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Shannon & Brent

Who proposed to whom? Brent proposed to me.

How did you get engaged? We had been happily living in sin together for two years and we were packing for a January weekend away at our favorite little hotel in Philadelphia. He was acting so oddly, I could see him perspiring a little bit on his face, pacing around our bedroom and I thought, Hmmmmmmmm, something is up. I was in our closet grabbing clothes to pack and I turned around to put them in my bag, and he was standing right behind me. He said, I can’t wait until we get to Philadelphia, I wanted everything to be perfect, but I can’t wait. I’m sorry. He pulled out a little vintage ring holder from his pocket, opened it up… and said, I love you, will you marry me? And of course, I said yes. Standing in our little closet, in our little bedroom, in our little house, it was perfect.

Wedding date? June 10, 2017

Venue? Sombrero Beach, Marathon Key, Florida

Coordinator? Moi

Catering? We had dinner reservations for two after our ceremony at the Butterfly Cafe on Marathon Key.

Cake? No thank you. Key Lime Pie!


Photographer? Oh we chose a cute, quirky couple that took all of the pictures

DJ? No DJ, we were serenaded by ocean waves, the island wind, seagulls… and some little boy chasing after an eel swimming around in the reef just off to our right.

Florist? Me again! I decided that I would make my own bouquet out of crepe paper flowers.

Hair/Makeup? Me: Thanks to mother nature I had some fresh sunshine on my face, a few loose curls and mascara and done. He: Thanks to poor judgement with head protection and the sun, he was sporting a mean tan line.

Anything else you’d like to say?
A little history of us. We met when we were in 2nd grade. We graduated high school together in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. He driving his 1989 Trans Am and sporting a moustache, that could be mistaken for a dirty lip and I with my acid washed jeans and hair lacquered half way up to Jesus. Yes, my friends, it was 1990. We never dated in high school, he hung out with much cooler people (upperclassmen) than I. He had no time for me, and even hung out with my older brother! Ahhh unrequited love. He reconnected with me in 2010 through the magic of Facebook. I was in the Navy in Virginia Beach and he was living in Pennsylvania, we were both newly divorced. He sent a message to me and I thought Go pound sand buddy, you lost your chance a long time ago. But he wore me down and I decided it wouldn’t hurt to be friendly. Besides, it was more than a little flattering that he was interested in me. But I was busy finding myself again after my divorce and wasn’t interested in any sort of relationship. So, we were just friends for a few years and dated other people. I finally retired from the Navy in 2012 and moved to New York to be near family and to figure out the next chapter of my life, about 3 hours away from Brent in Pennsylvania. We were still friends, communicating through text messages… eventually that turned into phone conversations that started lasting longer and longer each time we talked. We eventually decided that he would come visit me in New York, so he drove up to visit me early in January 2013. He stepped out of his car, thankfully not the 1989 Trans Am, and it was the first time we had seen each other since we had graduated in 1990. We spent the day together driving around the area where I was living, visited with my parents, and we went out to eat – our first date.  When he left the next day, we knew that was it. I knew I had finally met the person who set my soul on fire and made me feel deep comfort all at once, this was the love I had hoped for all my life. And he felt the same way. Yippeeeeeeee! I moved to Pennsylvania the following month to go back to school for Graphic Design and to live happily, in sin, ever after. 🙂

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Seaside Wedding: Michael & Barry

Michael & Barry were married on August 6, 2016 at Gearhart Beach, Oregon.

Who proposed to whom? I Proposed to Barry

How did you get engaged? We went on a 4 day cruise through the San Juan Islands with friends for Barry’s birthday and in the sculpture garden in Roche Harbor, on San Juan Island, the question was popped.

Wedding date? August 6, 2016

Venue? Reception: McMenamins Gearhart Hotel, Wedding: Gearhart Beach, Oregon

Coordinator? Amanda Wolf

Catering? Gearhart Hotel

Cake? Laurie Clarke Cakes

Cake Topper? Sammy’s Flowers

Photographer? Donny Mays Photography

DJ? Spencer Crum

Florist? Sammy’s Flowers (

Hair/Makeup? We are naturally that beautiful (none needed) LOL

Macaroons? Didn’t have any

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Olive Garden Proposal – Glory & Bridget

I love these three! We met Glory & Bridget when we were living in Portland, OR. Truly amazing people.

Bridge proposed to me at an Italian restaurant in 2003. Nothing elaborate, I was surprised with a beautiful ring sitting in my cheesecake after our meal. We finally got married on 11/1/14 at the county court house. We went to a yummy Mexican dinner and drinks with our closest friends after. 

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Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding: Alexis & Lisa

Alexis and Lisa were married on February 20, 2016 at Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California.

Who proposed to whom? I, Alexis, proposed to Lisa.

How did you get engaged? I had a hotel room, lined the entrance with candles and in the room had 25 balloons with reasons why I love her attached to the bottom of each one. The ring was in a big gift box and when she opened it I took it and proposed.

Wedding date? February 20, 2016

Venue? Santa Margarita Ranch

Coordinator? We coordinated and planned our wedding.

Catering? Dickies BBQ

Cake? Sea breeze cupcakes

Photographer? Nadine Solwick of Cheetah Photography

DJ? DJ Brian Solwick – DJ Cheetah

Florist? Bought and put together our own flowers and centerpieces.

