Post # 1
Hi to all,
Glad to see a GLBTQ friendly space here! Well my partner and I are going to get married. So we have decided to go to DC since I am a community artist and activist and we are both community educators and we wanted a diverse setting. Right now we are on assignment in Little Rock for another year then we hope to move to New Mexico. We just found out that the historical place where DC did the official signing, All Souls church will be a beautiful spot for us. Here is our challenge and I hope we can get some “buzz” with ideas.
Its just going to be the two of us. I found an officiant so we will get the license ahead and now have the place. I am not sure how to do the ceremony. I would like our song to play and as a Latina I want to do a couple of traditional things. Should I set up and then go get dressed and walk down the asile again?
I am looking for a D C photographer to take photos of the ceremony and maybe spend a few hours with us after the ceremony, gonna get some wear on that dress! We want to find a Cake Love shop and have “our wedding cake” and then take some outdoor photos. Anyone have a GLBTQ or friendly photographer? Ideas for outdoor artsy locations? We love art deco style buildings, Grandmother trees and all nature for our photos.
Gracias for any and all ideas. If I have any resources to share I will be sure to jump in. May the wedding fairies send you all good wedding vibes filled with love and joy for your day!
I am thinking of wearing my Texas boots with the Lara Helene “Chantal” dress someone posted on this site! Not sure what my cowboy girl will wear, something else to research…needs to be stylish on the butch side.
Post # 3
I have zero advice, but congratulations! Sounds lovely, intimate, and fun. My very very butch FI found a fabulous pinstriped suit at the thrift store. Women’s but you can’t tell at all. Before that we had no idea what she was going to wear!
I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantal though!
Post # 4
We’re in DC, but had to have our wedding in Massachusetts (before DC had same-sex marriage), so I don’t have specific advice on photographers. However, my suggestion would be to ask on the DC local board about wedding photographers in the area. When you get some recommendations, you can call those people and asked about their openness to same-sex couples. My guess is that they will be open. NotFroofy and I found absolutely no vendors in this area who were hostile to same-sex couples. But if one is hostile, you don’t have to book that person.
Post # 5
Thanks for the support and good ideas. Thrift stoes good idea may check them out with that in mind. I am usually there searching for raw art materials.
I will contact some photographers good ideas. I saw a couple listed on this site with recommendations so I may check them out.
Any suggestions for outdoor sites? Time of year?
My Beloved doesnt want to go during cherry blossom time too crowded but not in the heat of summer. We really dont have a date other than sometime after spring 2011.
Post # 6
@Sabrinazart: Oh I was about to suggest cherry blossom time, lol, then I saw that. I am a cherry blossom freak, tattoos and all. We are having a cherry blossom cake! I was born in Japan and have been fascinated by cherry blossoms ever since hearing about them as a little girl.
I have no other good ideas as I haven’t been to DC since I was 12 when my grandmother lived in MD. Sorry! I know there are local boards here on Weddingbee pertaining to various parts of the country. I post all over the Weddingbee and have never had anything but openness in return. I come over here from time to time to the LGBTQ board but it’s not nearly as busy as the others. 🙂
Post # 7
I saw your post and wanted to suggest that you should check out the U street area (that’s where the original Cake Love is located). If you are up for a car ride of about 20 minutes from there, you have to check out Glen Echo Park! If Art deco is what you are looking for, you are going to LOVE Glen Echo Park (it’s right over the border in MD). It’s an old 1920s amusement park that is now a national park. It has a working carousel (from May – September), and I am actually renting the bumper car pavillion for my own wedding reception 🙂 There is a spot called the cuddle up (the old spot for the spinning teacups) and they even have an old trolley for pictures. It’s an old DC landmark but isn’t filled with tourists because it’s a little trip from the city…
Google glen echo park and weddings for fabulous pictures. Not sure what your budget is for photographers, but I have some suggestions if you want to private message me.
Good luck and welcome to DC!
Post # 8
@Miss Boot Camp: Thanks for the link! I’ll send you an email.
Post # 9
For DC, you can get married near the Jefferson Memorial if you get a park permit. They are not difficult to get. Also, there are some restaurants with outdoor space (like the Tabard Inn – lovely courtyard and great food). There are lots of Kimpton hotels where you can have a wedding, too, and they do a lot of same sex events (our wedding is at the Palomar…but we’re not gay 🙂 )
I have a close girlfriend that is a fantastic photographer (she works a real job, but does lots of photography for fun and extra money). I could ask her if she’s up for a wedding – she’s done them before, including one in Italy – and I love her photos. She’s not taking pictures at our wedding (formally, anyway) because she’s our guest, but she’s very talented and I doubt very expensive.
There are also WAY better bakeries in DC than Cake Love. Seriously better ones.
Post # 10
@jindc:Thanks for the ideas this is so great to have local resources!
We are going to get married at the All Souls church and wanted something near by to take photos. If there is a better cake place we are open for options. Just going to get a small cake for photos and hope the photographer can follow us for a few hours to do some cake shots. Then off to take outdoor shots.
I appreciate your ideas keep em coming! I am thinking of Little Shop of Flowers for a bouquet, have heard good things about them. Do you know about them?
Post # 11
here is a recent same sex wedding that my photog did http://www.paulmorsecode.com/index.php/post/80/Melissa_and_Shayna,_Amherst,_Massachusetts,_6.20.2010
i have heard he is very gay-friendly and he’s an amazing photographer (our wedding is the most recent one posted in his blog. he may be more than what you are looking for but he has a number of associates he works with, so he might be able to point you toward one of them.
i totally agree that cake love is BY FAR nowhere near the top of the list for good local bakeries. i have used both fancy cakes by leslie in bethesda and fluffy thoughts in mclean. there is also sugarbakers and many others in DC that are great. check out the vendor reviews section.
Post # 12
@andy113:Thanks for the resources I found a photographer whose work I love very artsy and same kind of energy we are looking for so cross your fingers she has the date open!
I am rethinking this Cake Love thing. I was just thinking it would make good pictures to have the name of the shop since we are just getting either a small cake to share or cupcakes to feed each other for photos. Maybe we are better off going to get a small cake someplace and just take photos of us with the cake at the church. Its a challenge since its just the two of us and the photographer and minister.
I really appreciate your ideas and honest opinions about the details. Its difficult planning long distance but at least we can get married.
Thanks to all you great bees!