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contents in this issue Carley’s Letter Welcome to our second issue! 5 Things to Know About Planning a Gay Wedding Get tips from the experts. Pride and Joy A few of our favorite moments since DOMA was struck down. Wedding Timeline Your essential to-do list. Ask Carley Our cofounder answers your etiquette questions. My Favorite Things Noted wedding planner Todd Fiscus shares his inspirations.

A Perfect Pair How to coordinate your modern, glam or retro wedding day looks. Rainbow Brights Flowers, cakes, registry items and more in a variety of hues. Signature Sips Raise a glass to gay pride with these delicious cocktails. Love Stories Couples share the sweet moments that led them to “I do.” It’s in the Details Unique ideas from real weddings that we loved. Honeymoon Hot Spots Gay-friendly newlywed retreats.

Steal Nate’s Style Last Look See designer Nate Berkus’s wedding décor, then get the look. One couple’s stunning shot.


real weddings Best Preppy Wedding Michael & Rob, Petoskey, MI Best Glam Wedding Carla & Margaret, West Orange, NJ Best Tropical Wedding Jesus & Luis, Maui, HI Best Camp Wedding Jessie & Kate, Park Rapids, MN Best Use of Yellow Eric & Jeff, Pacific Palisades, CA Best Military Wedding Makenna & Yvonne, Guemes Island, WA

Coolest Historic Venue Gretchen & Tyra, New Orleans

Best Viral Wedding Kat & Meredith, Fayetteville, AR

Best Blowout Wedding Bash Ceron & Todd, New York City

Best City Hall Wedding Kevin & Ryan, San Francisco

Best Classic Wedding Jimmy & Kurt, New York City

Most Whimsical Wedding Andrea & Grace, Brooklyn, NY

Most Pinterest-ing Details Kim & Lexi, Bridgehampton, NY

Best Fall Wedding Anja & Kellye, Brooklyn, NY

Best Surprise Wedding Dan & Josh, Paris

Best Rustic Wedding John & Rob, Glen Ellen, CA

Best DIY Details Michael & Tim, Palm Springs, CA

Best Modern Wedding Kristen & Melissa, Grand Rapids, MI

Best Use of Florals Jeannie & Lisa, New York City

Best Backyard Wedding Carol & Jillion, Danville, IL

Best Live-Streamed Wedding Billy & Pat, New York City

Best Musical Moments Kyle & Tommy, Boston

Brides cover: Fred Marcus Studio; Grooms cover: Donna Von Bruening Photographer


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things to know about planning a gay wedding Keep this expert advice in mind as you start to pull together your day.

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it’s okay to toss tradition aside

Since there aren’t any set rules in place to follow, you have the luxury to do whatever you want, says Bryan Rafanelli, celebrity event planner and founder of Rafanelli Events. Whether that means having your dog walk you both down the aisle or wearing shorts and matching “Groom” and “Groom” shirts, your wedding should include the elements that will make it your perfect day. Same goes for traditional moments like cutting the cake or the first dance: Feel free to do them, skip them or put your own special twist on them.

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aim to keep things exciting

If you do end up leaving out any of the typical traditions, it’s a good idea to replace those gaps with some other fun alternatives. Believe it or not, many guests actually look forward to those traditional moments and they can help make the evening flow, says Bernadette CoveneySmith, founder of 14 Stories. Consider adding drag performers, a cocktail hour cabaret show, a prop-filled photo booth, or other forms of entertainment that will excite and surprise your guests.

check out The Knot Shop’s gay wedding boutique for same-sex cake toppers and more

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plan to protect your family

Not to be a downer, but your marriage won’t be recognized by many states (yet, anyway), Coveney-Smith says. Hire an attorney and a financial adviser

who understands LGBT family law to draw up the documents that will help protect your new family, so you can have peace of mind when you travel the world together as newlyweds and beyond!

4

coordinate your attire

Same-sex weddings just aren’t the same as straight ones, when a bride and groom can easily surprise each other and still look coordinated, says bridal designer Matthew Christopher. Instead, it makes sense to plan out (or even shop for) your looks together, so you can create a cohesive style that mirrors the overall vibe of your day. “That doesn’t mean you have to dress exactly the same (unless you want to!), but aesthetically you should look like you go together,” Christopher says.

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go gay-friendly

The wedding industry is still typically bride-centric. If you’re marrying in a major city, you may not encounter discrimination, but you may come across accidental slip-ups like references to the bride and groom, warns Coveney-Smith. To minimize any problems, seek out reputable gay-owned wedding companies in your area. Start by checking out your local Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, ask recently married same-sex friends for recommendations, or browse pros on TheKnot .com/gayweddings.


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pride and joy

It’s been a busy year since DOMA was struck down—here’s a look back at some of our favorite moments.

a “modern” proposal

53%

of Americans are now in favor of gay marriage. That’s a 23% jump since 2003.

With the DOMA ruling, the time was finally right for Modern Family’s writers to take the plunge. In season five, Mitch and Cam proved that sometimes the most impromptu proposals—and ceremony surprises— are the most romantic. Grab some tissues and watch the proposal here.

last year’s issue is on the planner’s desk!

out and proud From movie stars to athletes, we couldn’t get enough of all the moving and courageous coming-out stories that made headlines this year.

jason collins darren young tom daley

“And I am here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time.”

brian boitano raven-symoné wentworth miller robin roberts maulik pancholy maria bello bob harper lucas cruikshank ellen page

celeb love

On June 26 last year, news of the historic ruling dominated Twitter as celebs (and the president!) shared fun and inspiring messages of support. john stamos @JohnStamos I'm so happy about today's decision I could kiss a man!

lady gaga @ladygaga We stand tall today. #DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority.

joan rivers @Joan_Rivers Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner.

barack obama @BarackObama Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove


state of the union

On May 20, a federal judge struck down the constitutional ban on same-sex partners to wed in Pennsylvania, making it the 19th state (plus the District of Columbia) and counting to legalize gay marriage.

washington 2012

minnesota 2013

iowa 2009

illinois 2013

oregon 2014

vermont 2009 maine 2012 new york 2011

massachusetts 2004 rhode island 2013 new hampshire 2009 connecticut 2008 new jersey 2013 pennsylvania 2014 delaware 2013 maryland 2012 washington, dc 2010

california 2013

hawaii 2013

new mexico 2013

135,000,411

Let’s Hear it For Days! In April, Days of Our Lives aired the first same-sex wedding between two men, making soap opera history. Relive the moment Sonny and Will walked down the aisle here.

