Tracy & Tiffany: A Divine Meeting Leads to a Two-Bride Wedding in the Bible Belt

Tracy and Tiffany embrace at a table with bouquets and sand glass.
Tiffany sits on a settee while her bride, Tiffany stands.

Tracy and Tiffany married after a year of planning.

After seven years of love, laughter and friendship, Tracy and Tiffany married in September of 2015. The happy brides, who reside in Greensboro, N.C., share the story of their love and special wedding day below:

Black Lesbian Love Lab (BL3): How did you meet?

Tracy and Tiffany: We met at church in another city, and found out that we both lived in the same town. We began hanging out as friends and the rest is history!

BL3: What attracted you to each other?

Tracy: I was drawn to Tiffany’s cheerful personality, and her devotion to church, family and friends. Tiffany: Tracy and I just started out as friends, but as we got to know each other, I saw how hard she worked for what she wanted. She is so goal-oriented!

BL3: Tell us about your first date. 

Tiffany: Because we were friends first, we can’t remember our first date. I kind of like that about our relationship because it didn’t make things uncomfortable. I didn’t have to worry about the jitters of the first date or ordering a salad for dinner (even though I love salads).

BL3:  What do you love about each other?

Tiffany: I love Tracy’s passion that she has for different things in life.

Tracy: I love Tiffany’s cheerfulness and how selfless she is.

 

BL3: Why did you decide to get married, especially after seven years?

Tracey: We both wanted to spend the rest of our lives with someone who loves us for who we are and allows us to love them.

Tiffany: Tracy is also one of my biggest supporters. Who wouldn’t want that for the rest of your life?

Tracy and Tiffany cut the wedding cake.

Tracy and Tiffany cut their wedding cake together.

BL3: Tell me a bit about your wedding day. What made it special?

Tiffany: I thought I would be nervous on the day of the wedding, but I guess since I was so nervous the weeks leading to it, I didn’t have any nervousness left. This day was special to me because everyone there was in support and not judgment. This not only made me happy but Tracy also. If she is happy, I’m happy!

Tracy: Our day was special because we had come through almost a year of planning and we were in agreement on everything (from the flowers to the decorations to the candy buffet). We worked hard to ensure each of us was happy. With two brides, we wanted each of us to feel special and feel like the day was all about each of us!

Another special thing is that for most of our guests, this was [their] first time attending a same-sex wedding. We’re in the south, in the Bible belt. Although we experienced some heartache and loss of relationships along the way, in the end true friends and family were right there supporting us.

We’ve been told that our union has brought the issue of same-gender-loving relationships to the forefront and caused many to have to consciously reconsider their long-held beliefs and determine what really matters most. Love is love!!

BL3: What wedding traditions did you keep and which ones did you get rid of and why?

Tiffany: The night before the wedding, I presented Tracy with something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. I know she was surprised and I LOVED IT!

Tracy: We ditched the traditions like seating guests by choosing sides. We wanted everybody intermingled! We also did not include throwing bouquets or removing garters. It was important to us to keep Christian traditions like having premarital counseling with a Christian pastor, having prayer and the Lord’s Prayer sang during the ceremony.

BL3: Where was the wedding and reception held? At a church or somewhere else? And why? 

Tracey and Tiffany: Neither of us belonged to a welcoming and affirming church at the time. We took extra care to ensure everybody involved (guests and vendors), were in agreement with and supportive of same-sex marriage. So we definitely wanted the venue to have the best atmosphere. The wedding and reception were held at Tracy’s brother’s catering facility–ceremony outside on the patio, reception in the inside dining area. We knew it was a great facility, but when we saw it decorated for our wedding, we knew it was the best place!

BL3: How did it feel to exchange vows? Did you write your own vows?

Tiffany: I wrote my own vows and it felt good to say what was in my heart. I felt like in that moment I could wrap up the feelings and love that I have for Tracy in words. Of course all of it could not be said in a couple of words, but I promise to show it every moment I have for the rest of my life.

Tracy: I knew I would cry! I could hardly finish reading everything without my voice cracking. It felt like everything I feel for Tiffany (all of my love, concern and “lust”) was magnified 100 times in that moment.

BL3: What was the most memorable part of the day?  

Tiffany: The most memorable part of the day is when I came out the doors and saw Tracy standing waiting for me. The closer I got to her the more I felt the love and connection between us.

