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Kiki Title_key Katie

Anniversary Shoot
gallery Nov 17 2020
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An Intimate Anniversary Shoot in Grafton, NY

How did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend when Kiki came to NYC for a photography gig where I was living at the time. Apparently, Kiki asked for the introduction to happen since we knew of each other previously. We had been Facebook friends for years but cannot remember if we had actually met or not. It’s an ongoing joke because when we had originally become Facebook friends Kiki had sent me a flirty message that I had ignored but the timing worked out perfectly in the end!

How long have you been married?

We have been married for one year.

What is the best quality of the other person?

Kiki: She is so supportive and always pushes me to be a better version of myself.

Katie: Hands down Kiki’s energy and the way that she brings joy to every situation. She makes me laugh hard every day.

What is the best thing that your spouse/partner/significant other has taught you?

Kiki: Communication 100% there’s an advantage to being married to a therapist.

Katie: Kiki has taught me how to loosen up and go with the flow which does not come naturally to me at all.

What do you most look forward to in the future with your spouse/partner/significant other?

Both: Babies!

Kiki: Growing our family together.

Tell us a bit about your anniversary shoot! What made you decide to do a shoot? Where did the style/design inspiration come from?

We had originally wanted to hire Nicole for our wedding but she was on her own honeymoon! Kiki is also a Photographer and was chatting with Nicole about our anniversary plans and the shoot was planned. Nicole really led the vision of the shoot and it was so much fun!

Kiki is the one in the denim shirt and navy pants and Katie is wearing the polka dots.

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Molly Title_key Tricia

Styled Shoot
gallery Nov 10 2020
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A Red Styled Shoot At Antebellum of New Kent

Tell us about the inspiration behind this shoot.

Some of my favorite vendors were planning to come together to create a special shoot to celebrate the LQBTQ community, specifically marriage. So I immediately jumped at the opportunity to capture these images. I am such a strong believer in "Love is Love" and if you are lucky enough to find an amazing love you should be able to celebrate it no matter who, what, when where, or why! And this venue was beyond perfect for the backdrop of this amazing day. It was such a joy to work with this team and I want to share these gorgeous images with as many people as I can!

What are some of the key elements in this shoot?

We really wanted to just focus on the couple and the red color. The realness of their love and laughter. They were very genuine and had a beautiful relationship.

Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?

Each color of the rainbow was represented by a couple. This is the "red" couple. Which you can see in their jewelry, table setting, drinks, sweets, invitations, florals, and decor paired beautifully with grey accents.

Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?

Molly and Tricia are a real-life married couple who volunteered to share their love and model for us in this "Love is Love" LGBTQ styled shoot in Virginia. They were both a bit shy in front of the camera, but there was no hiding their absolute love for each other, and that sparkle in their eye. Couple goals at their best! These two are the real deal. Authentic and absolutely beautiful.

Have you worked with LGBTQAI+ couples prior to this?

Yes! And I have loved every moment of it. We should be able to show off and celebrate as loudly as we want.

Molly has pink hair. Tricia has a vest on.

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Virin Title_key Anthony

Real Wedding
gallery Nov 3 2020
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A Rainy Wedding at the Winnetka Community House

Tell us your love story!

Virin and Anthony first connected online, and it began with a few messages sometime close to New Year of 2014. Contrary to what some people may have assumed, Virin was actually the person to initiate the conversation. After getting to know each for about a month or two, they decided to meet in person to see if they felt sparks. Virin took the train from Hanover Park to Union Station where Anthony was casually leaning against the wall waiting after a long day of work. They took the Blue Line together to grab a bite to eat at Dimo's Pizza. While Anthony ordered two slices of pizza, Virin only ordered one because lactose intolerance is not a cute look on the first date. They talked about more of their interests including music tastes, and when Virin told Anthony that his favorite artists were One Direction and Taylor Swift, you could see a look of doubt cross Anthony's eyes, but he decided to give Virin the B of the D (benefit of the doubt). After they finished their pizza, Anthony took Virin to one of his favorite bars, The Violet Hour. The bar had a Great Gatsby/swanky feel to it and felt very intimate. Virin ordered a Dark & Stormy, and Anthony ordered a Manhattan. Conversation flowed effortlessly, and hours passed like minutes making this the longest first date that either of them had ever had. Safe to say now, they definitely felt sparks.