The number of Americans who currently live in a marriage equality state

the grammys go big

map: shutterstock; grammys: getty images; tv: shutterstock

All Hail the Queen! During this year’s Grammy Awards, Queen Latifah officiated a mass wedding that included lots of same-sex couples and a moving rendition of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s hit “Same Love.” Oh, and Madonna was there too! Watch it again here.

celeb love (continued) demi lovato @ddlovato OUR LOVE WAS MADE, #MadeIn TheUSA!!!!!!! #equality #Marriage4ALL #NOH8

jesse tyler ferguson @jessetyler Remember the old days when #DOMA was around and gay people couldn’t get married in California? Crazy right!?

seth meyers @sethmeyers DOMA and Prop 8 should get married.

neil patrick harris @ActuallyNPH DOMA-it-justlost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.

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wedding timeline You’ve waited a long time—what’s another twelve months of planning? Here’s what to do, when, on your way to the altar. Choose a wedding date and time. Then go to and enter your wedding date to get a free personalized to-do list. Settle on your budget and enter it into the budgeter at Outline the initial guest list and enter it into the guest list manager at Interview candidates and book a full-service wedding planner (if you’re using one). Set up a website at Download our new planner app here.

9–11 MONTHS B  ook your ceremony and reception locations. C  hoose and book an officiant. Choose your wedding party (if you decide to have one). Also consider roles for other key people (ceremony readers, guest book attendants). S tart shopping for your attire. F inalize your guest list. S ettle on wedding colors and style. R  esearch stationers and choose one. Then select and order your save-the-dates. Pick a caterer and start thinking about the menu.

6–8 MONTHS P  lan out the ceremony with your officiant and discuss any requirements. R  esearch and book your florist, lighting designer, photographer, videographer, ceremony musicians, reception band or DJ, and cake baker. S end out your save-the-dates. If you’re wearing a gown and veil, order them now. If any of your attendants are wearing dresses, choose the dresses and let them all know, so they can order them and schedule fittings. F inalize and order your invitations.

4–5 MONTHS F inalize your flower proposal with your florist. B  ook a room for your wedding night. B  ook your honeymoon flights and hotels. D  ecide on formalwear for you or anyone in your bridal party who will be wearing it. Address invites or bring them to the calligrapher.

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2–3 MONTHS Shop for and buy your wedding rings. Decide on favors. Order or start making them. Work on your vows (if you’re writing them). Attend food tastings and finalize the menus.  Finalize any wedding accessories you plan to wear. Send out your wedding invitations at the six-to-eight-week mark.

1 MONTH Create a day-of schedule to time out all of the details (hour by hour). Finalize the ceremony details and lineup. Schedule a follow-up meeting with your officiant to go over final details the week before. Order or prepare welcome bags to place in out-of-town guests’ hotel rooms.

1–2 WEEKS

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Follow up with any guests who have not yet returned their response cards. Create the seating chart and give it to your caterer, site manager, planner and photographer. Give your caterer the final head count. Include your wedding pros, such as band members and the photographer, who will expect a meal. Confirm all final details with all your vendors. Apply for your marriage license together.

2–3 DAYS Arrange and confirm transportation to the airport for your honeymoon.

I f your caterer or planner will be arranging the escort cards, place cards, menus, favors and/or the guest book, hand them off to him or her. G  ive your photographer a must-shoot list. D  eliver welcome bags to the hotel. R  econfirm that the florist received your (correct) flower order and knows where and when the flowers should be delivered.

DAY BEFORE B  ring ceremony accessories/décor to the site. R  ehearse ceremony and attend rehearsal dinner.

DAY OF P  resent parents (and each other) with gifts. Give an attendant an envelope with the officiant’s fee, to be handed off after the ceremony.

AFTER Send out thank-you notes as soon as possible. S end each of your vendors a thank-you note and review them on . S  end us your photos!


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etiquette q&A

ask carley

Our cofounder answers your questions.

money matters Q So we were wondering—who pays? A Good question! In straight weddings, tradition calls for the bride’s family to pick up the ceremony and reception tab, while the groom’s hosts the rehearsal dinner. But even that’s changing, and more couples are footing the bill or sharing the costs in a variety of ways. Modern-day weddings no longer have set rules, so do what makes the most financial sense. Maybe you and your partner equally split the bill, or the one who makes more money takes a larger share. If your parents support your plans, ask if they’d like to contribute. Bottom line: Everyone involved should pay as much or as little as they’re comfortable with.

ring rules Q We bought each other rings awhile ago. Can we just use them to get married even though we’ve been wearing them for months?

A Exchanging some form of jewelry at your wedding is such a wonderful, symbolic gesture. If you’ve had

Q

engagement or commitment rings

My fiancé and I are struggling with what to do about our last name. We like the idea of sharing a last name, but we’re both unsure about giving up our own. Any ideas?

for a number of years and you don’t

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you have. But why not do something

It’s an entirely personal decision, but making your last names match is a great way to show off your new union to the world. There are several ways you can go about it without necessarily dropping your last name. Consider hyphenating your two last names and both take that new name; come up with a different last name using the letters from both of your names; or, another idea we love, just pick something that best represents your new family and both take it.

want to purchase new rings for sentimental or budgetary reasons, you can feel free to wear the ones special with them to commemorate your marriage? You could have them

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engraved with the wedding date or a A If most of your friends are mutual,

parental guidance

meaningful quote, or have a jeweler

it’s probably most practical to have

Q My parents don’t seem pleased with

add an extra stone. You might also

a couple’s shower so you avoid

our decision to get married, and I’m not

consider holding a ring warming,

duplicates on your guest lists. But

sure whether they want to come to the

where your rings are passed among

if you have mostly separate social

wedding. Should I invite them?

the wedding guests before or

circles, then why not each have your

A This is a really tough situation, and

during the ceremony, allowing each

own shower with a theme that fits

unfortunately, a common one. First,

person to give your marriage a silent your individual personalities? (By

don’t assume anything. Base your

blessing before you exchange the

the way, if you’re having a bachelor

decision on how comfortable you

rings with each other.

or bachelorette party, which more

are with your parents attending your

gay and lesbian couples are doing,

wedding, not on how comfortable

consider joining forces for a modern

you think they are with being there.

twist on the traditional last hurrah.)

