Archive for the ‘Same-sex’ Category
With the recent news coming out of the USA regarding same-sex marriage, it seems only fitting that on Canada Day Michael took part in Nancy & Laura’s wedding! They are both from Alberta but needed to move to London to meet one another. They are on their way back to England for another wedding, but they held their legal ceremony here in Edmonton.
And, in other news, it was just announced yesterday that same-sex marriage will become legal in the UK as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23338279
Canada has been way ahead of the curve on this issue, with the first legal same-sex marriages taking place a decade ago.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again and again. A wedding is a wedding is a wedding. Gay, straight, Hindu, Jewish, Chinese, farm, ballroom, big, small, hometown, destination. We celebrate love in all shapes and sizes, and we are so happy for Nancy & Laura that they found each other and chose Edmonton for their wedding.
Laura & Nancy’s rings are really cool – they are in two separate pieces, and are a map of the coast of Cornwall where they go camping all the time. Such a personal and meaningful design!
Happy Canada Day! There is ‘no stopping’ these two!
Jeff & Justin are adorable. They are so in love, and every time I spend time with them I have a big smile on my face. They were married at Robertson-Wesley United Church, and their pastor made a lovely speech about how proud he was to be a part of a gay marriage held in the church, and how happy he was that the United Church sees fit to celebrate all love and unity. We couldn’t agree more.
I hope they don’t mind me sharing something beautiful that they wrote about their wedding:
“We take exception to the fact that this day is all about us. Unlike countless other gay men, we have been graced by the unconditional love, support and acceptance of you, our friends and family. As individuals, you encouraged us to be true to ourselves and stood by us through this sometimes painful journey of self-discovery. You insisted that we learn to love ourselves. You have continued to nourish the loving relationship we have formed with enthusiastic acceptance. Without your love and support, we would not be half the men we are today. And so, you see, this day is actually all about you.
Love, Justin and Jeffrey ”
Justin is such a doll, he had a minor button crisis while getting ready but my sewing skills came in handy. He was pretty nervous prior to the ceremony, which only showed how much he loves Jeff.
Jeff has connections with the military and also the RCMP so there were quite a lot of uniforms at the ceremony. This was our first Arch of Swords!
See what I mean? Adorable! Thank you so much for including us you two! We had a fantastic time witnessing your marriage, and we wish you joy, love and happiness.
Jill & Marlow are a beautiful couple inside and out, and their wedding was a wonderful demonstration of how the love of family and friends can support and lift up a couple. You could feel it all day, like a warm blanket surrounding everyone at the wedding.
Michael and Marlow’s friend Tony had some guy bonding time at the salon.
Two different dresses, two different brides, one awesome wedding.
The entire wedding was held at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
The brides’ sisters Erin (left) and Kristi (right) sang Chantal Kreviazuk’s ‘Feels Like Home’ and there was barely a dry eye at the ceremony.
The bridal party had a chance to relax with some warm Starbucks on a chilly day.
Jill’s cousin’s daughter gave a beautiful grace before dinner.
The food at the Art Gallery was amazing – the beet chip in the salad was unbelievable!
Lots of laughs at the reception.
The Art Gallery is an amazing venue, lots of opportunities for cool angles, and a beautiful wide open dance floor.
We’re so proud to live in a country where Jill & Marlow can be legally married. Gay, lesbian, straight, no matter who you are, you deserve to be with the one you love. We felt incredibly honoured to have been chosen to be a part of Jill & Marlow’s marriage.
Jill & Marlow will be married in October. The Shandro Family and Jill’s family have crossed paths a lot, Michael grew up in a house built by Jill’s family company, and we bought our house from the same company as well (and her sister was the real estate agent!). Needless to say, we’ll know a few faces at the wedding.
Meet Marlow (left) and Jill (right).
If you look closely, you’ll see two engagement rings!
Michael noticed this awesome lens flare/ball of fire from where he was shooting, and had to use it. He placed them this way, and Jill and Marlow had no idea until they came in to see the photos. It turned out to be the biggest print they ordered!
See you in October!
Shantel & Desirae had a very hot and sunny day for their wedding. These girls chose the beautiful Devonian Gardens for their wedding ceremony, and we were lucky enough to have the run of the place for photos.
Their ceremony on the wedding lawn was very touching, and emotional for everyone.
Shantel & Desirae knew exactly what they wanted for photos, they had several favourite spots in the Japanese Garden.
I noticed while we were moving between locations that Desirae’s train (which, by the way, was an awesome addition to her pantsuit) was picked up by the wind. I asked them to start running, and I love this result.
Both brides had beautiful bouquets.
They had rented this amazing limo-bus from Blue Sky Limos for both families to be transported out to the gardens.
Shantel & Desirae are both super sweet, love the outdoors, and have very happy personalities. I was delighted to find that all of their receptions tables were dedicated to various hard rock/heavy metal/punk band…not quite what I was expecting! And then…one table was Riverdance. Who knew?
This cake was delicious, made by the Art of Cake. All of those roses on top were chocolate.
Another cool thing about a same-sex wedding: four wedding rings!
Desirae gives a little nod to the table placecards…
Thank you so much Shantel & Desirae for choosing me for your wedding. I had such a fun and easy time with both of you, you were an absolute pleasure to photograph. Congratulations on your marriage!
Shantel & Desirae are our first same-sex couple, and the perfect couple to demonstrate that love is love, no matter what label you might try to put on it. They share a warm affection for each other, and were definitely not shy to snuggle for the camera. I was really happy when I showed Shantel & Desirae their photos – a few times they commented ‘that’s SO us!’ When my couples feel that way, I know I’ve done my job right. I can’t wait for their wedding at the Devonian Gardens later this month!