What about a proposal?

Virin being the somewhat over the top type, he would have expected a large spectacle of a proposal. This however would not have taken him by surprise as he would have expected a proposal on a special day. Instead, in order to completely surprise Virin with the proposal, it happened on a random Tuesday evening while we were watching a movie and cuddling on the couch with our dogs. Anthony was behind Virin, who was laying with his back against Anthony’s chest. Anthony asked Virin if he loved him, to which Virin said “of course.” Anthony then said but actually? While he pulled the ring out from his pocket and asked if Virin would marry him.

When did you know you were meant to be?

We pretty much knew we were going to be together for a long time after the first date in 2014. After about a year we knew we would eventually get married though, with Virin in Med School we didn’t have the energy to think about it seriously until he was finished. Anthony proposed a couple of months before Virin graduated from med school.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

Going into wedding planning we knew we preferred an outdoor, garden-type wedding. We had discussed during our relationship what we wanted even before we knew we were going to be getting married. There was a shared folder on our PC network in which we put ideas for the wedding. We knew it was going to be a garden wedding with the decor being florals and greenery with firefly lights in garden lanterns. We knew we wanted less than 100 people and only a small ceremony cake because we preferred a large dessert table. There HAD to be an open bar, and we had our own signature cocktail for guests to enjoy. All of this was “planned” before we started wedding planning properly.

What surprised you during wedding planning? What was easy and what was difficult?

The easy part was knowing what we wanted. We both had a fairly clear view of what we envisioned our day being like. Finding a venue that fit our criteria was the hardest part of the wedding. It took us several weeks to find somewhere that fit what we wanted and fit our price range (IE not 16000 dollars just for the venue). Other than that, coordinating all the vendors together seemed the next most difficult as we planned it ourselves and didn’t use a wedding planner. The catering company/Wedding venue worked together and we were provided with a semi coordinator during the wedding planning process by Catered by Designs which was a great help.

Any advice for folx planning their wedding now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you'd like to add?

We had a fairly easy-going wedding planning experience, even though it did rain on the actual day. If we would do it over, we would be more prepared to deal with moving the reception inside Instead of assuming it would be okay and focusing outside. What we mean is we would have decorated inside a bit more as we were planning on using the garden venue outdoors as the decoration for walls and environment which the inside didn’t provide as well.

Definitely have a plan for finding your venue well ahead of time, that was the most stressful part of the planning process. Make sure to communicate with vendors, especially cake/flowers, to make sure they get everything exactly how you envision it. We had a little bit of trouble getting the cake we actually wanted.

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Our favorite part of our wedding, other than the obvious marrying each other, was getting all our friends and family together to celebrate us! Keeping the wedding small worked out so well because there was zero drama as everyone there was special to us. Other than that, working with our Photographer Lisa Kay was amazing and made the day so much better. She stayed the entire time of the wedding and reception and kept getting inspired by things she saw throughout the wedding, coming up with new ideas for groom and groom photos!

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Lolide
gallery Oct 28 2020
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LOLiDE: Gender Neutral, Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings

“I see myself as an inclusive, feminist jeweler and hope others do as well. I want LOLiDE to be a place where people who consider themselves non-traditional or who don't feel represented by mainstream options are not only welcome, but can see designs created with them in mind – not just as an afterthought. I've made gender neutral rings from day one, starting with my own wedding ring and driven by my personal experience of struggling with the gender binary and never fitting into either box. Inclusivity, visibility, and respect for all forms of non-traditional weddings - however you choose to define the term - are driving concepts behind my work.”

Lori Linkous Devine, owner, designer, creator of LOLiDE

To see more of Lori's designs, click here.

