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Liz Title_key Brittany

Real Wedding
gallery Sep 15 2020
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A San Antonio Wedding at Western Sky

Tell us your love story!

We met at work. Liz had a major crush but tried to avoid Britt (a strange tactic). With Britt’s persistence in becoming friends, Liz finally asked her on a wine and cheese date. She denies that this is how it came about, but that’s when it all started.

What about the proposal?

Liz proposed in St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland. We spent the day in cheese and wine shops and left a lock on Ha’Penny Bridge. We ended the day in a bar called the Long Hall, since Liz wanted to make sure Britt knew she was in it for the long haul. (get it?!) Liz is really sentimental and wanted the proposal to be symbolic and memorable. This almost didn’t become the proposal story because Britt got food poisoning and was horribly sick for the two days prior to the proposal!

Britt re-proposed a year before our wedding after an amazing Italian dinner. We both had each other’s rings custom made so it was an extra special exchange.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

There isn’t really an event or moment that we realized we were meant to be. The most defining moment in the relationship, however, is when Liz decided to come out to her parents. She was raised in a very conservative family, and she knew that coming out to her parents was a big decision that could result in a strained relationship with them. Falling in love with Brittany made that decision clear, and that’s when the relationship was able to progress.

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

We definitely knew that the wedding needed to be held in the winter. Texas is always hot, so our window of time was narrow. Liz hates the heat, so this was a nonnegotiable. We knew that we needed an open bar and amazing food, so that was our biggest focus. Britt’s must-have was great music!

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

Honestly, I think the cost of everything surprised us the most. We were mostly on the same page about what we wanted our day to look like, but fitting that into a budget was really hard. We compromised on a few things that we wanted (Britt initially wanted prime rib served for dinner before she realized how expensive weddings are-- ha!), and we also made a lot of our decorations and signage. That helped offset the cost of some of the fun extras, like a photo booth and signature drinks.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

We were shocked at how fast the day went by! After the months/years planning, the day just flew by and we were being sent off in our getaway car before we realized it was over. We wish we’d been a little more mentally prepared for things to not go according to plan.

People will disappoint you, schedules will go awry, and there are simply things you can’t control. In retrospect, we should have been better at stress management and focused on being more flexible. Ultimately, we got married and had the greatest day of our lives. We were able to celebrate the next phase of our lives together, and we can’t ask for more than that!

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

We recommend setting boundaries immediately—with yourself, your friends/family, etc. Wedding planning is super stressful and there is so much to think about. On top of that, it’s a financial strain for most couples! The best thing we did for ourselves was schedule time to talk about the wedding. Liz tried to tackle too many things at once and every day it seemed like all we did was “talk wedding.” We compromised by setting aside time dedicated to discussing whatever was next on the list. This saved us a lot of arguments and let us set things aside for later. We only wish we’d done that earlier!

Hire that day-of coordinator! Having someone to run the show on the day of is absolutely worth the money. This allows you and your bridal party to let loose and let someone else worry about any timing issues or other mishaps. If we could change anything, we would allow lots of extra getting ready time. Things are bound to go wrong and eat into your timeline, so give yourself lots of wiggle room.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

We wrote our own vows, so it was nerve wracking to share with each other our very intimate feelings in front of a large crowd. Britt wrote a sweet, but funny poem (her signature), and Liz’s was (of course) sweet, emotional, and romantic. Both of us were in tears. It was such a genuine, vulnerable moment for us and it was better than we imagined. We were super nervous to write our own vows, but it ended up being extremely rewarding. We had our bridal party walk into the reception to “I’ll Be There for You,” by the Rembrandts. We are obsessed with Friends and didn’t tell our bridesmen/maids what their song was as they made their entrance. It was a huge hit! We followed our bridal party into the reception with “Happy Together,” by Weezer. Liz couldn’t stop smiling and air-drumming. It was an out-of-body experience seeing full tables of people from all over the country cheering, and ready to celebrate with us. The rest of the night was a blur with all of the dancing and champagne.

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Christopher Title_key Steven

Love Shoot
gallery Sep 8 2020
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A Pismo, California Dunes Shoot

How did you meet?

Chris: Steven and I met through a mutual friend that we had both known for years. She would constantly try to play matchmaker and we finally gave it a shot. From that moment on, we made seeing each-other and spending time with each-other priority until we starting dating.

