From Love Exile to legal wedded bliss: get your hankies out for this wedding #Real Weddings: Southern US#blue hair#bride in pants#couples of color#getting weddinged#lesbian weddings#LGBTQ#mohawk#short hair#tattooed bride#virginia November 16 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos by: Turner Photography Studio Photos by Turner Photography Studio Tamara and Leriche had a fated meeting in a nightclub in Washington, D.C where they both professed how beautiful the other was on first sight — they each argue that they said it first! They both left with a number on a napkin, the rest was history. (Herstory?) However, without being able to get married in a country without legal spousal rights, it wasn’t an easy road for these two. For five years, Tamara proposed to Leriche via email every single day. Eventually, Tamara became a Love Exile in South Africa, which allowed Leriche to join her as a legal immigrant. It was in the kitchen of their flat where they got legally married, just between the two of them and their two witnesses. Their dream of having a ceremony at home finally came true when Virginia passed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. Their U.S. getting-wedded ceremony was just about four years after they had their legal ceremony. Vendors Photography: Turner Photography Studio Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Impress their asses off: 5 tips for hosting out-of-town wedding guests in your home NEXT Open thread: What were your favorite wedding gifts? Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Why are there no comments?? This wedding is amazing! Also I LOVE the Bride Hat. 3 agree Reply Everyone's too busy drooling! 2 agree Reply That hair is AMAZING, OMG!! 2 agree Reply you all look so happy and both of you are stunning. 2 agree Reply Gah! I was just talking about veil options with my suit-wearing fiancee'. That hat/ veil is AMAZING. 1 agrees Reply Who did your henna? It's gorgeous! I'm trying to find someone to do henna for my wedding. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.