Tracy: Most memorable for me are two things–the way my baby brother escorted me in and walked away to go and get Tiffany to escort her in to me, and the way Tiffany looked when those doors were opened. She was a beautiful princess! I will never forget it.

I said Yes to the Dress and to Our Imperfect Love

Desiree shows off her average wedding dress

Even though she is no where near average, Desiree chose an average wedding dress.

Written by Desiree Brandon

As a little girl, I never dreamed of getting married. Marriage was for people like my mom and dad. They met on a blind date that snowballed into 19 years of beautiful bliss.

I think I never dreamed of marriage and weddings, because at the time when most little girls would be daydreaming of their future, my family was fighting an uphill battle in the very real present. My father had pancreatic cancer for most of my childhood and passed away a few days before my 10th birthday. And while that may sound tragic, I learned two things from my parent’s relationship: love is unconditional and imperfect.

As a teenager, I watched my mom move on with her life, and I had an epiphany: Love and marriage don’t always go together. You can love someone wholeheartedly, and never marry her. You can also marry someone you don’t love. I didn’t want either scenario to become my life.

I knew if I were ever going to get married, it would have to be a love like what my dad had for my mom. But as I started the process of coming out to myself as a lesbian, I was met with the reality that (at the time) marriage was NOT an option. I dealt with that fact, and moved on. And while I wanted to get married eventually, it wasn’t as important as the love.

 

While I was a sophomore at Howard University in Washington, D.C., I found the love of my life. And after spending two years developing and building our lives together, we found a tiny rose garden in Philadelphia, said our own vows, and never looked back. Or so I thought.

 

Last November on a trip home to Arizona, my other half asked me to marry her officially. She was met with an emphatic “YES”, as I knew I have what my parents had: love that is both unconditional and imperfect.

 

Wedding planning is hard IF you care about the feelings or aesthetics of your guests that will be attending. Wedding planning for us was fairly easy. Finding the dress was not.

 

 

How I found My Wedding Dress

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I started my search at the cattle call of all brides, David’s Bridal. I hated EVERY dress I saw. I was a bit discouraged. My partner, Marisol, who sat through hours of me trying on dresses, called the store her own “personal purgatory.”

 

I realized that maybe a big store was not for me. I also realized this wedding dress adventure was not her thing either. I found a nearby boutique and vintage shop. I tried on dresses and found some I liked, but nothing that stood out to me.

 

I found a dressmaker and described what I wanted. She immediately sent me pictures of a dress that she had already made that kind of fit my description, and I was IN LOVE! Don’t be afraid of alternative stores. I found more dresses that I loved in the smaller boutique stores than in the big chain stores. I also would say to know what you want before going in to look at dresses. Know the style you want, and also know your budget. Try to stick to both of them. This will save your time, money, and sanity.

 

Where did I finally find THE dress? Online. I know. It sounds absolutely INSANE to buy a wedding dress online, but if you know your current measurements, buying a dress online is perfectly safe.

 

My Dress is Average But I’m Not

 

For me, it’s not about the dress. I hate pomp and circumstance, so I ended up choosing a tea length dress with no train and no veil.

 

I chose a tea length dress to be comfortable and to be able to party with friends after the ceremony is done. And while the ceremony will be a sight to behold, my dress is pretty average.

 

I can do that because I know that my dress is everything that I am not. I know that an average dress made me stand out. For my shoes, I chose Converse.

 

You read that correctly; I am getting married in my Chuck Taylors. That, as my friends and family will tell you, is exactly who I am. An average dress with Converse for a bride anything but average.

 

My other half doesn’t share my average sentiment. She opted for a navy blue suit, blue gingham shirt, orange tie, succulent lapel pin, and brown shoes. But this outfit fits her personality perfectly.

 

And while I was excited about our September wedding, I was more excited that I finally got to put on the comfortable dress and party the night away with my friends and family. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my imperfect and unconditional love.

Nikki and Amena Marry in a Symphony of Love

Amena looks radiant in her walk down the aisle. Photo by RMN Photography

Amena looks radiant in her walk down the aisle. Photo by RMN Photography

Written by Zamara Perri; Photos by RMN Photography

When Amena Johnson and Nikki Brooks exchanged wedding vows on a beautiful, sunny, September afternoon, both women were surrounded by absolute love. The wedding took place on a hill overlooking the Patuxent River on grounds of the Billingsley Mansion in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The outdoor setting served as a naturally beautiful backdrop for a couple whose love is natural, unfiltered and genuinely sweet.