Hair/Makeup? Hair and make up was done by Lisa’s sister Amy Friesen and our friend Ruby Rodriguez.

This was a totally DIY wedding. We loved planning, building, and decorating everything. We would do it all over again if we could! – Alexis

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Lovers Point Wedding: Mark & Skip

Mark and Skip were married on April 16th, 2016 at Lover’s Point park in Pacific Grove. The reception was held at the Robert John House built in 1907.

VenueLove’s Point Park

Event PlannerErin Wareham

CakeFreedom Bakery and Confections


Photographer – Family Friend Amy

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Strawberry Farms Golf Club Wedding: Samantha & Austin

Samantha and Austin were married on March 26, 2016 at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, California.

Who proposed to whom? Austin proposed to me!

How did you get engaged? Austin proposed on May 2, 2015 at The Montage resort in Laguna Beach. Earlier in the week, Austin’s mom texted me along with Austin and his siblings, inviting us to a surprise cocktail party for Austin’s aunt. This event turned out to be completely fake! Austin and I showed up “early” and decided to walk around the resort. Austin had been to the resort before so he wanted to show me a beautiful spot on the property. When we sat down at a bench with an amazing ocean view at the end of the resort grounds, we chatted for a while about nothing in particular. Austin then told me that he loved me and that I was his best friend. It was sweet but not unusual so our conversation continued. After he said it TWO MORE TIMES, he finally stood up and got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I cried hysterically and said “what?!” over and over before finally saying yes. He surprised me again by revealing that both of our families and closest friends were there to celebrate with us. Shortly after, Austin was then surprised by his twin brother who had planned a much larger surprise engagement party back at their house!!

Wedding date? March 26, 2016

Venue? Strawberry Farms Golf Club

Coordinator? In Focus Events

Catering? Strawberry Farms Golf Club

Cake? Simply Sweet Cakery

Cake Topper? Taylor Street Favors

Photographer? Analisa Joy Photography

DJ? Ovation Entertainment

Florist? The Bloom of Time

Hair/Makeup? Unique and Flawless

Macarons? Piipa Cakes

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Joshua Tree Wedding: Jeremy & John

Jeremy Constantine Lucido + John Constantine Lucido were married on May 2nd, 2015 at Sacred Sands in Joshua Tree, California.

First Dance.

Who proposed to whom? I proposed to John.

How did you get engaged? After 9 months of falling in love, new experiences, meeting friends and family, and planning the names of our future children, I asked John to marry me. I took John to Joshua Tree, CA to “take photos” for my magazine. After the photo shoot, I handed John my camera to take a look at the photos and as John scrolled through, he found a photo with the question and ring:

“John, Will you marry me?” -Jeremy

John said yes.

Wedding date? May 2nd, 2015

Venue?Sacred Sands

Catering?Soho Taco

Cake?Bring Me Sugar

Grooms Suits?Topshop

Grooms Shoes? – Stacy Adams

Boutonnieres?EUCCA Floral Studio

Photography? – Gabe Ayala

Stationary?John Constantine Design

Succulents?Haus of Cactus

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Kylie & Michele | Destination LGBT Wedding Photographer | Memoire | South Africa

One of my favorite photographers – Lauren Barkume. I love to see what she has been up to. Check out this photograph of the flower wall for a styled wedding photoshoot at Memoire in Johannesburg. Beautiful.

Lauren Barkume Photography

I’m in love with this photo of Michele and Kylie from a same-sex styled lesbian wedding photoshoot at Memoire in Johannesburg. The flower wall is likely a first in South Africa, created with entirely live flowers by Zavion Kotze Events Company.

Michele & Kylie| South Africa | Johannesburg | Destination LGBT Wedding Photography Floral Wall: Zavion Kotze Events Company Hair & make up: Venita Pottas | Anelda Janse Van Rensburg Dresses: Enzoani Styling: Zavion Kotze Venue: MEMOIRE wedding and function venue, Muldersdrift Models: Michele Mulder & Kylie Costopoulous Michele & Kylie| South Africa | Johannesburg | Destination LGBT Wedding Photography
Floral Wall: Zavion Kotze Events Company
Hair & make up: Venita Pottas | Anelda Janse Van Rensburg
Dresses: Enzoani
Styling: Zavion Kotze
Venue: MEMOIRE wedding and function venue, Muldersdrift
Models: Michele Mulder & Kylie Costopoulous

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Riette & Thereza | LGBT Engagement | Magaliesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Check out these amazing photos of Riette & Thereza by Lauren Barkume Photography.

Lauren Barkume Photography

I had the pleasure of meeting Riette and Thereza when they contacted me about photographing their wedding.

Riette & Thereza are a happy and down to earth couple. They love the outdoors and their three dogs. Thereza proposed to Riette 2 years ago while they were on holiday at the coast. Thereza hid the ring in the sand for Riette to find as the searched for crabs together on the beach.

Riette lives in Pretoria, South Africa and Thereza is in Iraq, so wedding planning has been a unique challenge. This month has been packed with wedding meetings while Thereza has been home. I had a chance to photograph the two of them recently for a engagement photoshoot.

We planned three looks for this half day photo-shoot, all set in the beautiful bushveld of the Magaliesburg mountains at B’Sorah Luxury Tented Camp outside Johannesburg, South Africa. We started with a champagne picnic under the trees set…

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