Steven: We have a mutual friend that was trying to get us together and eventually it happened. We got together for happy hour at TGIF. I knew by the way he took that first shot of tequila that I was never letting him go.

What is the best quality about the other person?

Chris: My favorite quality in Steven is his sense of presence. He makes you feel like you are the only person in the room by paying attention and showing interest in you. Even when he is not around there is still a strong sense of closeness to him.

Steven: His happiness is so infectious. Everyone around him can’t help but love him and have a good time.

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

Chris: I truly believe Steven has taught me a lot in our relationship. However, I think the best/most important thing he continues to teach me is positivity. No matter the situation you can always count on Steven to point out the positive. I think this quality has rubbed off on me since starting our relationship.

Steven: He taught me what it is to be in love. He is the only person I have ever been with in my entire life and the only person I have ever loved.

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

Chris: What I look forward to the most is our life together. This is something I have been able to envision from early on in our relationship. To reach our individual and relationship goals side by side.

Steven: I look forward to waking up everyday to his face. The dream is to build and have a  home together.

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

Both: It was on a whim! The thought of capturing our love on film made us too happy. We wanted a shoot at our favorite spot, where we are the happiest with each other.

Christopher – White Shirt/ pants. Steven – Green Shirt/ Shorts

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A Thought For Thursday
gallery Sep 3 2020
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"if you are

asking me

what I want,

it's this.

it's you."

Chloë Frayne

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Adrianna Title_key Bri

Real Wedding
gallery Sep 1 2020
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A Detroit Wedding at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Tell us your love story!

While we were living in Washington, DC, we met during a happy hour event for DC Strokes – the nation’s oldest LGBTQ rowing team. Adrianna had been a part of the team for a few years (ask her to show you her medals!) and Bri wanted to grow her involvement in the gay community while picking up a new sport and hobby. Throughout the evening, we kept mentioning this feeling of deja vu, like we had met before but couldn’t put our finger on where. We ultimately realized that earlier in the year, we had planned to meet after a few messages online. As the date neared, a massive snow storm swept through the North Eastand shut down the city. We were never able to reschedule. Three months after we “reconnected” at the happy hour, we started dating.

What about the proposal?

Neither of us are big on surprises, so we decided to go through the proposal process together by planning a weekend away to Santa Barbara….or at least, that was originally the plan! Much like how we met, bad weather came through Southern California bringing along with it a long weekend of heavy rain. In the end, we decided to make a day of it from our home in LA, but we had to improvise. Adrianna woke Bri up with pancakes spelling out “Marry Me?”, and Bri created an elaborate beach-themed picnic in the living room, using an inside joke to seal the deal.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

Looking back now, our serendipitous happy hour is all the proof we need.

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

We knew that we wanted a very small and intimate ceremony and a separate party with all of our friends and families. We married in a private ceremony in San Francisco during Pride Week, and later planned for a celebration in Bri’s hometown of Detroit. We knew we wanted a venue that spoke to our personalities and our own history, so we originally had our hearts set on Detroit’s Boathouse – fitting for having met on a rowing team, right? We also knew we wanted everything to be more laid back - no cake cutting, no special dances, no toasts, just our closest friends and family getting together to eat, drink and dance. Our wedding planner, Ryan, helped us figure out how to represent all of that into the perfect event.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

When it comes to surprises, we’ve already had a few, and if you were thinking the bad weather would end with first dates and engagements...well, that’s where you’d be wrong. Nine days before our wedding reception, our venue flooded. (Are you sensing a theme?) Ryan called us with a backup plan already in place and she effortlessly handled all the changes. We were planning our reception in Michigan from our home in California, so getting a wedding planner was the easiest decision we made. The hardest decision might have been choosing ice cream flavors...

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

Things never really go as planned, and that’s okay. And honestly, it may end up being better than what you had originally planned in the first place.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

Think about what’s important to you. We talked a lot about what we wanted to feel and experience together on that day. We sent those vibes to our vendors and we let them do their thing. Trust them, it’s their specialty.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

All the love we shared with our family and friends, and the candy bar.

Adrianna has brown hair and Bri is blonde and has glasses. 

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Sneak Peek
gallery Aug 31 2020
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