The wedding, themed “Wine, Music and Art,” was a reflection of all the couple’s favorite things and included their favorite music, some of Nikki’s art and Amena’s favorite wines.

Three years after meeting and falling in love, the couple wanted their wedding celebration to not only celebrate their love, but the people who love and support them. The love of their 100-plus friends and family who celebrated with them was evident in the laughter and conversations heard that day.

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Looking back, the couple said their wedding day was one of their best days so far.

“Having my best friends and family there made it so fun,” Nikki shared. “Seeing my aunt was really important because my mom didn’t come. She led the soul train line. She’s always been there for me. Seeing her there, made me think everything is all right. On top of that, I was marrying the woman I wanted to be married to so the day was beautiful.”

For Amena, having her traditional Christian mom attend the wedding was one of the best gifts that day. “I didn’t know she was coming until Friday. (The wedding took place on Saturday),” Amena said. “When I told her I was engaged, she said she was not going because [gay marriage] was against her beliefs. I sent her an invitation anyway. I called her on Friday and asked her, ‘I’m I going to see you tomorrow?’ She said, ‘yes’ and I made arrangements for her to get to the wedding on time.”

The couple wrote their own vows, which brought their guests to tears. For family and friends who had known these two women for years and even decades, the vows rang true.

“I enjoyed hearing my family and aunt say, ‘It’s amazing that Amena gets you so much.’ A lot of the people in my family have been protective over me. My aunt was ecstatic,” Nikki recalls.

“People said, ‘Wow you are truly happy and it’s great to see you so happy,’” Amena adds. “Sometimes I’m a crier and sometimes I’m not. I didn’t cry at all that day because I smiled all day; I was truly happy to marry the woman I wanted to be with.”

All in all, the couple said they wanted their wedding to be about all the people whom they invited. “We wanted our guests to feel included because this was also for them,” Amena said.

Nikki agreed, “We were throwing a party because we loved each other and we love y’all and that’s what we wanted to convey.”

The couple’s love for their friends and their friend’s love for the couple was so evident. One of Amena’s friends traveled from South Africa to support them on their special day. Several of the speeches from close friends were heartfelt; the wedding officiant, who is a close friend, was so excited and emotional that she forgot to announce the ring exchange; and the wedding party danced up the aisle before the ceremony and back down the aisle afterwards. On that day it was clear how much the wedding guests were truly in love with Nikki and Amena as a forever couple.

Now This is a WNBA Couple That Knows Something About Love

LaTaya Varner and Seimone Augustus kiss at their May 2015 wedding.

LaTaya Varner and Seimone Augustus kiss at their May 2015 wedding.

 

“I never thought I would get married. A lot of women have that dream — wearing a white dress and walking down the aisle. I never did.”

 

That is how Seimone Augustus, 31 , a WNBA player started her first-person story in The Player’s Tribune about her eight year relationship with LaTaya, 27, who became her wife in May. The five-time WNBA All-Star, who plays for the Minnesota Lynx, had 15 guests at her wedding.

Augustus shares how she came out in junior high school and has been honest about her sexuality ever since. She says, “When you’re happy with your career and your environment, but most importantly, with yourself — when you’re your authentic self every single day, without shame — life sort of falls into place.”

This piece was critical because, “That’s how I met the woman who would become my wife.”

Seimone only had one request of her wedding ceremony to LaTaya: That she wear sneakers and there be red velvet cake.

Seimone only had one request of her wedding ceremony to LaTaya: That she wear sneakers and there be red velvet cake.

The two met at a night club in Minnesota and Seimone who describes herself as painfully shy, says she finally worked up the nerve to ask LaTaya to dance and for her number!

Their first date at a theme park was, “Perfect. If I lined up all of my days in my short life, I’d still pick that one as one of my favorites, every time. Just two nervous girls — one quiet and shy, and one bubbling over with personality — navigating something new together.”

Soon the couple fell in love and a few years later started talking about marriage. At the time gay marriage wasn’t legal in all of the states and they worried about not having their relationship recognized if they should move or one of them got hurt.

Seimone proposed in 2010 on the beach in Miami around Christmas.

Read the rest of the story here. 

