etsy

Attire for Partner 1: David’s Bridal

Attire for Partner 2: Banana Republic

Attendant Attire: David’s Bridal, Men’s Wearhouse

Caterer: Las Brisas Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Photobooth: Semo Selfie and Sound

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding

Megan and Allyson wanted a wedding filled with fun and color. The vibe, they say, was “groovy and eclectic.”

The couple married in October at the The Nest Event Center in Indianapolis, with Megan’s aunt officiating.

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Take your time in planning your big day. It’s a testament to a right that’s so fundamental, yet wasn’t always afforded to LGBTQ+ couples. Also, don’t ever limit yourself in including anything that’s tradition in a straight couple’s wedding. Have two bachelor parties, throw two bouquets, shove that cake in your partner’s face! We’re all equally wed.

What advice do you have for vendors and venues working with LGBTQ+ couples?

ASK QUESTIONS! If you’re unsure of something, then ask the question. Be open with LGBTQ+ couples. It makes us feel like you care about getting it right.

What challenges did you face as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

Logistics. It was a challenge working out the things straight couples don’t have to think about. Who will walk down the aisle first? How will we pronounce the married couple? Is three daddy-daughter dances too many? Two heads of hair, two faces for makeup (this was rough)! While we are feminists, there’s no denying…two brides are tougher than one!

Did you encounter any pleasant surprises as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

Our vendors were amazing. For most of them we were their first same-sex wedding. They were all so excited, open-minded, and amazing to work with.

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Colorful, eclectic Indianapolis wedding | Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

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FEATURED VENDORS

Photographer: Tessa Tillett Robbins Photography

Venue: The Nest Event Center

Florist: The Marshmallow Monkey

DJ: DJ Iron Lion

Invitations: Greetings Island

Attire for Partner 1: Maggie Sottero purchased from Sophia’s Bridal and Tux 

Attire for Partner 2: Lillian West by Justin Alexander purchased from Sophia’s Bridal and Tux 

Jewelry: Andrews Jewelers (engagement/wedding rings); Jared The Galleria of Jewelry (wedding bands)

Attendant Attire: Azazie 

Videographer: TOMMY.K

Caterer: Sweet and Savory

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making

After an epic flash mob proposal, Samantha and Leah’s winter wedding took place on the historic riverfront of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The couple, who had already been together for ten years, wrote that they “were going for a laid back yet elegant vibe with a mix of the old with the new, (first look photos on a roof top bar but a ceremony in an old warehouse).”

“We have always had a Champagne Taste on a Soda Pop budget,” they say, “So we had furs for the bridesmaids but DIY decor! Our wedding was all about our friendship to each other and creating a warm space that was completely surrounded by love, family, and friendship.”

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

The best advice we can give is to not worry about appeasing people’s expectations. Be as traditional or unique as YOU BOTH want. Just because your wedding may look different to some, you are still allowed to have traditional elements if that is what you have always pictured. At the end of the day, your wedding is all about you and your partner, so do not stress about the little things that you feel like you “have to have” because people expect it.

For example, we stressed a long time about having thank you gifts or not because we felt like it was an unnecessary expense but were worried people would be expecting it. We ended up skipping the party favor and served McDonalds cheeseburgers at the end of the night instead and of course, no one was disappointed!

What advice do you have for vendors and venues working with LGBTQ+ couples

Be open, accepting, and willing to think outside of the box. It is 100% okay to ask what you are unsure of (like pronouns, future names, who wants to walk down the aisle first, etc.) but make sure to listen to what the couple is asking. Also, just think before you speak! Nothing frustrated us more than when someone would ask so who’s the “groom” in your wedding….There is no groom we are both brides!

Did you encounter any pleasant surprises as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

I think the best part about planning our wedding together was that since we were both brides we were able to do almost everything together! Our favorite among the pre-wedding activities was having a joint bachelorette party. Our friend group is so incredibly close that there was no way we could have had separate parties without the other being left at home completely alone.

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Dazzling winter wedding ten years in the making | Matt Ray Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Search our directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive vendors.

FEATURED VENDORS

Photographer: Matt Ray Photography

Venue: Warehouse on Water

Florist: Gather Events

Planner: Michael Braxton

Invitation Designer: Minted

Attire for Partner 1: Stella York

Attire for Partner 2: Rebecca Ingram

Jewelry: Perry’s Emporium

Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal, Slate Blue

Bridesmen/Father’s Attire: Generation Tux

Caterer: Bill’s Catering

Cake Designer: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Crew Mobile

5 creative wedding ideas for flower attendants

5 creative wedding ideas for flower attendants

It is important to remember that there are no rules to follow when planning your special day. Just because tradition calls for a “flower girl,” doesn’t mean that’s the only way to adorn your aisle before you and your partner walk down it.