If you really want them to attend,

aisle approach

Q Neither of us wants to meet the other at the altar during the ceremony. Do you have any nontraditional

invite them. Doing so lets them know

dress dilemma

that you want them present on your

suggestions for walking down the aisle? Q My partner is set on a white ball

special day, but it also shows them

A If your ceremony space has

gown. I, on the other hand, am not

you’re entirely confident making this

three aisles, you could walk down

quite as outwardly feminine. It’s not

commitment to your partner. That

opposite side aisles and meet at

that I don’t ever wear dresses; I’m just

might help your parents understand

the altar. Afterward, you can walk

most comfortable in a nice shirt and

how important the relationship is to

up the middle aisle together for the

pants. Should I wear a wedding dress

you, and give them some perspective

recessional. This also works well if

to match her or wear a suit instead?

on the meaning of this event. In the

you’re each having a family member

A The best rule of thumb when

end, if you still sense negativity,

or close friend escort you down the

deciding on wedding day attire is to

let them know that you appreciate

aisle. Other ideas: If your venue

wear what you feel most comfortable any support they can give, but that

allows for it, create a wider aisle to

in. We’re not talking jeans and a

accommodate four people and walk

T-shirt (this is your wedding day after comfortable coming. The last thing

down together, with each of your

all, so you want to make it special),

you want is for them to show up and

escorts, or create an alternative

but if you’re not generally the dress

spend the day miserable or make you

seating setup, like two facing U-

type, then don’t force yourself to

and your guests feel uncomfortable.

shaped rings, and walk in from

wear one. If you look good in a

different sides to meet in the center.

tailored suit, go for it. You could wear white and match your partner,

shower solution

or choose a different color to make a

Q We want to have a wedding shower, bolder statement. As long as you feel but we’re not sure how to approach it.

confident and like the best version

Should we have a joint party, or is it

of yourself, then you’ll know you’ve

best to have separate showers?

made the right choice.

you’ll understand if they don’t feel

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Todd Fiscus, the noted wedding and event planner (he’s designed events for everyone from Eli Manning to amfAR), shares what’s inspiring him right now.

1 blue-and-white porcelain

“I call myself a modernist, but I think I’m a true traditionalist at heart since I always fall back to the same things—antiqued mirror finishes, really nice velvet and, my absolute favorite, blue-and-white porcelain. You can never make a mistake with blue-and-white porcelain.”

2 upholstered chairs

4 dapper decanters

“I love using crystal decanters with monogrammed labels. It’s such an elegant way to present drinks (even soda—I hate to see Coke cans!) and makes it feel like every last detail has been well thought-out.”

5 the latest fashions

“Chiavari chairs have become such an industry standard, so it’s nice to do something different. Upholstered chairs look so fabulous around a dining table, if you have the room, at a big party.”

“Clothing can be a great jumping-off point for me—it can inspire a color story or even an entire aesthetic concept. I once built a whole event around a rich-looking embellished coat from Prada.”

3 black is back!

6 the color yellow

“Black fell out of favor for weddings for a long time, but now it’s making a comeback. It feels sophisticated again and no longer overdone. I especially love it when paired with gold and champagne, which gives it a warmer feeling.”

“I’m not sure why, but people tend to be afraid to use yellow for parties. But I love it. It’s one of those colors that’s just really lush, beautiful and pretty fabulous. It’s perfect for a spring event.”

check out Todd’s own wedding— a mega-luxe bash held in NYC on New Year’s Eve!

clockwise from top left: getty images (2); ira lippke studios; devon jarvis; imaxtree; genevieve de manio. fiscus: donna von bruEning photographer

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Steal nate’s style

Designer Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent just tied the knot in May. (They were the first same-sex couple to marry at the New York Public Library!) Check out their wedding décor—and then get the look.

white blooms

The pair chose white hydrangeas and ranunculus. “Weddings are an excuse to be brave with flowers, yet we still went monochromatic. Some habits are hard to break!” Nate says.

Nate recently wrapped up hosting NBC’s ‘American Dream Builders’

neutral & natural “I always go for a palette of black, white, cream and tan—it feels very clean and elegant.” They also brought in natural elements, like wood and succulents.

a high-low mix

“We used several pieces from my Target collection and fabrics from my line at Calico. It was amazing to step back in this gracious and historic room and see how it elevated every detail.”

get the look berkus wedding: genevieve de manio

2 Metal cage hurricane, Nate Berkus, from $17, Target.com 4 Gold mirrored decorative tray, Nate Berkus, $35,

1 Gold tortoise shell box, Nate Berkus, $20, Target.com

3 Gemcut 16-piece dinnerware set, Nate Berkus, $70,

5 Amin fabric in carbon, Nate Berkus Fabric, $50 per yard, CalicoCorners.com


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a perfect pair

Need help planning your aisle style? Let these runway-inspired ideas come to the rescue!

modern For a fresh and sophisticated look, pair a sleek, structured gown with a slightly slouchy (and sparkly!) pantsuit. Tie things together by choosing similar fabrics (think: silk or satin) and accessories with cool architectural details. Dress, Amsale; heels, $398, StuartWeitzman.com ; clutch, $75, TessHandbags.com ; earrings, $68, Ashley Schenkein, ASJewelryDesign.com

amsale: maria valentino/mcv photo

Pantsuit, Theia; oxfords, $49, SteveMadden.com; earrings, $88, AlexisRussell.com; watch, $295, MichaelKors.com


modern Sleek suits in cool shades of blue and gray make an ideal match for a city-chic affair. Add a shot of silver and some sharp-looking shoes, then mix in a few graphic patterns in complementary colors to polish off the look. Suit, Canali; pocket square, $75, Paul Smith, MRPORTER.com ; tie clip, $20, Pronto Uomo, MensWearhouse.com; boots, $348, KennethCole.com

berluti: imaxtree

Suit, Berluti; watch, $3,700, Baume-Et-Mercier.com; brogues, $595, AMI, MRPORTER.com; tie, $150, Burberry London, Nordstrom.com


what to wear

GLAM It’s your moment to shine in two glittering gowns. To make a stylish statement that’s not too over-thetop, try one that’s head-to-toe sparkle and another with just shimmery embellishments. Accessories with subtle sparkle won’t pull too much focus from the dresses. Beaded gown, Victor Harper Couture; bangle, $4,519, YaelDesigns.com ; clutch, $158, WhitingandDavisBags.com ; earrings, $140, Azaara.com Gown, Jenny Packham; shoes, $129, BetseyJohnson.com; hairpins, $240 for set of 3, ElizabethBower .com ; pendant necklace, $3,650, JHadleyJewelry.com

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RETRO Go ladylike in lace dresses with vintage-inspired silhouettes. Look for laces that complement one another (these both have a floral design). Then play up the flirty factor with sweet extras like a heart-shaped clutch or a floral headpiece. Dress, Encore; earrings, $75, ThomasLaine.com; ballet flats, $53, ASOS.com; headband, $40, Murmure, BHLDN.com Dress, Siri; earrings, $78, ElvaFields .com; sling-back heels, $229, Kate Spade, MyGlassSlipper.com; clutch, $210, Moyna, BHLDN.com

encore: kurt wilberding

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wedding cocktails

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rita’s beer This citrusy drink is named for lesbian author and activist Rita Mae Brown. 1 Muddle 4 lime wedges in a cocktail shaker until juice is extracted. 2 Add 1 oz. tequila (like Tequila Cabeza), ½ oz. Triple Sec, a splash of orange juice and ice and shake well. 3 Salt the rim of a glass. 4 Pour cocktail into the glass and top with Mexican beer (like Modelo Especial); garnish with a lime wheel.