 

 

Tianna & Charmagne Sport Two White Dresses and Matching Sneakers

Charmagne and Tianna held the wedding ceremony and reception at an art gallery. TimeFrozen Photography

Charmagne and Tianna held the wedding ceremony and reception at an art gallery. TimeFrozen Photography

A few months back, Tianna shared with us the story of how she met and fell in love with Charmagne. The Connecticut couple, who have been together for five years, married in November. The couple held their cocktail party wedding at an art gallery in Hartford, Conn. “It had just the right amount of industrial charm and funky, artistic features,” Tianna says.

Charmagne and Tianna sport matching tennis shoes under their gowns. Photos by TimeFrozen Photography

Charmagne and Tianna sport matching tennis shoes under their gowns. Photos by TimeFrozen Photography

All of their vendors were close friends or friends of friends. “We care deeply about the artists in Hartford and the great things that they bring to our lives,” Tianna says. “It’s a community that we are a part of as fellow artists, and we wanted to give our friends a chance to show off their skills.” Both women are artists (Charmagne a musician and Tianna, a writer).

See more photos from their wedding here at The Knot.

Congratulations to the lovely couple!

Slideshow & Video: Ciara Surprises Melinda With an Amazing Proposal

Ciara gets down on bended knee in front of Melinda.

Ciara gets down on bended knee in front of Melinda.

Ciara and Melinda are documenting their journey to the altar on the blog, wusbandandwife.com. The two live in Charlotte, North Carolina. After being together for five years, Ciara went all out and staged an elaborate, surprise proposal for her beloved and captured it all on video. This beautiful couple shares their story with us:

 

Black Lesbian Love Lab (BL3): How did you two meet? 

Ciara and Melinda: We met at a gay-friendly irish pub in mid-December 2008. And here’s the funny part, neither of us were supposed to be there! At the time Ciara was driving a car that turned off randomly. She and her friend, wanted to go out but kept debating the pros and cons. Was it really worth going all the way to uptown Charlotte? They decided it was. Melinda, on the other hand, was just planning to stay home that night. But her friends drove four hours from Fayetteville, N.C. to surprise her and take her to their favorite hangout spot.

Ciara: I remember the moment I saw Melinda. She was dancing with her friends and I was immediately drawn to her. For a few minutes I built up the courage to approach her. I gave her my number and asked her to make sure she called me. Melinda says I asked her several times and that’s probably true. I just knew that she needed to be in my life.

 

BL3: When did you know you loved each other?

Ciara: Great question! When I first met Melinda there was something that was truly magnetic about her. I immediately felt like she needed to be in my life. I would say that I knew that I loved her within our first few weeks of dating. But I didn’t want to scare her away by saying “I love you” so soon. That fear dissolved within the first month of our relationship. In fact, the first gift I bought Melinda was a promise ring. We had only been dating for a month, but I knew I didn’t want a day to go by where she wasn’t in my life.

Melinda: Hmm, this is hard. I can’t think of the first distinct moment, I think I am in a perpetual state of learning and re-learning why I love Ciara. It is kind of like a painting that speaks to you. When you first see it, you love it and you know you love it, but you don’t really know why, you just know you have to have it. Then as it hangs on your wall and you pass it day in and day out, you realize things that you love—some parts of it because they make sense for your personality. You start to see and love things you’ve never noticed before and as things in your life change, you begin to love things you didn’t like before. That’s how I’ve loved Ciara so far–perpetually and at the same time, kind of randomly.

 

BL3: Why did you decide to get married now?

Ciara: Melinda and I had been dating for five years before I proposed. Honestly, I could have proposed earlier into our relationship, but I wanted to be in a position to do it right. I didn’t want her to settle for anything less than what she envisioned for her dream proposal. In addition, it was important that I earned her family’s trust. I wanted to show them that Melinda was safe with me; that I was committed to making her happy for the rest of my life. I knew it was time when I spoke with Melinda’s parents and asked for permission to marry Melinda; and without a moment of hesitation, both eagerly granted me their blessing.

Melinda: I knew that I wanted to get married since I first learned that Ciara’s last name is Lilly. I knew I wanted that last name. So I’ve been waiting a long time! But I think the timing is right for where we are in our lives and what we’ve had to go through to get here. In retrospect, it was also important for me to earn her family’s trust and show them how I love Ciara. The stability that we’ve created, both fiscally and emotionally helps to keep us sane during tough or busy times.

