A DIY Summer Camp Wedding in Spring Green, Wisconsin: Alex + Frances

A DIY Summer Camp Wedding in Spring Green, Wisconsin: Alex + Frances

We both said it throughout the day and it still rings true; for many reasons, neither Frances nor myself ever thought we were going to be people who got to have the big, beautiful, LEGAL wedding...and we did, and it was fabulous. It still makes me tear up to realized how fortunate I am. 

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A Magical & Intimate Elopement in Central Park: Andrea + Carla

A Magical & Intimate Elopement in Central Park: Andrea + Carla

On this day 4 years ago, Andrea proposed to Carla, just one day after the historic Supreme Court decision. “We read about the celebrations happening back home and started to get emotional at the realization that so many people, including us, would now be legally validated and protected as couples. We never expected to see this happen during our youth — and much less in Puerto Rico. It was then that Andrea gently took my promise ring from my finger and asked me if I would ever marry her.”

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A Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Wedding Celebrating Love and Acceptance: Jason + Jay

A Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Wedding Celebrating Love and Acceptance: Jason + Jay

We really just want people to know our story. We’d like to say our story is unique, and maybe it is, but we want to show the world that we are just two normal guys, gay as it turns out, who fell in love. Throughout our 18 years of being together, we have been truly surrounded by people who love us and want us to be happy. After all, we all just want to be loved.

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Irvine Regional Park Engagement Session: Danielle + David

Irvine Regional Park Engagement Session: Danielle + David

We met through mutual friends, but we didn't date right away because David was in a relationship at the time. We were friends for two years before we decided to go on our first date in August 2018. That first date was a country concert at the Orange County fair. We danced and laughed the whole night, bonding over the similarities and values we had in common.

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A Just Because Couple's Session in Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia: Jen + Cameron

A Just Because Couple's Session in Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia: Jen + Cameron

Even though I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst and I deeply believe in the importance of having photographs to remember the moments of joy throughout your life, not just photos of your wedding day, we had not managed to take any real photos of us together in the last four years. So when friend and photographer Ayesha Ahmad said she wanted to add more photos of Charlottesville to her portfolio, we were thrilled to get to spend time in front of her camera!

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A Colorful Warrenwood Manor Wedding with a Chinese Tea Ceremony: Janice + Quentin

A Colorful Warrenwood Manor Wedding with a Chinese Tea Ceremony: Janice + Quentin

We performed a tea ceremony with our close family and friends before the main wedding ceremony. My grandmother painted calligraphy just for the occasion and it was very special to have that part of her there when she was unable to travel from China for the wedding.

We spent maybe a bit more than we should have on bourbon . . . but it is Kentucky after all.

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A Beach Elopement in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ruby + Sheila

A Beach Elopement in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ruby + Sheila

We met less than a year before we got married. Our connection was almost instantaneous and grew quickly. We share a background of struggle and resilience, and a passion for our Black identities and social justice. We knew we wanted to get married on a beach, and finding an LGBTQ+ friendly island in the Caribbean narrowed down our options substantially. Puerto Rico fit, however, and our desire to support the island after the hurricane of 2017 sealed the deal.

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A Rainy Elopement in Downtown Portland: Linda + Moreno

A Rainy Elopement in Downtown Portland: Linda + Moreno

The ceremony took place inside of Portland’s City Hall with the backdrop of a spiraled staircase, historic vault, and city employees who peeked from around the corners of their office doors to catch a glance as we strolled the marbled interior halls and staircase before and after the ceremony.

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A Relaxed, Intimate Wedding in Richmond, VA: Erin + Stephan

A Relaxed, Intimate Wedding in Richmond, VA: Erin + Stephan

We were both a little nervous – there were certain moments we didn’t have an exact script for, and so were awkward for a moment – but knowing that everyone there was thrilled for us, we felt comfortable to be a little informal and come up with things on the fly.

So much pressure is put on people to have the perfect wedding with every last detail planned, but in the end, simply having a fun day with the people we loved most was what made the wedding special.

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Spectacular Two Day Multicultural Wedding in Hong Kong : James + Mita

Spectacular Two Day Multicultural Wedding in Hong Kong : James + Mita

In some Indian weddings, brides walk down the aisle with their close family and friends under a “bed of flowers.” This is something I envisioned for my own wedding, however, it was hard to find such a frame in Hong Kong. Therefore, James did a bit of research on how it looks, picked up blocks of wood, hard string, and an array of flowers, and constructed the frame from scratch.

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A Gold and Wine Lutheran Wedding in Los Altos, CA: Alexis + Tasha

A Gold and Wine Lutheran Wedding in Los Altos, CA: Alexis + Tasha

We got married at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Los Altos, California. We choose this location because of its beautiful sanctuary and the love we were shown by the day-of coordinator. We both have a strong relationship with God, and know that a lot of Christian churches are not as willing or open to support same-sex marriages, but Immanuel Lutheran opened their doors to us with the upmost respect and love.

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A Romantic, Intimate-Feeling Wedding in Charlottesville, VA: Caroline + Jon

A Romantic, Intimate-Feeling Wedding in Charlottesville, VA:  Caroline + Jon

Our first date was at the best pizza place in Arlington. I was skeptical of Jon because his profile was explicit that he "didn't get dogs." Jon was skeptical of dating someone who lived in Virginia, as he had been living in DC for a decade and was only temporarily displaced to the Commonwealth due to a house fire (everyone was fine). There was an immediate spark, though, and by the third date (an afternoon cruise up and down the Potomac) we both knew that this could be special.

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Alysse + Gio's Valentine's Day Boudoir Shoot

Alysse + Gio's Valentine's Day Boudoir Shoot

We wanted to do a couple's boudoir shoot to show not only our vulnerability but also our deep love for each other. There's something very vulnerable about having the person who knows you intimately be there with you. There's nowhere to hide but also, I had my safe person there so it felt comfortable to be more vulnerable.

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