the wilde cider Witty 19th-century writer Oscar Wilde would approve of this autumnal cocktail. 1 Shake 2 oz. light rum (such as Caña Brava), ½ oz. agave nectar and 1 oz. lemon juice vigorously in a cocktail shaker. 2 Strain into a wineglass with crushed ice; top with hard cider (Stolz likes Angry Orchard).

edie’s lemonade

Honor gay rights hero Edie Windsor with this warm and spicy pink drink. 1 Muddle 5 lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker. 2 Add 2 oz. vodka (like Tito’s Handmade), ½ oz. simple syrup and 1 tsp. cayenne pepper and shake for 20 seconds. 3 Strain over ice and garnish with a lemon wheel.

gin and ginny

from top: yunhee kim; fred marcus photography

sIGNATURE sips What’s a wedding without a fabulous drink or two? Raise a glass to each other, your guests and to gay pride with these crowd-pleasing cocktails inspired by iconic figures.

recipes by Lexi Stolz, owner of South Fork & Spoon (SouthForkandSpoon.com) and wedding designer—read about her wedding here

A take on Gordon’s Breakfast, inspired by feminist author Virginia Woolf. 1 Muddle 2 cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. 2 Add 1 ½ oz. gin (like Fords), ¾ oz. simple syrup, ½ oz. lemon juice and 3 dashes Tabasco. 3 Place lid on shaker and shake for at least 20 seconds. 4 Strain into a martini or coupe glass.

harvey’s milk

This spin on the traditional Pimm’s Cup honors the first openly gay politician. 1 Smash 1 sugar cube and muddle with 3 slices of cucumber, 1 mashed strawberry and 3 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. 2 Add 1 oz. lemon juice, ½ oz. vodka and 1½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 and shake hard over ice. 3 Pour into a collins glass, top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.


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real couples

love stories

Seven couples share the sweet moments that led them to “I do.”

emma & laura Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CT photograph by kelly prizel

emma’s story

laura’s story

After many attempts to find the ideal moment A month after Emma’s proposal, the pair traveled to on a hike in Costa Rica, Emma (right) still hadn’t Chicago, where Laura surprised Emma with a private proposed. “I had to beg Laura to go back, saying, aerial tour of the city. “I was unsure whether I’d be ‘We missed this waterfall I really want to see.’ ” When able to talk to her on the helicopter, so I gave her a they arrived, Emma gave her a fortune cookie locket proposal e-card I made,” says Laura. “She said, ‘yes,’ with a “Will you marry me?” note tucked inside. and we celebrated at dinner after we landed.”


eli & khary

Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach, FL photograph by kate botwinski photography After a fight over driving directions, Khary (left), a navigator in the US Air Force, yelled at Eli, “If you’re going to be married to a navigator you have to know how to navigate!” And Eli responded, “Well, I’m not married to a navigator!” They quickly made up, and the next morning Eli knew it was time. “I presented the ring and told him from this point on I could never use the ‘I’m not married to a navigator’ excuse,” Eli says.

christen & jaci Austin, TX photograph by erica nix/austin queer weddings On Christen’s (right) birthday, Jaci secretly arranged for a friend to take her to their local coffee shop where Jaci was hiding in the kitchen. “I had them write ‘Will You Marry Me?’ on her favorite pear pancakes and put the ring in the middle,” recalls Jaci. “She was so confused when she saw me but, of course, said a tearful ‘yes’ to my pancake proposal.”

nicole & jacqueline Los Feliz, Los Angeles

photograph by adrienne gunde photography After a full day of hiking and swimming in Honolulu, Jacqueline (left) and Nicole were in their hotel room getting ready for dinner at Nobu. “After some cajoling, I got Nicole out on the balcony,” says Jacqueline. “With the sun setting over the ocean, it was the perfect moment, so I grabbed the ring and gave my big speech.”


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josh & pat Miami Beach, FL

photograph by thompson photography

noa & ross

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY photograph by chellise michael photography While taking a walk on the High Line (an elevated park in NYC), Noa (left) kept stopping to pull out coolers he had hidden with an appetizer and a bottle of wine. In the last cooler, Ross found a ring on top of a mini-bottle of St-Germain, his favorite liqueur. “I looked up and Noa was already holding my hands in his. I went from shock to embarrassment to happiness to tears in a matter of minutes. It was all so quick,” Ross recalls.

On Christmas Day, Josh (right) gave Pat multiple gifts, including a ring wrapped in several boxes. In the second-to-last box, Pat found a card with a photo of them hugging and laughing in West Palm Beach and a message: “Because I want us to be this happy forever...will you please accept this ring?” “After he said yes I gave him the final gift—a bottle of champagne that we drank to celebrate,” Josh says.

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For Dan (right) and Evan, there was no need for an official proposal. Their engagement evolved as organically as their relationship had. “We reminisce today that we truly met each other at the perfect time in our lives,” says Dan. “Instead of rings, we got engaged with matching silver puzzle necklaces.”

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photograph by jarod knoten photography


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Ready for the ultimate inspiration? We gathered the best of the best same-sex weddings­from all across the country. From rustic chic to over-the-top glam—and everything in between—these gorgeous celebrations will help fuel your imagination.


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michael & rob june 15足 . petoskey, mi

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“We wanted the look of a casual summer garden party, with bright colors and tasteful accents.”

the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey, MI Photography & Videography Weber Photography Consultant Trenard Laurentis/Savvy Orchid Flowers Bloom Officiant Lizzy Lokken (friend) Attire Nordstrom Shoes Ferragamo Wedding Rings Boone & Sons Jewelers Attendants Women: Lilly Pulitzer; men: Nordstrom Invitations & Menu Cards Emily Smith Escort Cards Baldwin Graphics & Calligraphy Rentals Tableau Events Catering Stafford’s Perry Hotel Dessert Pies: Libby Davis Music Ceremony: Sunset Bridge Band; reception: Blue Waters Entertainment Favors Simply Sweet by Jessica Transportation & Accommodations Stafford’s Perry Hotel Honeymoon The Refuge, British Virgin Islands Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!

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4 The couple’s four female attendants held lush bunches of peonies wrapped in gingham ribbon. 5 It’s not preppy without Lilly Pulitzer! Her distinctive printed bow ties popped against Michael and Rob’s crisp white shirts. 6 A fun selection of cookies (how cute are those bow ties?) awaited guests to take home at the end of the celebration.

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best glam wedding

carla & margaret

september 22足 . west orange, nj planned by jenny orsini events photography by jeff tisman photography


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5 The couple treated all of their guests to full-size bottles of red wine. 6 “Our wedding was all about roses. When Carla and I had to spend a year living apart, we constantly sent roses to one another, so they were very meaningful,� Margaret says. 7 Both brides wore elegant ceremony gowns and then changed into more fun party dresses for the reception.