 

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BL3: The proposal was really amazing. Did you both plan it or did Ciara plan it alone?

Ciara: It was a complete surprise to Melinda. For six months, I planned our surprise engagement party. I compiled a list of Melinda’s favorite things, stuff like: her favorite color, her favorite songs, her favorite foods, etc. Then, I established a game plan, which required the help of a lot of people, including Melinda’s brother and sister.

The plan, as Melinda understood it, was that on December 28, Melinda’s family (mom, brother, sister, step-dad and aunt) would join us for a family dinner at my uncle’s house. This would be the first time our families would meet.

But on December 28, with her family riding along, we made a stop at a local wine shop called Vin Master, to pick up a bottle of wine for our “family dinner”. When Melinda walked in, she was greeted by 30 of our closest family and friends. See, I had reached out to all her friends via Facebook inviting them to join us on December 28. I had even flown her dad down from New York to surprise her. He was the first person she saw walking in.

As she walked around the venue, greeting friends and family, she soon realized that there was a family dinner after all. I had hired a personal chef to prepare all of her favorite foods. On each table, she saw decorations that I found on her Pinterest page. All the flowers were her favorite flowers. The wines, provided by Vin Master, were all sweet wines, which are her favorites.

So imagine trying to process this all. And then, out of nowhere, one of your favorite songs comes on and random people get up and start dancing. She’s looking around, she’s looking at me, and then it clicks, this is a flash mob. The exact thing she said she wanted when we discussed her dream proposal.

After the flash mob concludes, out walks an Emmy-nominated poet, Bluz, who I had worked with to write a personalized poem about us. Inside his poem, she’s hearing things that only we would know about our relationship. Like the time we were both unemployed and we only had $10 leftover in our budget to last us a month. Or how I once asked her if she would live with me in a cardboard box, because times were so rough and I didn’t know how we were going to fix it; but I knew that if we stayed together, even in a cardboard box, that we could make it through anything.

As Bluz concluded his poem, and Melinda and our guests are wiping tears, the last line goes, “If I ask you…” He hands me the ring box, I take Melinda by her hand and bring her in front of all our guests to ask her, “Will you marry me?”

She says, “Yes,” and, well, the rest is history.

 

Click here for PART 2 OF THIS INTERVIEW Plus the ENGAGEMENT VIDEO!

Bathini & Portia’s South African Engagement Party Held at Church

Bathini and Portia's pastor pray for the happy couple. Photo courtesy of Zanele Muholi

Bathini and Portia’s pastor pray for the happy couple. Photo courtesy of Zanele Muholi

Bathini Dambuza and Portia Dludlu recently celebrated their engagement in South Africa. I found the story on Zanele Muholi’s blog. The photographer documents the South African LGBT community. Three things made this beautiful couple’s engagement party stand out for me:

  1. The couple was dressed to the nines. They both treated their engagement announcement as something extra special and that is reflected in their very sharp outfits. Portia was dressed in an off-white, floor-length dress and Bathini wore a very nice black suit! There was no doubt that this was a special occasion that deserved celebration. Marriage is a big deal and the rituals surrounding it should reflect that! Love should always be celebrated!
  2. The party took place in church! Granted it is an LGBT church, but it is a church nonetheless. Far too many LGBTQ people feel they have to choose between God and love. For many people faith is an integral part of a successful union and having that extra level of support from their church brothers and sisters is critical. Instead of hiding their long-term partners like so many LGBT people do who attend non-affirming churches, Bathini and Portia’s love was embraced. The two were blessed and the preacher spoke about what a successful relationship looks like.
  3. They were surrounded by other happy, married, lesbian couples. I personally believe that some of what made my relationships so difficult was not having other, happy lesbian couples to turn to for support, encouragement and advice. The adage that it takes a village does not only apply to childrearing, it applies to life period. We cannot make it through this life alone. It’s so important to build loving and trustworthy relationships with other couples too. We should always support love whenever possible.

Congratulations Bathini and Portia, may you continue to choose love every day!   Click here to read the full story of their engagement.   Enjoy their photos in the slideshow below!

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Ferguson Activists Alexis & Brittany Tie the Knot

Brittany and Alexis exchange a kiss.

Brittany and Alexis exchange a kiss.

Alexis (@musicoverpeople) and Brittany (@bdoulaoblongata) are the very definition of revolutionary love. The two young, black, lesbians met and fell in love 130 days ago while protesting the injustice of Mike Brown’s death at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo. The activists took to Twitter and Vine to announce their engagement and to share moments from their wedding.

