As many modern couples do, Laura and Andy met through an online matchmaking site. One of the reasons I appreciate the internet is because it brings humans together. And while my hopeless romantic heart believes they would have met somehow, this allowed them to share more of life together.
One of the things I adore most about Laura and Andy is their equal partnership, which strengthens both of them. They unconditionally support one another, bring balance to the relationship, and light each other up with smiles and joy.
For their wedding, Laura and Andy wanted to be their authentic selves, without being forced into heteronormative traditions. And so, they entered the wedding chapel together, simultaneously but on different paths, met in the middle, locked hands, and proceeded to the alter. They shared a gender inclusive ceremony, which included a beautiful handfasting with their loved ones placing each strand. At the reception, they each threw a stuffed animal in lieu of a bouquet and garter.
Choosing to embrace yourselves, along with your values and beliefs, is so important for celebrations. All of these contribute to relationship dynamics and entering into a marriage fully seen and expressed — while not being swayed by the norms or standards of anyone else, or the wedding industry as a whole. In short, be who you are, do what’s important to you, and create boundaries that allow for this.
Laura and Andy were surrounded by supportive and loving friends and family. Tears fell as Laura’s wedding party shared a prayer during prep; tenderness filled the chapel during their first look; guests were moved by Laura’s sister singing opera during ceremony; and the reception brought fun and a night of dancing. It was personal, raw, and truly memorable. I’m still feeling the gratitude of being invited to document this day.
Venue: Procter Camp & Conference Center
Officiant: Christopher Richardson, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church
Laura’s Dress: From David’s Bridal, altered with custom designed fabric by Laura and printed from DesignYourFabric.com; sewing by Laura, her mother, and aunt
Laura’s Shoes: Hush Puppies | Andy’s Suit: DXL
Stationery: By Laura | Cakes: Laura’s Mom + Aunts | Music/Karaoke: DIY
Laura’s Hair: Color by Miranda Gottes; styled by Laura’s sister
Rings: Elizabeth Diamond Company and Rob and Lean