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“We wanted our wedding to exude romance, love, utter elegance and a luxurious, regal feeling.”

the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, NJ Photography Jeff Tisman Photography Videography PF Films Consultant Jenny Orsini Events Flowers A Touch of Elegance Officiant Rev. Richard Colonna Gowns Carla: Maggie Sottero & Jaehee Bridal, Jaehee Bridal Atelier, Englewood, NJ; Margaret: Claire Pettibone & Ian Stuart, Jaehee Bridal Atelier, Englewood, NJ Hair Paula Hair Designs Makeup Makeup by Tammy Shoes Carla: Benjamin Adams; Margaret: Christian Louboutin Wedding Rings Palace Diamond Center Attendants Women: Bijou Bridal; men: BLACK by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse Stationery Paperworks and Events Custom Runner The Original Runner Company Rentals Cloth Connection; Party Rental Ltd.; Something Different Party Rental; A Touch of Elegance; Wildflower Linen Catering Pleasantdale Chateau Cake Cakes by Stef! Music The Groove Shop; reception: LIME; after-party: DJ Alex Garcia; France Joli Favors Riverside Wine Merchants Honeymoon Fiji & Los Angeles Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!


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best tropical wedding

jesus & luis

august 19足 . maui, hi planned by first class weddings photography by trish barker photography


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5 Bottles of local soda from Waialua Soda Works guided guests to their tables. 6 Luis’s nephew carried the silver rings down the aisle on a personalized burlap pillow. 7 “We explored lots of options on Maui, but nothing compared with the spectacular views and the breathtaking grounds at the Sugarman Estate,” Jesus says. 7


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“We wanted all of the calming elements of being by the ocean—the sun, the smooth summer breeze—and to dance under a full moon!”

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Ceremony & Reception Site Honua Kai Lani (Sugarman Estate), Makena, Maui, HI Photography Trish Barker Photography Videography Merge Hawaii Consultant First Class Weddings Flowers Aloha Leis & Flower Design; Dellables Officiant Rev. Kahu Alalani Hill Attire Bloomingdale’s; Zara Shoes Zara Wedding Rings Zales Bracelets Pandora Stationery DIY Rentals Pacific Isle Rentals Catering Aloha Event Catering Cake Maui Wedding Cakes Music Ceremony: Wilmont Kahaialii; reception: DJ Boomshot Transportation Akina Aloha Tours; Chauffeured Services Accommodations Makena Beach & Golf Resort Registry TravelersJoy.com Honeymoon Hawaii Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding! 8

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jessie & kate

september 1 . park rapids, mn photography by emma freeman photography


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5 All of the meals were designed by Kate but cooked by two chef friends. “They did a fantastic job executing my vision—and they did it all in slow cookers and electric roaster ovens!” Kate says. 6 Guests got to pick their favorite mug or glass from a fun, mismatched selection. 7 As a nod to the couple’s home state, Kate wore a pendant in the shape of Minnesota.

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best use of yellow

eric & jeff

april 21足 . pacific palisades, ca event design by db creativity photography by b&g photography


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4 Square silver bases lent a masculine balance to the cheerful yellow and white blooms. 5 “I went to see the Bel-Air Bay Club and the decision made itself. The club was beautiful and perfectly located on a bluff above the Pacific Coast Highway overlooking the ocean,” Jeffrey says. 6 Sunflower-filled glass vases doubled as yarmulke holders. 7 Along with the butterfly, guests encountered ’20s-era performers—a cigarette girl handing out party favors and a newspaper photographer taking Polaroids. 7

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8 A color-coordinated candy bar delighted guests. 9 “We never wanted to stress throughout the planning or the day of. We made that a priority and stuck to it,” Jeffrey says.

Ceremony & Reception Site Bel-Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades, CA Photography Jen Berggren/B&G Photography Event Design & Flowers Dana Bresin/DB Creativity Officiant Rabbi J.B. Sacks Attire Hugo Boss, Los Angeles Shoes Hugo Boss Wedding Rings Harry Winston Attendants Various Invitations Miriam Reisman/ Printastik Escort Cards DB Creativity Catering Bel-Air Bay Club Music Ceremony: Subito Strings; reception: Hey Mister DJ Other Entertainment Way 2 Much Entertainment Dance Lessons Alysha Wheeler/A-Max Entertainment Favors Tamara Hensick Designs Accommodations Bel-Air Bay Club Registries Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel; Williams-Sonoma Honeymoon Maui, HI Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!


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best military wedding

makenna & yvonne september 15足 . guemes island, wa

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5 The wedding meal was self-catered by the newlyweds and all their guests. “I love cooking for people and wanted to share that experience with everyone,” Makenna says. 6 The centerpieces were composed of vintage finds like mason jars, old books and a wooden shoe last. 7 “‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ had recently been repealed, and for the first time in my career I was able to openly showcase two very big parts of my life—the military and my relationship. It meant a lot to get married in my uniform and be a role model for others,” Yvonne says.

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the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site Guemes Island Resort, Guemes Island, Washington Photography Erika Monaco Photography Flowers DIY Officiant Lauren Lopez (friend) Attire Wai-Ching, Seattle Hair Clara Senger; Maresah Rogers Makeup Maresah Rogers Veil Custom Fascinators The Honey Comb, Etsy.com Shoes Makenna: The White Ribbon, Etsy.com; Yvonne: Poetic License Wedding Rings Peter Rosen Jewelry Attendants Weddington Way; various Invitations WeddingPaperDivas.com Programs DIY Rentals Pacific Party Canopies; Seattle Farm Tables; Vintage Ambiance Catering DIY Cake Barb’s Pies & Pastries Music DIY Photo Booth Erika Monaco Photography Favors DIY Accommodations Guemes Island Resort Registry Etsy.com; Williams-Sonoma Honeymoon Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Seattle Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!

8 “We just knew the minute we started dating that this was it, and we were utterly thrilled to have found each other,” Makenna says. 9 A crafty friend hand knit Makenna’s mantilla-inspired veil.


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best blowout wedding bash

ceron & todd

december 31足 . new york city planned by todd events photography by donna von bruening photographer


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5 Todd’s friend and celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum officiated the ceremony in front of a flower wall that included 9,220 garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, sweet peas and lisianthus. 6 A custom sign-in book had hand-drawn illustrations of every couple attending the wedding as well as one of the newlyweds with their dog, Pippa the pug. 7 After an extravagant five-course dinner accompanied with Dom Perignon, Ceron and Todd’s ceremony began at 10:30 p.m. The couple wrote their own vows, but had each of their 13 groomswomen read a portion for them. 8 Low, tightly-packed arrangements allowed for unobstructed views—the modern glass-walled venue overlooked the city and the Hudson River. 7

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the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site The Glass Houses, New York City Rehearsal Dinner Site Morandi, New York City Honeymoon Send-Off Site Shun Lee West, New York City Photography Donna Von Bruening Photographer Videography Elysium Productions Event Design Todd Events Officiant Marcy Blum Attire Tom Ford Hair Ceron Salon Makeup LB Rosser Shoes Ceron: Jimmy Choo; Todd: Barneys New York Wedding Rings Cartier Attendants Various Stationery Color Box Design & Letterpress Escort Cards Laurie Harper Calligraphy Sign-In Book Choca Loca Designs; Kari Hancock Artistry Rentals Classic Party Rentals; La Tavola; Nicolas Villalba Couture Catering Peter Callahan Catering Cake Sylvia Weinstock Cakes Music Ceremony & dinner: Élan Artists; after-party: DJ Tyger Lilly Other Entertainment Dance the Ages; Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino Favors Ladurée Transportation Bermuda Limousine Accommodations The Carlyle Registry Neiman Marcus Honeymoon Thailand Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!

