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An Elegant Wedding with a ‘Southern Flair’

December 7, 2016

Steve and John met attending Dignity Washington services at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, which is Washington, DC’s Faith community for LGBTQ Catholics. After several weeks of talking after church services, they agreed to dine together. On August 24, 1998, Steve and John met at Raku, in Dupont Circle. It was a long dinner that they now look fondly on as one of their most favorite memories. Certainly an evening filled with excellent conversation and laughter. After dinner they walked around Dupont Circle and then agreed to meet a few days later for a second date. Steve and John dated for 15 years but only because they were not legally able to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, they have a tradition of celebrating their anniversaries with champagne al fresco on their patio and on the fifteenth anniversary of their first date, John got down on one knee and proposed. They gave each other wedding bands after private vows to one another and faithfully wore the rings on their right hands in protest. Both were crying tears of joy. Marriage was still not legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia but the appeals were being heard at the State level. They agreed to wait a year and then if nothing had moved forward in the struggle for marriage equality that they would get married in the District of Columbia. Steve
and John were preparing to look at wedding venues in Washington, DC when on October 6, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Marriage was now legal in the Commonwealth and they began planning the wedding! It’s almost as if the stars aligned!
When searching for the perfect spot to exchange vows, they knew they wanted to find a venue where they could do everything in one place since John’s 83-year old mother was attending. Many guests were also traveling from out of the area so they wanted a location that was convenient for sightseeing.
Considering themselves more “mature” and a little more conservative than many young couples getting married, they really hoped to craft an event that fit their personal styles and relationship. When they told their wedding planner that they wanted something elegant, sophisticated and masculine she suggested many color options and ultimately they chose black and white. They went for a simple and elegant look with a ‘Southern’ flair since they now consider Virginia their home.


























Event Planning + Design: Kelley Cannon Events | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria | Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers | Rentals: DC Rental | Chalk Art: Small Chalk | DJ: MyDeejay


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    Lisa Blume Photography

A Celebration of Marriage- Real Wedding of B + S

April 8, 2015

Today’s Real Wedding is not only breathtaking, but also unique.

Being in the heart of the District, we believe, support and love marriage equality. Today we have the pleasure of featuring an incredible same sex wedding.

Beth + Susan were together 20 years before Maryland legalized same sex marriage. They waited patiently for those 20 years and knew that as soon as the referendum was overturned they would tie the knot!

Their wedding and reception served as a symbol of thanks to their friends and community who worked tirelessly to make marriage equality in Maryland a reality.

These lovely brides left it up to the pros to create something that was both edgy and sophisticated, and left most of the design details, large and small, in their capable hands. The outcome was nothing short of perfection!


Susan + Beth designed the tallit that was used for the Chuppah. They even went so far as spending a weekend with the artist in Santa Barbara, California, selecting the fabrics and sewing it.  It included many personal details and symbols about their lives together.  Their four nephews carried it into the ceremony on poles.

John Farr Lighting and Jeff Johnson took great care in lighting the Chuppah and incorporating it into the ceremony setting.

“When we walked under the Chuppah for the first time, we were so moved by the beauty of the moment.”

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Susan’s Favorite Wedding Detail:

The setting and beauty of the ceremony space. Between the chuppah, which we designed and made, the lighting and flowers and the gallery were beyond beautiful.

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Beth’s Favorite Wedding Detail:

The food was delicious! Joel Wolke from Occasions Caterers suggested a dessert buffet to follow the sit down dinner.  The buffet was a wonderful way to get people up and mingling.  After dinner, people congregated around the dessert buffet chatting and joining in the contra dance!



Susan Korn and Beth Handler

Longview Gallery | Washington, D.C.


Venue: Longview Gallery | Photographer: Greg Gibson |  Event Coordinator: Christine Godsey with Engaging Affairs | Florist: Blue Vanda Designs | Caterers: Occasions Caterers | Cake: Maggie Austin | Bride’s Attire: Robert Danes custom gown, Bergdorf Goodman | Bride’s Attire: Escada, Neiman Marcus | Hair and Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | Wedding Cake Flavors: Butterscotch Toffee and Cinnamon Pistachio | Wedding Cocktail: The Hayride & a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail | | Music/Entertainment: Andrea Hoag, founder of Old Doors/New World Project | Invitations: Fourth Year Studios | Lighting: John Farr Lighting | Valet: MarcParc Inc. | Chuppah: Tallits by Sharon
| Save the Date: Jill Baron Illustrations  | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Honeymoon Spot:  Paris



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Same Sex Invitations

August 26, 2014

There is no rule book on how to script your wedding invitation. Often times same sex couples are paying for their wedding on their own. In such situations, it is completely appropriate for the wedding invitation to come from the two of you. For example; “Ryan Brennan and Drew Rouper cordially invite you to join them as they exchange vows in a celebration of marriage.”

If your parents are helping with the wedding process you can include them in the invitation by stating, “Together with their families, Megan Tinley and Sarah Owens invite you to celebrate the occasion of their wedding.”


The important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to present your invitation. Together decide how formal or informal you want your big day to be and choose your wording accordingly.

Photography {Scott Clark PhotoSugarB Studio}

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