This wedding was a long time in coming for Jace and Michael — they met on their school bus in 1997! And wow: do they look positively elated to be together or what? The couple celebrated their City Hall marriage with bow ties that matched each other's and Doc Martens that matched everyone else's. The iconic shoes are only a fraction of the familial togetherness that radiates in these photos: check out Jace painting a kid's nails, the family picnic after the ceremony (for which the couple showed off their cooking skills), and the most tender-hearted hugs I think I've ever seen.
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This bride owns one of our most favorite dress design companies, KMKDesigns, so you won't be too surprised to see that her own dress is nothing less than magnificent. But you'll also be swept away by the other handmade fashions, nom-worthy cupcakes, the jail tour, and the totally sweet "high school prom" first dance.
Wow, it's been an amazing couple of weeks since our surprise elopement! Now I'm ready to download on the whole experience of eloping for my own piece of mind, and hopefully to help others considering it! Here are the eight lessons I learned from our elopement…
Cullie and Chris recently eloped at the Beverly Hills Courthouse with a celebration that placed a lot of emphasis on YELLOW and we're talking everything from the groom's tie to the bride's roses and carnations! Chris is a collector of graffiti art, and after the ceremony the couple wandered around West Hollywood to take photos against many of the area's fantastically-colored walls.
A wintry wedding in Paris with ice skating in the Grand Palais? Can you even stand it? Well, get ready for even more shivers and giggles when you hear how they started off their end-of-vows kiss, how the groom enthused about the joys of marriage (oh, and how he consented to being married!). There are origami cranes, gorgeous Parisian views, and the sweetest little couple ever.
You might remember Meghan and Anne's super fun log-cabin bagpipe-y wedding from a few years ago. And although they totally respected their wedding as, well, their wedding, they also wanted to take advantage of the benefits of getting legalled! So, right after the San Francisco Pride Parade in June, after they had finished playing with their bagpipe band, they headed over to City Hall to do the deed in all their parade finery.
This little registry office wedding in Manchester is chock full of cute references to how the pair met (Twitter!) and their sci-fi favorites. Plus, it's totally a testament to the bride's DIY skills — she made her own short and vintage-inspired dress! Here's the game: find their Thunder Cats reference, Transformers detail, her something blue, and their invitation envelope quote, and you win!
Ok, so we've long been fans of the concept of "getting weddinged," the act of having a wedding after you're already legally married. But one of our twitter followers @ayahthetiger recently asked us, what do you call it when (thanks to the shifting marriage equality laws), couples do the reverse? If you've already had the non-legal wedding ceremony, what do you call it when you head down to the courthouse to make it official?
The best thing we could come up with was GETTING LEGALLED.
It's May Day, you guys, or International Workers Day, which celebrates the labor movement. So it's mighty appropriate that the Occupy Movement makes a cameo in Kate and Yong's city hall wedding in Philadelphia. Also likely to inspire the drools: a hot pink dress, a dapper groom with match-y tie, and a sweet pooch companion (Ralphie!) for the photo shoot.
This wedding has amazing details like bird-inspired decor, red and black-clad bridesmaids, and the groom's dad's band. But not everything went as expected, in particular the "poo scrotum" favors. You read that right. Sometimes last-minute additions can become hilarious surprises.
This week we're celebrating intimate weddings with destination elopements, cozy city hall vows, and private romantic ceremonies. It's the warm fuzzies on a smaller scale. Today we've got Lauren and Gretchen, who rocked a private courthouse ceremony and then a bed and breakfast party with lots of friends and family.