LOLiDE was founded 10 years ago in Seattle, WA by Lori Linkous Devine. The driving force behind LOLiDE is Lori’s recognition of a need for modern, clean, artistic wedding rings for folks who could never see themselves in Tiffany or Ben Bridges Rings for people who want to celebrate their love with a symbol that feels true to their own aesthetics and values rather than those of trendsetters or celebrities. Lori’s firm belief that each partner should purchase the type of ring that they want – if they want – is one of the things that sets her apart from other sellers in a crowded field. "We’re all painfully familiar with our culture’s lingering, antiquated formula for buying wedding jewelry: she gets a big rock, he gets a plain band, everybody moves on. It doesn’t have to be that way. I think it’s time to throw out the binary, sexist assumptions that go along with the traditional approach. My goal is to help my customers express themselves with rings that reflect their personal style – and their special bond – in a way that they’ll be proud to wear every single day."

Lori’s enthusiasm is evident when she discusses the ways her work can help loosen the constraints that often go hand-in-hand with the sexism and exclusivity that are paramount in the current wedding industry. She focuses on the form of each piece first – shape, weight, and balance – in order to offer silhouettes that suit an array of needs: from delicate to sturdy, simple to elaborate. With most designs, her customers then have the option to customize their choice of metals, stones, and finishes to meet their exact specifications. The result is an almost endless array of modern, elegant engagement and wedding rings that work in countless combinations. “I love getting to know the personalities of my customers as I work on their orders – and I feel privileged when someone tells me that my work speaks to them, or that my rings are just what they were searching for.” Lori says. “It doesn’t always have to be complicated – I worked with a woman who viewed herself as feminine while not at all feeling connected to traditional ways of defining femininity. She loved sparkles but was also edgy and badass and had always disliked the connotations of wearing a traditional diamond ring. I offered her a band that featured mixed metals, rivets, and small, inset sapphires; she was so happy to be able to have a ring that reflected her personality and to easily find a complementary piece for her partner as well.”

Quality and originality are hallmarks of Lori's work. Every item is handmade by her in her studio in Seattle, and she takes care to carefully inspect each piece before it goes out the door. This attention to detail extends beyond the studio and into her customer service ethos as well. “It is so important to me that folks are happy with my work, and I do everything I can to make sure my customers have not just a beautiful ring they love but a great experience. I want people who shop with me to know that I’m a real person and it genuinely matters to me how they will reflect on this experience years from now. I am honored to be a part of such a special event in someone's life, and I take the responsibility of making this piece for you, this symbol of your love, very seriously.”

When asked to elaborate on her commitment to gender-inclusive designs, Lori said, "I try really hard not to fall into the habit of designing in terms of a male/female aesthetic, while also recognizing that people are conditioned to see things in those terms. I think we all have elements of the “feminine” and “masculine” and that you shouldn't be forced to choose. Some of us are more on one end of the spectrum or the other, many of us fall somewhere in the middle. To me that means, if you love lots of sparkle and a big rock, I got you. If you just want a plain, simple flat band, I will put love and care into making that ring for you, too. I feel my role is to create options - options for those who like bling, for those who want straight and simple, but especially options for those who don’t feel drawn to offerings at either end of that spectrum.

Customers who are looking for jewelry with a conscience will be happy to know that each piece of LOLiDE  jewelry is made with the environment in mind. Lori uses recycled metal, conflict-free and lab-created diamonds and gemstones, crafted by hand in Seattle. “The wedding marketplace is full of pretty things with ugly origins,” Lori told us. “When I started making people’s wedding rings, I was adamant that my pieces would not only be elegant and modern, but would have a backstory that my customers could be proud of.” Conflict-free stones, recycled materials, and non-toxic fabrication processes are just some of the ways that Lori ensures her customers can wear jewelry that is above reproach. You can learn more about this ethos here.  

If you’re looking for top-quality non-traditional wedding jewelry for your special day that reflects your personal aesthetic and values, check out www.lolide.com. Lori will work with you to ensure the set you choose is the perfect reflection of your unique style and partnership.