13 Drag queens in full geisha attire entertained at the couple’s Asian-themed honeymoon sendoff on New Year’s Day. 14 One of the last monograms of the weekend greeted guests at the send-off, which was held at a famous Chinese restaurant.

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andrea & grace august 10 . brooklyn, ny

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“We had no overarching theme or palette in mind other than colorful and fun, but it came together since we used all the things we love.”

the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY Photography Khaki Bedford Photography Day-Of Coordinator Katlin Tom (friend) Flowers DIY; bouquet & bout: Saffron Brooklyn Officiant Rev. Jeddah Vailakis Attire Andrea: Ceremony: Gary Graham; reception: Rebecca Taylor; Grace: Madewell Hair & Makeup Natasha Speth Shoes Andrea: Ferragamo; Grace: Dieppa Restrepo Headpiece David’s Bridal Wedding Rings Blanca Monrós Gómez Attendants Bow ties: Mrs Bowtie Stationery Illustrations: Keiko Broduer Illustration; design: PieterJan Mattan Sign-In Book Moleskin Rentals Broadway Party Rentals Catering Lonestar Empire Cake Make My Cake Other Desserts Doughnuts: Dough Music DJ Tony Bo Chan Favors DIY Accommodations Four Seasons Hotel New York Registry Mud Australia Honeymoon Paris

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8 Giant marquee letters lit up the end of the aisle. 9 A selection of doughnuts sat on a tree-stump stand handcrafted by a woodworker friend. 10 “One of our best friends created the menu to reflect our heritage: an Asian-inspired, Southern low-country roast and seafood boil, served family style,” Andrea says. 11 Self-proclaimed book nerds, the couple used library lending cards as place cards.


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dan & josh august 7足 . paris

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kristen & melissa

november 8足 . grand rapids, mi photography by bamphoto


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Ceremony & Reception Site Eve at the B.O.B., Grand Rapids, MI Photography Brittany Majka/BAMphoto Flowers J’s Fresh Flower Market Officiant Pamela Klusack/Matrimony and More Attire Kristen: Express; Melissa: private collection, Memories Bridal & Evening Wear, Kalamazoo, MI Hair & Makeup Cheeky Strut Shoes Kristen: Bostonian; Melissa: Benjamin Walk Wedding Rings Kristen: Helzberg Diamonds; Melissa: Kay Jewelers Jewelry Kristen: Rogers & Hollands Jewelers; Melissa: Givenchy Attendants Women: David’s Bridal; men: Memories Bridal & Evening Wear Stationery DIY Catering Gilmore Catering Cake MiraBella Confections Music Music Host Entertainment Favors Donation to Gift of Life Accommodations Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown Honeymoon Greece Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!


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december 13足 . new york city planned by Kelly McEvoy photography by weddings by two


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9 Billy asked his grandmother to make her famous cheesecake. “I grew up eating that delicious cake at every family event and couldn’t imagine having our day without it,” he says. 10 A commissioned illustrated portrait hung over the mantel during the ceremony.

Ceremony & Reception Site 632 on Hudson, New York City Photography Benjamin Fraser/Weddings By Two Videography Vladimir Weinstein Consultant Kelly McEvoy Flowers Prudence Beaman/Whole Foods Officiant Kyle Gregory (family member) Attire Club Monaco, New York City Hair Bumble and Bumble Makeup Angella Valentine Shoes Billy: Kenneth Cole; Pat: Grenson Wedding Rings Billy: heirloom; Pat: custom Attendants Jos. A. Bank; RenttheRunway.com Stationery Design: DIY; printing: Overnight Prints Catering Sips & Bites Cake & Cookies DIY Music DJ RuBot Photo Booth We Love Photobooths Favors DIY Accommodations The Standard High Line NYC Registry Fishs Eddy; Honeyfund.com; Sur la Table Honeymoon The Westin St. John Resort, USVI Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!


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coolest historic venue

gretchen & tyra march 30足 . new orleans

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4 “ Race & Religious (the venue) has all this cool furniture you can use however you like. Our altar was a table made out of an old door held up by a wrought-iron base,” Gretchen says. 5 Instead of a traditional cake, the brides set up a pretty display of cupcakes. 6 Each cupcake was topped with a chocolate fleur-de-lis, New Orlean’s signature symbol, and a tiny pennant. 7 “We chose ‘Lovely Day’ by Maroon 5 for our first dance, not because they’re our favorite band, but because that song says so much about our love,” Gretchen says.

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8 Guests added their fingerprints to create the balloons holding up the moon on the brides’ custom sign-in board. 9 The couple worked their color scheme into their looks. Gretchen wore purple, peep-toe shoes while Tyra accented her gown with a purple sash. 8

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hen DOMA was struck down a year and a half after their civil union in Chicago, Kevin Weinstein (42 and a wedding photographer; above, right) and Ryan Sabin (36 and an inventory control specialist at Apple) finally had the chance to get what they always dreamed of: a federally recognized wedding. The pair flew back to Kevin’s hometown of San Francisco for a simple city hall ceremony that focused on what mattered most to the couple—getting married. 1 Since they wore formal suits for their civil union, the couple opted for dark jeans and blazers (and one jaunty fedora!) for a more laid-back, city-chic look. 2 “We were both so nervous filling out the paperwork. Even though we had been through that process in Chicago, this was the real thing!” Kevin recalls. 3 “The kiss in Chicago was incredible, and so was this one, but it had a different meaning for sure,” says Kevin. “The historic significance of the moment flooded both of us with such gratitude.”


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“Low-key city hall ceremony.”

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4 Kevin and Ryan spent the afternoon taking photos at iconic spots like The Castro, Twin Peaks and the beach near Golden Gate Bridge. “I was so excited to not only finally get legally married, but also to be back in my hometown,” Kevin says. 5 After the ceremony, the intimate group went for a celebratory lunch at a nearby restaurant. 6 Each groom designed his own ring so it would feel unique, but they both used rose gold and black diamonds as a unifying link.