The two, Brittany in a red dress and Alexis in a red turtleneck, married Tuesday, December 16 at St. Louis city hall with the support of friends and a local city counselor.

Congratulations to the activist lovebirds who are dedicated to annihilating all forms of oppression.

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Gallery: Shawnte and Tavia Celebrate Their Love at Home

Shawnte and Tavia celebrated their love in their Maryland home. Photos by Ashlee Nikole Photography

Shawnte and Tavia celebrated their love in their Maryland home. Photos by Ashlee Nikole Photography

Shawnte and Tavia recently enjoyed a fall wedding with friends and family in their District Heights, Maryland home. They said the most exciting thing about that day was having an opportunity to share our love with our friends and family. They share more about falling in love and their wedding below:

Black Lesbian Love Lab (BL3): How did you meet?

Shawnte and Tavia: We have a mutual friend in L.A., but we connected on Facebook.

BL3: What attracted you to each other?

Shawnte: I liked that Tavia is beautiful, very firm and set boundaries.

Tavia: I liked that Shawnte has a great sense of humor and is very intelligent.

BL3: How long have you been together?

Shawnte and Tavia: 1 year and 3 months.

BL3: Would you say this was a whirlwind romance then?

Shawnte: Mmmmm we just “got” each other. Felt like we knew each other forever. We decided after committing to a relationship that this was it for us.

BL3: Why did you decide to get married?

Shawnte and Tavia: We couldn’t imagine life without one another. Our bond is unbreakable.

BL3: Tell us a bit about your wedding day. What made it special?

Shawnte and Tavia: Our theme was jazz in the fall and we got married outside with the beautiful fall foliage. All of our friends and family were there to help us celebrate and that made our day extremely special.

BL3: What wedding traditions did you keep and which ones did you get rid of and why?

Shawnte and Tavia: Well, we did not see each other before the wedding and we did not throw the bouquet because it was made out of steel 🙂

BL3: Those blue shoes are the truth!

Shawnte: That was our “something blue.” I changed my shoes two days before the wedding. Had them shipped next day.

BL3: Where was the wedding and reception held?

Shawnte and Tavia: We got married in our beautiful backyard and because of the rain, the reception was in our home.

BL3: How did it feel to exchange vows? Did you write your own vows?

Shawnte: I was nervous, longwinded and very emotional.

Tavia: She was very calm and quick. We wrote our own vows.

BL3: When was your actual wedding date and why did you choose that date?

Shawnte and Tavia: Oct 11, 2014. It’s between our birthdays.

Enjoy more photos from their special day in the slideshow below.

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Click here to see even more photos from their special day. The couple was also highlighted in Autostraddle’s list of “21 Queer and Trans Couples of Color that Make our Hearts Flutter.”

Slide Show: Andrea and Elizabeth’s Marriage Recognized in 30 States

Andrea and Elizabeth Swanby's marriage was recognized in their home state of Idaho and their new state of Arizona.

Andrea and Elizabeth Swanby’s marriage was recognized in their home state of Idaho and their new state of Arizona.

I loved reading about Andrea and Elizabeth on the Freedom to Marry website. The couple’s story was especially touching because they never expected their marriage to be recognized in two particular states–Idaho, Andrea’s home state, and Arizona, where they currently live. In fact they  legally married in California and had a wedding ceremony in Idaho.

Andrea also believed for a long time that her relatives would not accept their relationship, as her family is largely made up of conservative Mormons. However, she was proven wrong when her aunts, uncles, and grandparents all came to the wedding. “What is shocking for a lot of people in Idaho is that my family is Mormon and so accepting of our marriage,” she said.

“We did have our big beautiful wedding with all our supportive friends and family alongside us,” Andrea said. “We just needed Idaho to recognize what everyone around us does–that our marriage truly is traditional, loving, and equal: If my family can see love is love, so can Idaho!”

Andrea and Elizabeth met about four years ago through a mutual friend and have been inseparable since they began dating – they haven’t even spent more than a week apart in that time. “We have the same goals and vision,” Andrea said. “We balance each other out entirely. I laugh so hard I cry with her, and she knows what I’m going to say before I say it.”

Congratulations to this beautiful couple and enjoy photos from their wedding in the slideshow below.

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