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Kimberley Title_key Charisle

Engagement
gallery Oct 27 2020
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A Queensland Engagement Shoot

How did you meet?

We met at work in early 2019. At the time, Kimberley was coordinating the opening of a new café at a local sporting facility and Charisle was new staff member. We hit it off as friends and work was busy, so we were spending a lot time of together. Kimberley says she knew the moment she laid eyes on Charisle, she felt a sense of warmth and comfort with Charisle. She knew she was going to be in her life one way or another, deep down, there was something undeniable about her attraction to Charisle and it was meant to be.

It was during a late-night phone call in the early stages that Kimberley knew she was in love with Charisle. One day at work, Charisle was helping Kimberley with a task and they were walking side by side when she blurted out something along the lines of “I love you” and Charisle looked at her and said “What?” They both laughed. Moments later Kimberley fell down some stairs and Charisle literally caught her. She has never let her fall since.

Charisle says she knew soon after meeting Kimberley that she was in trouble – lol! She knew she was going to fall hard and she tried to fight it a number of times. She felt comfortable talking to Kimberley like she had never felt with anyone else before. One day, at the local Botanic Gardens, we were just talking and Charisle says she knew then, that she was in love with Kimberley. It wasn’t anything big or grand or elaborate, it was just a feeling that was there. A burning urge, a heart pounding out of your chest kind of love.

Tell us about the proposal!

This always makes Kimberley & Charisle laugh. Kimberley is the planner and organizer so Charisle was trying to out plan her. She was thinking up all these big elaborate ideas to try and impress, and go all out. The actual proposal turned out nothing like that! Charisle came home from work one night and Kimberley had set up a cute little picnic in the lounge room with cushions and candles, cheese platter and wine. It was so beautiful. We were just listening to music when Charisle went to the bathroom. She came back, and there was this song playing on our playlist and it’s called Marry Me. Charisle turns to Kimberley and says “will you…” just as the song says Marry Me. It took Kimberley a moment to get it!! We both laugh at it now given that Kimberley was in the worst pj’s she owns and it wasn’t big or elaborate at all. Charisle says it just felt right there and then, and went and grabbed the ring she had already bought and just did it!

Are you planning your wedding right away or taking time to enjoy engaged life?

We have been engaged for almost a year and we have only just started making plans – thanks to Covid19 we had a bit more time on our hands this year! We used our time in isolation to book and plan things. Every decision has just been so easy as we both agree on almost everything. We are getting married in September 2021. Our favourite place is the beach so we are planning a small intimate ceremony and reception on the beach with our closest family and friends. It will be laid back, romantic and intimate.

What is the best thing you have learned from your partner?

Kimberley: The best thing I have learnt from Charisle… is actually a lot! I have learnt to slow down, relax, have fun, leave the house work, all those little things that make me a better person today. Charisle has also taught me that love is not perfect and it is okay to have good days and bad days. She has shown me a beautiful, real and powerful kind of love that I never knew existed. Charisle makes me feel like the most beautiful person and I know her eyes will find mine no matter where we are.

Charisle: Kimberley has taught me that it is okay to rely on someone and to need someone. She taught me that I don’t always have to be strong and can let my walls down. She taught me to be vulnerable and know that someone will still be there for you, even on the bad days. She has also bought me out of my shell and made me see the real world a bit more. I do more, talk more and see more with her in my life. She is full of adventure so we compliment each other perfectly. Like salt and pepper. She has given me a confidence in myself I have never had before.

What is your favorite part of your relationship?

Kimberley: Not sure my answer is appropriate here...Okay for real, my favourite part of our relationship is the companionship. I love our little date nights, shopping together, playing board games or doing puzzles, drinking wine and cheese platters… eating chocolate or ice cream in bed! It’s nothing big, I love all the little things of having Charisle in my life.

Charisle: says ditto. She loves having Kimberley to share everything with. Our life is very simple. Although we have 4 boys and our house is often crazy, we love the quiet moments together.

Charisle is dressed in the cream jumper and Kimberley is in the dress

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