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june 15足 . bridgehampton, ny

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5 Mix-and-match chairs surrounded long farm tables that were covered in interesting textures—silk runners, gold-rimmed china, etched glass and lush blooms. 6 “My heart smiled the second I saw her. I knew from that moment she would be in my life,” says Lexi of the first time she met Kim in a Hamptons dive bar. 7 After the wedding, Kim’s parents began mailing the guest book postcards to the couple a few at a time. “It’s such a fun surprise each time we get some,” Lexi says 8 The newlyweds shared a first dance with their moms.


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9 Mini artisanal ice cream cups came in fun flavors like HeartBreaker espresso with spicy chocolate cookie dough. 10 The couple stole a private moment together postceremony. 11 Mirrored cocktail tables and vintage upholstered couches dressed up the lounge area. 12 Rainbow flags flew on top of the sailcloth reception tent.


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april 27足 . new york city planned by 14 Stories photography by hayden phoenix, destination wedding photographer and david alexander for roey yohai photography


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eannie Chung (33 and a lawyer; right) and Lisa Rothman (31 and a doctor) gave their florist free rein— along with a photo they loved of a wedding that used cherry blossoms—and the results were spectacular. Their floral-filled affair at a downtown NYC hotel bloomed with an extravagant huppah and lofty centerpieces. 1 Both brides carried a vibrant mix of wildflowers and peonies. 2 Graphic save-thedates introduced the city-inspired motif that appeared on all of the paper elements. “Some of our happiest memories have been sitting on our roof deck looking out at all the water towers that dot the skyline near us. Our stationer used that as the starting point,” Jeannie says. 3 Jeannie accessorized her chiffon dress with a brooch from a flea market. Lisa had a tailor add a sequin appliqué to the front of her mermaid gown.


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“Enchanted garden with an urban flair.”

the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site The Bowery Hotel, New York City Photography Hayden Phoenix, Destination Wedding Photographer; David Alexander/Roey Yohai Photography Consultant 14 Stories Flowers Fleurs NYC Officiant Bob Greifinger (Lisa’s cousin) Gowns Jenny Yoo, New York City Hair & Makeup Natasha Leibel Shoes Jeannie: BHLDN.com; Lisa: Cole Haan Wedding Rings & Earrings Michael F. & Co. Invitations Swayspace Catering Gemma at The Bowery Hotel Dessert Wafels & Dinges Music Scratch Weddings Photo Booth We Love Photobooths Registry MoMA; Sur la Table; Williams-Sonoma Honeymoon Italy & France Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!

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october 26足 . glen ellen, ca planned by julie atwood events photography by michelle walker photography


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5 Guests dined in the ranch’s beautiful two-level barn at two long farm tables. Heavy linen runners, greenery arranged in recycled barnwood troughs, and hay bales all added to the rustic charm. 6 The ultimate fall-inspired boutonniere? Foraged autumn foliage wrapped in twine. 7 A welcome wagon was decked out with vintage oil and gas cans, glowing luminaries and pitchers of lemonade and iced tea.


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kyle & tommy october 12 . boston

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usic has been a part of many of Tommy Barth (25 and in human resources; left) and Kyle Piers’s (26 and a research biochemist) big relationship moments. The pair met when Kyle saw Tommy perform in a college musical, and four and a half years later, Kyle proposed with the help of Tommy’s college a capella group. So it came as no surprise that a year and half after that, the couple would fill their contemporary wedding with plenty of new musical memories. 1 In keeping with the day’s modern aesthetic, the grooms donned sleek navy suits. 2 An orange calla lily and a fiddlehead fern lent a fanciful touch to their lapels. 3 Tommy arranged all the ceremony music, including the pre-processional piece, which they playfully named the “Homo Matrimony Suite.”

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8 After taking lessons for two months, Tommy and Kyle performed a waltz for their first dance. 9 A modern gallery wall in the hallway leading to the ceremony displayed photos from the couple’s engagement shoot. 10 Thanks to an expert DJ and colorful LED foam sticks, the last half of the reception took on a club vibe. “Of all the compliments we got, our amazing DJ was by far the most mentioned,” Kyle says.

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“A chic, clean and contemporary aesthetic that emphasized the beauty of our Boston backdrop.”

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kat & meredith

september 13足 . fayetteville, ar photography by megan burges photography


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eredith Hendrix’s (25 and a circulation assistant at a college library; right) parents may have refused to attend her wedding to Kat Jackson (26 and a warehouse manager for Shumaker PDT), but she’d soon find out they had more support than she could have ever imagined. When the newlyweds posted photos of their day on Tumblr, they received an outpouring of love as more than 60,000 people left positive comments and liked and reposted the images. One look at their beautiful, book-themed nuptials and it’s not hard to see why. 1 Kat and Meredith exchanged vows under a huge trellis covered in grape vines. 2 A selection of the couple’s favorite literary quotes (and a few David Bowie lyrics!) wrapped around the buttercream cake. 3 The rings were tucked into a Harry Potter book, right next to the chapter “The Unbreakable Vow.” 3

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the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site The Garden Room, Fayetteville, AR Photography Megan Burges Photography Videography Carl Heyl (family friend) Flowers DIY Officiant Lisa Bohn Attire Kat: Dillard’s; JCPenney; White House Black Market; Meredith: Alfred Angelo Veil Staci Bell/If Autumn Ends Shoes Kat: Call It Spring; Meredith: Poetic License Wedding Rings Zales Jewelry Francesca’s Attendants Various Stationery DIY Lighting Shumaker PDT Catering The Garden Room Cake Rick’s Bakery Favors BooksbytheFoot.com Registry Amazon .com; Bed Bath & Beyond; Honeymoon The Lookout Lodge, Eureka Springs, AR Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!


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jimmy & kurt

may 18足 . new york city planned by cps events at the plaza photography by brian dorsey studios


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othing exudes timeless elegance like The Plaza, making it the perfect match for Jimmy Serrano (27 and Program Manager, Global Talent Acquisitions for Amazon; right) and Kurt Roggin’s (41 and Head of Human Resources for Biogen Idec-USA) formal affair. To play off the aesthetics of the historic hotel, they chose a classic black, white, ivory and gold palette and complemented the space with lush white flowers, soft candlelight and gold-rimmed china. Topping things off: a sky-high cake. 1 The couple picked classic Cartier Love rings. 2 Escort cards were tucked into small elegant envelopes. 3 “We let our ‘groomsmaids’ and men choose their own evening gowns and tuxedos. We told them all to dress like they were going to the Oscars,” Kurt says. 4 The Plaza’s lofty, opulent rooms called for expansive floral arrangements.


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“Classic, timeless and elegant.”

the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site The Plaza, New York City Photography Brian Dorsey Studios Videography New York Film Works Planner Emily Reifel/CPS Events at The Plaza Flowers Belle Fleur Officiant Sue Wit (Kurt’s mother) & Lisa Traina Attire Jimmy: Tom Ford, Neiman Marcus; Kurt: Giorgio Armani Black Label, Neiman Marcus Hair WarrenTricomi Shoes Ferragamo Wedding Rings Cartier Attendants Various Stationery Connor Rentals & Catering CPS Events at The Plaza Cake Sylvia Weinstock Cakes Music Hank Lane Entertainment; cocktail hour: Cantaloupe Music Productions Favors Eleni’s New York; Flair Designery Accommodations New York Park Lane Honeymoon Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!