In fact, if you start to think outside the box, the possibilities are truly endless.

If you’re looking for inspiration, these five weddings threw the rulebook out the window and put their own spin on the flower attendant role.

A Mom Duo

Amanda Summerlin

Jimmy and Steve’s butterfly-themed wedding included their two moms walking down the aisle together as flower attendants and tossing petals over all the guests. If you don’t plan to have your parents walk you down the aisle, why not include them in this unique way that also symbolizes two families coming together?

Themed Flower Attendants

Dark Greek mythology wedding inspiration that calls to your inner goth two grooms gold Boutonnieres Hades Persis the Fates black tux black capes pomegranate blood orange black wedding cake Underworld
Brooke Voeller

This styled shoot imagined a wedding with a dark and moody Greek mythology theme. Real-life couple Kevin and Trinell represented the Gods Hades and Persis and were accompanied by three flower girls wearing black capes who represented the three fates.

Of course, any themed wedding could involve a reimagined, in-theme flower attendant.

Flower Dogs

Mary Veal Photography

Marisa and Courtney didn’t want their four-legged family members left out of their Florida beach wedding. So, their two dogs acted as the cutest and fluffiest flower attendants.

A Flowerless Flower Girl

Jeff Loftin Photography

You don’t even need someone to spread flowers if that doesn’t feel like the right choice for you. James and Bryan elected their “flower” girl to carry a beautiful lantern down the aisle instead.

Honoring A Cultural Tradition

Red and purple African diaspora wedding
Sara Marie Photography & Kelechi Ohiri Photography

For Jeanelle and Jane’s wedding, which focused on honoring both Ghanaian and African-American culture, they opted to have a sage bearer walk down the aisle instead of a flower attendant.

The “flower” attendant role is a great one to morph into something that honors the culture and traditions your wedding is celebrating.

London wedding with professional dancers and bursts of pink florals

London wedding with professional dancers and bursts of pink florals

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5 ways to honor the earth on your wedding day

5 ways to honor the earth on your wedding day

From travel to paper products to electricity, weddings can leave quite the carbon footprint. Of course, there are ways to reduce this footprint, and it is absolutely possible to get married in an environmentally conscious way.

Today we celebrate Earth Day, and in an ode to this important holiday, here are five ways to honor the earth on your wedding day.

Send Digital Invitations — Or Use Recycled Paper

Digital invitations might not feel quite as fancy, but it’s not only the environment that will benefit from their use. They will also save you money. These days, it is becoming increasingly common to go digital, and your guests might even appreciate how easy it is to RSVP.

But if that’s not for you, it is still possible to use ethically-conscious paper invitations. Companies like Paper Culture not only utilize recycled materials, but also plant a tree for every purchase.

Decorate with Reusable Flowers and Plants

Potted, live plants can be reused after the celebration, whether re-planted in gardens or used to decorate another location. This choice is much more sustainable than using cut flowers that will likely need to be thrown away after the event.

This fall countryside wedding has all the moody, romantic vibes you need two brides lesbian wedding autumn long white dresses invitations
Sarah Babcock Studio

Buy Ethical Jewelry

According to Sustainable Jungle, ethical jewelry “means transparent and responsible sourcing practices and use of sustainable materials. It has a minimal impact on the environment, isn’t involved with conflict, and gives back to workers by way of fair wages and safe working environments.”

Custom ring designer and Platinum Preferred Equally Wed member Emily Chelsea Jewelry, located in Philadelphia, is one such jeweler that exclusively sells sustainable jewelry.

On their website, Emily warns that there is currently no set of standards for what allows a jeweler to claim their products are ethically sourced, so be sure to do your research and ask a lot of questions when shopping around.

Plan a Vegan Menu

The production of meat and other animal byproducts is a massive source of methane emissions, with beef being one of the worst culprits. A vegan menu is a perfect (and delicious) way to honor the environment, and the Internet is filled with ideas for how to design one.

Sacramento, California, vegan lesbian wedding with ancestor table
True Love Photo

Celebrate Outdoors

An outdoor wedding is an easy way to be environmentally conscious, as it will significantly reduce the wedding’s use of electricity, heat, air conditioning, etc…

Bonus tip: Stay local

Throw your wedding in a location where the least number of people will have to travel. The less people that have to fly, drive, and otherwise transport themselves to the venue, the better.

