• Real Weddings

    Ashton and Jordan

    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

    September 23rd, 2017

    Ashton and Jordan
    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography
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    Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

    Who Proposed To Whom?
    Jordan proposed to me, Ashton 😊

    How Did You Get Engaged?
    Jordan planned the proposal out weeks in advance. There was a hike that I had wanted to try out for quite some time. It was May 14th, 2016. Jordan planned for a couple close friends to join us on our hike up the Malibu mountains. Once we reached the top with the stunning view of the pacific ocean at our backs, Jordan got down on one knee, and made a me a promise. A promise that he will always love and take care of me, to always put me first, and to always make life an adventure. With these promises, he asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. I cried, threw the ring on my finger, and jumped into his arms with a resounding yes!

    Wedding Date?
    September 23, 2017

    Venue? 
    Portola Inn, Atascadero

    Coordinator?
    Peggy O’Malley at the Portola Inn, Atascadero

    Catering?
    Flora & Fauna Fine Foods

    Cake?
    Sass Catering

    Cake Topper?
    Wedding Decor – A Shop On Etsy

    Photographer?
    Heather Nguyen Photography 😊

    Dj? 
    Kramer Events

    Florist?
    Sprigs Floral

    Hair/Makeup? 
    Friends And Bridesmaid

     Anything Else You’d Like To Add?
    Our day was absolutely perfect! Everything went according to plan and every single vendor was a delight to work with. It was a stress free day full of love and laughter. 😊

    A girl dreams of her wedding day and I can truly say it was the wedding I had always dreamt of. ♥ Thank you Heather for capturing such a beautiful day for us!

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Surprise Wedding in Hawaii for Gay Military Vets

    How do you surprise a couple with the Hawaii wedding of their dreams in less than 10 hours? All they had to do was #LetHawaiiHappen.

    Christian Alarid, 24, and Shayne Barnes, 27, went to Hawaii thinking they were taking part in a photoshoot for a marketing campaign. Hawaii’s Visitors and Conventions Bureau (HCVB)contacted the couple last year after they got engaged.

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Congratulations to Eric and Kris.

    Eric & Kris Get married
    Source: GayWeddings.com
    Eric and Kris were the first gay couple in Kalmazoo to be married, as the historic Supreme Court decision was handed down on their very wedding day. The date was planned nearly eight months in advance, and the two never expected for it to line up so perfectly. – Read the full story.

  • Gifts

    Groomsmen Gift: Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set

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    Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set

  • Weddings & Receptions

    Men of Honor, Bridesmen, and the Co-ed Bridal Party — oh my!

    As a two groom event, we have no choice but to think outside this particular box, but more recent data suggest 15-20% of heterosexual couples are mixing up the sexes of their wedding attendants. The wedding industry is a buzz. Bridal magazines post warnings about etiquette faux-pas and trampled traditions that must be carefully massaged and excruciatingly reformulated (with their help of course!) lest you and your spouse risk being spirited away by The Knot’s “do it right” military enforcement division.

    Having now reached the point of diminishing returns researching this topic, it is time for me to summarize my findings and move on. It is this – whether there are two brides, two grooms or one of each – please consider both your male and female friends to be viable options as participants in your wedding ceremony. And please, just refer to them as “attendants.”

    Here is an unscientific sampling of the most often asked follow-up questions from worried men and women and a compilation of responses.

      Q: Whatever will they wear so that it is clear who they are attending to?
      
A: Whether there is a bride and groom, two grooms or two brides, have all men wear the same tux / suit / color and all women wear the same dress / tux / suit / color. See, not so hard.


      Q: Who gets invited to what pre-wedding parties? 

      A: As David recently posted, there is plenty of opportunity to mix-it-up in this area as well. If you are keeping to a more traditional bride & groom separation when it comes to pre-wedding events, inviting men to the shower and women to a bachelor party is just fine. 


      Q: What will guests think?
      A: It is what you think that is important. Your wedding party should be made up of the people you love most. Many wedding planners have embraced this notion and are increasingly supporting the couple’s decision. If however, you are concerned about what family and friends may think, maybe better to rethink the guest list.


      Q: Do the responsibilities of the attendants change as a result?
      
A: No. Unless you want them to, then yes.

    There is much money to be made by those professing superior knowledge of the “rule book” and how best to apply it. Frustrating and condescending. [Y]our marriage is a momentous occasion, so make it uniquely yours, not just like everyone else’s – okay?! If “existing traditions” are your thing – have at it. Including religious and/or cultural traditions can be a wonderful way of connecting you and your spouse’s past to your future. If creating “new traditions” is more your thing, do so with confidence, style and class. Either way, creating a memorable and enjoyable event that reflects a shared vision should be fun and worthy of the time and effort you are putting into it.

    We decided to each have one person standing with us, dear friends and both male and female. We’ll tell you what we will be wearing after we figure that one out. We love what wxtwo (from Instagram) did here.