This two hour workshop will talk about the nuts and bolts of planning your own wedding; gay wedding traditions; where to find gay-friendly wedding vendors and how to design and personalize your wedding. We get terrific feedback on the workshop and hope you enjoy it too!
The cost to attend is $30/couple and includes hors d'oeuvres, beverages and a great packet of materials. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up, simply complete the form right here!
Let us know if you have any questions!
Tim and Mark live in California and when they decided to get married, same-sex marriage was not legal in their home state. It was important to these grooms to bring their guests and their story to a place where their relationship was equal so they chose to marry in Massachusetts and hired 14 Stories to make it happen. After a full day of visiting Boston's most unique wedding venues with us, they settled on the Boston Public Library as the perfect place to tell their story.
With the library in mind, together we developed a design theme that revolved around stories and books. You'll see some of those details in the images below - even the table names were named after book genres (romance, mystery, etc). We also worked with an illustration of a wolf and a fox, adorably drawn to represent each groom. You'll see lots of that artwork in the details below, even in the wedding favors (the journals).
The wedding brought together the grooms' nearest and dearest who gathered here in Boston to pay tribute to two amazing gentlemen. Enjoy the beautiful photos by Kat Hempel.
Kristin Korpos was the photographer. Janet married them. It was a perfect day for these two brides.
Congrats to the newlyweds Jessica and Nida!
Without further ado, we are very pleased to announce the winners: April and India from Nashville, Tennessee. We loved April and India's stargazing story - from the beginnings in Chicago to their current life now in Nashville.
Says April: "'Conundrum', that would be the word of the day, every day that can describe the story of our lives together. There is not a day that has passed that we have not learned something new about one another. I have two children, ages 8 and 4, girl and boy. India has a 17 year old son. We have slowly merged our families together and now are inseparable. The kids fight just as any brother and sister would fight, India and I discipline them, nurture them, teach them and create family time frequently for our family of five just as our parents did with us.
We come from totally different backgrounds, environments and parenting which brings us diversity and creativity inside of our home. I am 9 years younger than India, I bring energy, motivation and a new generation of thinking that makes her call me crazy often. We have fun together, we cry together, we hope, dream, pray and inspire together. We see our future as clear as day and strive daily to overcome hurdles and obstacles which have came and went...Our future is bright, twinkling just as the stars will be that we observe in the sky. We are still a unit, still in love, still stargazing."
For small gay weddings, a bed and breakfast or an inn can be a great place for a wedding. We've worked in the Taylor House in Jamaica Plain several times and have a wedding booked at the Kemble Inn in Lenox later this year. Like many inns, these have nice sized dining room and foyer spaces and provide options for a beautiful ceremony backdrop and magnificent outdoor gardens.
Some things you should consider when having a gay wedding at a B&B or inn:
- the best style reception is a cocktail reception or food stations
- you'll have to buy out all of the guest rooms - so be prepared to host some guests overnight
- you'll have to bring in lots of rentals - typically tables, chairs, china, flatware, stemware, etc
- you'll need to bring in your own caterer and bartender
Would you consider an Inn or B&B for your wedding venue?
Unfortunately, in the Arnold Arboretum and other Boston and Cambridge-area parks, you can't have a ceremony in the park with any structures. This means: no tent, no tables, no chairs...well, maybe one or two chairs. But you get the idea - your guests have to stand and you'll have to have a rain plan and be able to communicate it to your guests very effectively at the last minute.
I personally love these types of wedding ceremonies which have a more casual, informal, organic feel - but keep in mind the needs of your guest list if this is what you have in mind. 85 year old grandmas often have a hard time standing for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
I've done extensive research and nearly all of the City of Boston's parks have no covering. This means that, as much as the idea of a casual wedding in the Boston Public Garden sounds divine, you may get wet.
My advice: if you are having a wedding with more than 20 guests, don't plan for the ceremony in a public park in the Boston area. There are some really nice venues which have their own outdoor ceremony space where you can have chairs and where you can retreat in the event of rain. But if you decide on a park, you'll need a permit. The fee for Boston parks for Boston residents is $50 and $100 for non residents.
Are you planning to get married in a park?
photo by Michael Manning
All of the contest details are over here! Check it out and enter to win!
Good luck - we can't wait to hear your stories!
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