Tell us your love story!
We met at an event at San Francisco Pride 2012 when Chloe was visiting from Montreal, where she lived at the time. We spent every day together until Chloe returned home and soon after, we jumped into 2 years of traveling, and living, between the US and Canada. In December 2015 we started our life together in our new home of Los Angeles. We eloped in February 2015, proceeded to get Chloe her green card and planned our Palm Springs wedding for September 2016.
What about the proposal?
We did not have a formal proposal since are not super into formalities. It felt more like a series of loving decisions based on never wanting to be apart again.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It depends who you ask, and when. Mostly, we were obsessed with each other from the moment we met, and if you ask Leah it was pretty much love at first sight.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
The most important thing we knew going into planning our wedding is that we did not want to limit ourselves to a single afternoon or evening of celebration. We knew that many of our friends and family would be traveling to attend, so finding a location that would be enjoyable to spend a long weekend was ideal. We LOVE Palm Springs so it seemed like the perfect fit to have it there, and we were lucky enough to find a perfect (usually gay male) resort to privately book out for the weekend.
What surprised you during planning?
Leah is an event producer so actually producing the event was pretty easy. Compromising to find a celebration that felt entirely authentic and safe to both of us was the biggest challenge we came up against.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
The things we wish we could have done differently were: have a stricter timeline on the wedding day for getting ready etc, forced ourselves to provide our photographer with a shot list, not hesitated on inviting more people, and had a coordinator to handle all of the day-of business and get us out of the way.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Our favorite part was definitely having our dance party in, and next, to the pool. This felt extremely unique to Palm Springs and was amazingly fun. Having our wedding over 3 days gave us the opportunity to relax and spend time with our friends and family. We were able to connect on a meaningful level with the people we love most in the world. We were so lucky to have had so many of our brilliant, talented and generous friends involved in the wedding (officiating, djing, hair & make up, flowers, set-up etc). Honestly, the weekend felt more like a celebration of community, queerness, style and love. We are so #blessed.
- Photography By Aurelie Davis Photography
- Videography By Love It Films
- Event Design & Florals By Holiday Celebrate
- Venue By Santiago Resort
- Catering By CV BBQ
- DJ By DJ Stanely Frank
- Leah's Dress By Reformation
- Leah's Shoes By Saint Laurent
- Chloe's Pants By Ganryu
- Chloe's Top By Vera Wang
- Chloe's Shoes By Weber Hodel Feder