It's amazing what a labor of love weddings are! Friends and family come together to celebrate the love of the couple. It makes it all the more amazing when your loved ones actually prepare the space where you're saying your "I do's." For Issa & Jamie, this was the most touching thing about their wedding; the love, support, energy and hard work that was put into making their big day amazing.
From the brides...
We never planned to get married until it was legal. Mostly because, for us it wasn't a reality in our home State of Michigan or our current state, Alaska. As marriage started to spread across the country we thought, "What are we waiting for?" We legally wed on May 10, 2014, our 7 year anniversary, in Seattle, WA surrounded by 20 of our closest friends and family members. But we both knew the real place we needed to celebrate was home, in Michigan.
Everything about our Michigan wedding was authentic to who we are. First off, there was no glamour. The days before the wedding were filled with yard work, tractors, power washing, weeding and food prep. Ruggers from Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, California, Tennessee, Washington, Texas, and all over Michigan rolled in to take on tasks as we got ready the day of. After we got our hair and make-up done we walked into a backyard transformed by the people we love the most. The ceremony was done by Jaime's Mom, Rebecca Spatrisano, who reflected on our journey together and we read our own vows. The toasts were done by our best men and gay brothers Eric and Kurt and our maids of honor Tiff and Angelica. As a complete surprise our friend Bekay performed a personalized wedding song, complete with her own lyrics and piano composition! We had great food, quality wine, Microbrews and German beer, and everyone had the time of their lives.
Overall, for us the day was something we never imagined and all the praise for it goes to the people in attendance who have voted at the polls in favor of love and daily spread a message of acceptance for the LGBT community across the country. We were able to have our day, because of them.