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Nick Title_key Lee

Real Wedding
gallery Dec 1 2020
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A Moody Outdoor Wedding at Sacred Mountain Julian

Tell us your love story.

This probably won't surprise you, but Nick and Lee first met in person at a bar. The Dubliner isn’t just any bar though. This place has been Nick’s favorite Irish bar ever since he moved to San Diego in 2016. Nick brought many friends here and he just so happened to be out with a group of his shipmates that night when he met Lee. “Do you like Irish car bombs (an unfortunately named popular drink)?” Nick asked. He lost the race then and still loses to this day! Lee fit in so nicely with the group that he spent the rest of the evening bar-hopping. That one night turned into a whole three day weekend hanging around San Diego. Their unusually lengthy first date led to more adventures. Even though scorching 29 Palms is around three hours northeast of where Nick lives, Lee still commuted down every weekend.

From traveling all over New England while Nick had six months of school in Newport, Rhode Island to Lee dragging Nick up and down the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the adventure continued. From exploring the geologically stunning country of Iceland to bringing home their now 6-month-old Australian Shepherd named Cooper (the ring bearer), the adventure continued! There is a lot of uncertainty coming with Lee getting out of the Marine Corps and Nick having to move to Alabama with his ship, but one thing is for sure. The adventure continues!

What about the proposal?

Visiting Iceland had always been a dream for Nick. Having an adventurous spirit like Lee in his life was a perfect way to make this dream become a reality. One day they were both listening to Ed Sheeran’s album, “Divide” when Lee mentioned that they should look up his tour dates. Unfortunately, by then he was no longer touring the US. Fortunately, he would be in Reykjavik, the Capital city of Iceland, right around both Nick and Lee’s birthdays in August. So sparked Nick’s imagination! He created an eight-day itinerary to travel around the famed Ring Road. Tickets were purchased in March and thus began the waiting game. Nick had actually had the ring designed, ready, and waiting hidden in his closet only a month after that. Were there other opportunities to propose? Sure. But Nick knew he wanted a huge ending to what was already going to be a trip of a lifetime. Nick carried the ring box hidden inside the case that usually houses his drone; taking extra care to not let Lee lay a finger on it. Nick was beginning to feel restless that he would never find a location that was surreal yet private enough to keep the proposal intimate. That moment finally came nestled in a quiet valley next to a glacial river. Nick shared some thoughts on whether Lee and he were sure forever is what they could see themselves doing, so there was only one thing left; urging Lee to stand up so that he could pull out the ring and get down on one knee.

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

Nick knew he wanted to be with Lee forever the moment he realized that he would never get bored of staring into Lee’s crystal blue eyes. He loves the way Lee challenges him to spend as much time experiencing all that nature has to offer. Lee knew it was meant to be after the first time they went camping together in Joshua Tree; spending the weekend aimlessly adventuring beyond the beaten path.

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

We definitely knew we wanted an outdoor rustic wedding in the mountains. The trouble with that is it isn't always easy finding a common location near an airport that people can get to easily. For example, Mammoth Lakes has a regional airport, but that is super expensive to fly into. Lake Tahoe is stunning, but the nearest international airport is in Nevada. Julian was the perfect place for us.

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

Nick never thought he would need any sort of wedding coordinators since he is so good at event planning and itineraries, but it was incredible how much stress was lifted off of our shoulders with our fantastic day of coordinators. The family affair wedding team really made everything super simple. We just had to show up where and when they told us to and it was all ready to go! The most difficult thing for us was the guest count. Our wedding venue caps off-season weddings at 100 people due to the potential of inclement weather (which we did have). It was really hard trying to figure out if our guests could come or not and then asking friends who we couldn't originally invite closer to the wedding day than we would have liked.

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

Nick wishes he knew that the weather doesn't necessarily make or break the day. I trained almost the whole weekend and stressing over it doesn't help. The weekend went absolutely perfect and Nick wouldn’t change a single second. Lee wishes they had hired the day of wedding coordinators sooner than they had. Having the coordinators from day one would have helped to iron out so many little details that they didn't think of until it was almost too late.

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

We got engaged in August and immediately picked a date in march before Nick deployed so that we could get married. Having such a quick turnaround can be stressful, but it is totally doable with the right people involved. We would definitely have roped in our day-of coordinators a whole lot sooner. They had so many recommendations and great points of contact that would have made searching for vendor options a whole lot easier. Their experience made us feel a whole lot more stable and confident with our decisions. Find yourself wholesome vendors!! Every team we met with, whether it was food, floral, or photographer became an instant family member. Everyone was so kind and helpful.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

For Nick, it was his synchronized surprise dance with his mom. The DJ was fantastic and dancing with all of our closest family and friends while knowing that the country was literally shutting down around us (COVID-19) made it all the more unique. If the wedding was the following weekend, over half the guest list would have had to cancel. We are incredibly thankful and lucky we were able to celebrate our special day.

Nick is in all white and Lee is in black and white.

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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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