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the visionaries Ceremony & Reception Site Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY Photography Storytellers & Co. Consultant Shana Sperling Events Flowers Peartree Officiant Kaia Stern Attire Anja: Suzanne Neville, vintage fur stole; Kellye: Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers Shoes Anja: Jimmy Choo; Kellye: Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers Wedding Rings Tiffany & Co. Attendants Women: Amsale; men: various Rentals, Catering & Cake Charles Sally Charles Music The Neil Scott Johnson Band; after-party: Beast Honeymoon St. John, USVI Want to be included in next year’s issue? Share your wedding!


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best backyard wedding

carol & jillion august 31足 . danville, il

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7 Jillion’s stepmom made a small Italian cream cake just for the bridal party. “It was out of this world,” Carol says. 8 A sweet display of glass canisters held nuts, chips and pretzels for guests to snack on throughout the afternoon. A chalkboard sign invited them to “Help yourself...seriously, go nuts!” 9 Friends of the couple sang a rendition of “Drive By” by Train as the last song of the night.


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These five idyllic destinations all have two things in common—they’re gay friendly and make for the perfect newlywed retreat. Historic buildings line the square in Gamla stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.

best for culture buffs

Why it’s hot If you want an urban destination with a pastoral soul, look no further than Stockholm. Often considered one of the most gayfriendly cities in the world, the capital of Scandinavia is brimming with art, culture and fashion alongside beautiful waterfronts and a serene countryside. Plus, Swedes love their coffee breaks (called fika), so you can stay energized for all the sightseeing.

WHERE TO STAY Where else are you going to stay in Sweden but at The Rival Hotel, owned by ABBA band member Benny Andersson? With Egyptian cotton sheets and breakfast in bed served around the clock you may never want to leave your colorful room, but when you finally venture out, you’ll be steps from SoFo, a bohemian district full of shops, cafés and galleries (from $250, Rival.se).

WHAT TO DO Head underground to tour the Stockholm Metro (subway system), which is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit—there are sculptures, mosaics, paintings, reliefs and installations in 90 of the 110 stations! When it’s time to resurface, go grab drinks and some rays at Mälarpaviljongen, an open-air, floating bar and restaurant that’s located on the island of Kungsholmen.

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Hop on a helicopter tour to get a bird’s-eye view of Iguazú Falls.

puerto iguazú, argentina Why it’s hot Situated in northeast Argentina, Puerto Iguazú is the site of the Iguazú Falls, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Neither of you will ever forget the moment you lay eyes on the magnificent falls, which create a natural border between Argentina and Brazil. Bonus: Buenos Aires is only a 90-minute flight south, so plan a side trip to get your tango on!

a cabaret show at Café Magic (from $250, IguazuGrand.com). WHAT TO DO For the most complete experience, tour the falls on both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. Get up close and personal with the thundering water and local wildlife— there’s over 400 bird species alone!— on a boat tour, hike through twisting trails with unbeatable vistas, or arrange a canopy tour to explore the surrounding subtropical rain forest.

also comes with a uniquely fun spirit and has a passion for hosting all kinds of cool festivals that are perfect for celebrating honeymooners. WHERE TO STAY Located in the heart of Le Village, Montreal’s famous gay district Sir Montcalm blends oldworld charm with modern design and details. Book the trendy loft suite at this intimate B&B (there are only five rooms total) and share morning croissants on the balcony overlooking the lush courtyard (from $165, SirMontcalm.com). C’est magnifique!

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WHAT TO DO By day, pick up some crusty bread, cheese and other French picnic fare at Jean-Talon, an indoor WHERE TO STAY The posh Iguazú farmers market, and wile away the Grand Resort Spa & Casino is the only afternoon on a blanket at one of the full-service resort on the Argentinean city’s scenic parks. Then spend the side of Iguazú. Beyond the 15 acres of Why it’s hot Talk about a joie de evening soaking up a magical view gardens and waterfalls, enjoy a dip in vivre. North America’s answer to of the Old Port as you cruise along one of three pools before indulging in Paris has all the allure of a sexy French on the glass-roofed Bateau-Mouche. Argentinean barbecue at the hotel’s retreat­—minus the long-haul flight and Dinner sailings with live entertainment are offered (BateauMouche.ca). expense, of course! The historic city restaurant, La Terraza, and taking in

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Don’t miss the Floating Market, one of Curaçao’s most famous and picture-perfect sights.

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Why It’s Hot This eclectic, culturerich Dutch Caribbean island is known for its laid-back “live and let live” philosophy, making it a welcome spot for gay couples. Plus, it’s just about hurricane free, has amazing diving, and Willemstad, its charming capital city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Where to Stay Floris Suite Hotel, a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (Curaçao has 11 members—one of the highest in the Caribbean), will warmly welcome you at their chic, boutique hotel. It’s also home to Sjalotte, one of the best restaurants on the island, and the Rainbow Lounge, a prime place to meet and mingle with the locals (from $99, FlorisSuiteHotel.com).

What to Do Explore Curaçao’s world-famous underwater life in the Curasub, a sleek mini-submarine that takes you down to 1,000 feet below the sea’s surface to view gorgeous coral, shipwrecks and exotic fish.

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napa valley, california Why it’s hot With around 400 wineries, picturesque Napa is a wine lover’s dream come true. Whether you’re wine connoisseurs or vino virgins, you’ll enjoy meandering through the breathtaking vineyards, funky farmhouses and charming wine cellars, while sipping full-bodied cabernets on a tour. WHERE TO STAY Relax in a lavish king-size bed at Milliken Creek Inn &

Spa, a luxe 12-room boutique property surrounded by vineyards. After stopping by the hotel’s Magic Hour to sample local wines and cheeses, head up to your room for a soak in your oversize hydrotherapy tub (from $295, MillikenCreekInn.com). WHAT TO DO Hop aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for an unforgettable moveable feast. On the three-hour tour through the bucolic countryside, you’ll dine on gourmet dishes like hazelnutencrusted Petrale sole and, of course, drink plenty of wine (WineTrain .com). Need a pinot break? De-stress in Calistoga’s mud baths or hot springs.

7 spots to skip Cross these not-so-friendly destinations off your travel list.

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celebration of our love for each other as it was a celebration of a new world of increasing social acceptance, which our boys will get to grow up in.

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Gay Weddings from The Knot 2014 I Edition 2  

The ultimate guide to planning LGBTQ weddings from The Knot—America’s authority on all things weddings.

Gay Weddings from The Knot 2014 I Edition 2  

The ultimate guide to planning LGBTQ weddings from The Knot—America’s authority on all things weddings.