Laughter, healing and love in the outdoors | Amanda Summerlin Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine
Amanda Summerlin Photography

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake

In this vintage, travel-themed photo shoot, real-life couple Addison and Cassie posed among brass and deep red decor at an airplane hangar in Keystone Heights, Florida.

The couple toasted with cocktails from a floral-adorned converted horse trailer. One bride wore black and the other wore white. With travel accessories peppered throughout the shoot, the pair gave off an undeniable lust for adventure.

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Travel-themed wedding ideas + a glam black wedding cake | Tabitha Baldwin | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Search our directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive vendors.

FEATURED VENDORS

Planner/Stylist/Hand Lettering: Fête Events

Photographer: Tabitha Baldwin

Gowns: Rachel Ann Bridal

Florals: Floral Designs by Kari

Hair: Brooke Mendoza

Makeup: Cristal Walker Beauty

China/Decor: Dish It Out

Furniture Rental: Event Works Rentals

Spirits: The Unbridled Bar

Stationary: 424 Creative

Cake: 4R Specialty Cakes

Venue: County Line Aviation

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch

Alyssa and Torie describe their May 2019 wedding as “a mixture of rustic, bohemian and romantic vibes.” With the ceremony officiated by a friend, the couple married at Cape May, New Jersey’s Willow Creek Winery beneath a gorgeous geometric arch.

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Not everyone might agree with your ideas, but the wedding is about you and no one else. Create your own traditions and do what feels right to you!

What advice do you have for vendors and venues working with LGBTQ+ couples?

Make sure that we as an LGBTQ+ couple feel welcome and supported. It makes the planning process much easier and smoother when we feel accepted.

What challenges did you face as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

We felt like we found ourselves always asking if the vendor was LGBTQ+ friendly, which is dis-heartening to us, since heterosexual couples don’t have to go through this process. It’s challenging to find a vendor that not only wants to work with you, but that you also feel comfortable working with.

Did you encounter any pleasant surprises as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

We ended up having more people being supportive of our wedding than we thought, and had more people say “yes” to coming to the wedding than we had thought!!

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

New Jersey winery wedding with gorgeous geometric arch | Saltwater Studios | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Search our directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive vendors.

FEATURED VENDORS

Photographer: Saltwater Studios

Venue: Willow Creek Winery

Florist: Stemtations 

DJ: SCE Event Group

Invitations: Lace and Belle

Attire: Maggie Sottero dresses purchased at Wedding Belles Boutique

Jewelry: Roberts Jewelers

Attendant Attire:  The BLK Tux; Show Me Your Mumu

Videographer: Saltwater Studios

Caterer: The Southern Mansion

Cake: Sweet T’s Bakery

Barn meets ballroom in this upscale Kentucky wedding

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding

Will and Nate’s upscale June 2019 wedding took place at Louisville, Kentucky’s Hazelnut Farm.

“Our venue is a barn meets ballroom feel,” the couple says, “so we tried to focus on an upscale Kentucky vibe.”

Who proposed?

Nate proposed on his own birthday to Will in front of friends at dinner by saying, “The only thing that could make tonight more perfect is if Will would agree to spend the rest of our lives together.”

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Make your wedding a celebration of you! There are no rules, so show your personalities, interests, and love off to everyone you ask to be part of your special day!

What advice do you have for vendors and venues working with LGBTQ+ couples?

Don’t use “his/hers” or “bride/groom” in contracts or when speaking to LGBTQ+ couples. Be aware of who is actually in front of you and how they would want to be addressed.

What challenges did you face as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

Because there are no rules, the freedom was kind of overwhelming! Who walks who in? What dances will we have? We used every opportunity to show off some element of our relationship. We love our families, our home state of Kentucky and bourbon, so we made sure that was reflected in our ceremony.

Did you encounter any pleasant surprises as an LGBTQ+ couple planning your wedding?

Nate surprised Will and his mom by cutting in to dance with her during their mother/son dance. Nate got close to Will’s mom in the years leading up to the wedding because we had all lived together.

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

Barn meets ballroom at this upscale Kentucky wedding | Sarah Katherine Davis Photography| Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

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Photographer: Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Venue: Hazelnut Farm

Florist: Denizen

Planner: Melissa Montgomery with Honeycomb Wedding Planners

DJ: Triangle Talent

Attire for Partner 1: Vintage wingtips; Tommy Hilfiger suit

Attire for Partner 2: Both custom ties from Knotty Tie Co; Tallia loafers  ; Tommy Hilfiger suit

Attendant Attire: Davids Bridal

Caterer: Masterson’s

Calligraphy (table numbers, seating chart): Michelle Marie Calligraphy