Aisha and Nina’s Engagement Safari

 

More lovely photos from Cindy M Brown! Here’s what the happy couple had to say about their story:

“We initially met in the workplace, but it was not until we engaged in a spiritual conversation during our shift that we realized that we had more in common than we thought. This eye opening conversation created some major sparks between us…..A few years later after dating, while out with a few close friends, Nina popped the big question to Aisha and she said “YES!”

Our engagement safari with Cindy and Sharon tells the rest of the story! WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE THE STORY OF OUR LOVE CAPTURED!”

Love & Marriage Blessing Brings Joy for 26 LGBTQ Couples & UUCA Congregants

These wonderful photos were submitted by photographer Cindy M Brown, written by Joetta Prost.

Marriage matters in Georgia and LGBTQ couples seek the same rights and respect that other married Georgians receive.  To celebrate loving committed LGBTQ couples in Georgia who have married out of state or who are planning to marry, a special inter-denominational Love and Marriage Blessing Ceremony took place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta on Sunday April 6, 2014.

 

Rev. Makar and Rev. Thickstun were joined by 11 ministers from other Atlanta-area congregations as UUCA demonstrated that in Georgia we are “Standing on the Side of Love” in support of marriage equality for LGBTQ Couples.  The love and commitment of LGBTQ couples of all faiths was honored, with 26 couples participating in the event.  The couples ranged in age from their 20s to 70s.  The average length of the relationships being celebrated was 10.5 years; one couple had been together 39 years and there were several couples who had been together for 1 or 2 years.  Twelve of the couples had already gone out of state to be legally married, while the remaining couples are waiting impatiently for marriage equality in Georgia or planning to travel out of state in the near future.  Three of the couples had school-age children present while others were joined by adult children.

 

The afternoon included a special ceremony to bless the LGBTQ couples, accompanies by  music, readings and inspirational speakers.  Tears of joy were shed during the emotional ceremony; the diverse group of couples filled the floor of UUCA’s sanctuary, while over 200 family, friends and allies surrounded the couples with love. At the closing of the blessing, congregants blew bubbles that drifted down upon the couples and represented the joy that was present throughout UUCA.

A reception complete with wedding cake and a diverse assortment of cupcakes followed the ceremony.

Some couples created video testimonials about why marriage matters for them; these videos will be used by co-sponsor Georgia Equality with their initiative Why Marriage Matters.  This event was held in conjunction with the Southerners in Support of Marriage Equality campaign which was launched recently in Atlanta.  For more information: Interweave@uuca.org.

Special thanks to all those who volunteered in one way or another – helping with the reception, making cupcakes, serving as greeters, and helping create a welcoming presence for those new to UUCA.  Plans are underway to host this wonderful event again… while we wait for marriage equality to become the law of the land.  Yes, it will happen, even in Georgia!

Ceremony photos by Cindy M Brown, Sharon McMahon, and Ricky Leal. Portraits by Cindy M Brown. 

 

Ashley + Melissa – Herrington on the Bay, Maryland

Check out these gorgeous images from Pennsylvania photographer Barbara Shoop. This wedding is extra close to her heart, because her sister is one of the brides. Here’s what Barbara has to say about the event:

Ashley and Melissa both work in Theater Production and met four years ago working at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. 
 
They got married in Maryland at Herrington on the Bay, located on Herring Bay just off the Chesapeake. It’s a gorgeous property with a private beach, marina, yacht club, swimming pool and two gardens for outdoor ceremonies. 
 
It was important to them to have more than a one-day event; they wanted a weekend getaway and a big celebration. And they wanted to get married on the water. The wedding weekend took place from Thursday, August 1, 2013 to Saturday, August 3, 2013. 
 
Thursday’s rehearsal dinner was a casual picnic on the beach. On the morning of the wedding, we swam in the pool and kayaked in the bay before getting ready for the ceremony in the Polynesian Garden. It was an evening wedding, beginning around 5 and it allowed us to get some beautiful portraits on the beach at sunset. The reception was in the Yacht Club, a short walk from the beach and the garden. 

Same-Sex Wedding Photography Giveaway!

Cassandra Zetta is offering a photography giveaway for an engaged same-sex couple that plans to marry before June 30th, 2014!
Cassandra believes that by openly sharing love stories, others are empowered to do the same. The progress made towards marriage equality during 2013 has given hope for an amazing 2014. In honor of the incredible souls who deserve to have their stories told with the utmost love and care, Cassandra Zetta is accepting applications, from same-sex couples, for a complimentary wedding photography package.
Includes: 10 hours of Wedding Day Coverage. Hand-Picked + Edited Images via an Online PASS Gallery.

Requirements: The wedding must be held no later than June 30th, 2014. Locations 125+ miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio will require travel fees.
To Apply:
 Please email Cassandra at: cassandra@cassandrazetta.com
 with the following information: Names + Contact Information. A Photo of the Couple. Wedding Date + Location. Your story. [Tell me about yourselves and how you came to be].
 The proposal(s). What would this gift mean to you?
For complete rules and application requirements, please visit: http://www.cassandrazetta.com/special-offer-wedding-giveaway/

Entry for the giveaway ends 2/11, with the winner announced on 2/14!

Sushanna + Jordan : Love Shoot : Los Angeles, CA

This “love session” comes to us from photographer Stephanie of This Modern Romance in Southern California, who says the couple got together to celebrate their relationship.  Celebrate indeed! Take it away Stephanie, “These two fell in love in Arizona and moved to Los Angeles together to pursue their careers. Sushanna works as a model and dancer and Jordan as an audio engineer. They wanted to shoot at The Grove in Los Angeles, since that is one of their favorite hang out spots.”