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Two Photographers for Two Brides

Monday, April 4th, 2016

I learn something new every wedding, but same-sex weddings have offered me some creative twists in my wedding planning education. The first time I had a lesbian wedding with two diva brides, I learned the hard way.

With a bride and a groom, there’s no competition for the photographers – the groom only wants to be in as many pictures as the bride puts him in. He’s not looking to have a lens in his face while he’s dressing. But when you have a same-sex wedding with two brides wearing wedding gowns — or even two brides who are divas in their own right — you need more than one camera shooting in two places at the same time.

Check out my blog in Pridezillas that explains my experience and my logic behind this recommendation. Learn from my mistakes, don’t repeat them.

Happy wedding planning from Sandy Malone Weddings & Events!

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional home and destination wedding planning company, and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms. Sandy is the star of TLC’s reality show “Wedding Island,” about her destination wedding planning company Weddings in Vieques. She is an internationally syndicated wedding blogger for The Huffington Post and BRIDES, as well as a reality-TV blogger for Monsters and Critics.

Sandy’s new book “How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional,” was published in March of 2016, and is available everywhere books are sold. Her podcast “Wedding Reality Check with Sandy Malone” is posted twice weekly on iHeartRadio. Sandy Pink Dressnew

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: YJM Photography, San Francisco, California

Monday, November 25th, 2013

YJM Photography, Oakland, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in San Francisco, CA, USA. Yves Mozelsio of YJM Photography, has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. He has been named by the Knot as one of the most creative wedding photographers in Northern California. Recently, he was awarded the 2013 WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award – Top 5% in the industry.

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The BIG Mistake I Made at the First Big Lesbian Wedding I Planned on Vieques

Monday, October 21st, 2013

I have planned several lesbian weddings, but all of them were rather intimate groups, and in each case, only one of the brides was actually decked out in a whole wedding gown and veil ensemble.  The other bride wore a more masculine outfit – pants in every case.  What I didn’t realize was how telling this was about the personalities of my clients, and their feelings about their wedding day.  Simply put – when a girl puts on a wedding gown, lesbian or straight, she wants to be THE princess of the day.  So in the previous lesbian weddings I’ve planned, one bride was THE BRIDE and the other stood a bit in her shadow.  It’s the same with gay weddings for the most part.  In many cases I know which groom is the “bride” months before I meet the in person just based on the requests they make during planning.  But we’re talking about lesbians today…

Okay, seems simple, right?  Regardless of sexual preference, most wedding couples take on the “traditional” bride and groom roles a little bit.  And it usually works out well, except when it didn’t.  I recently planned my first large lesbian wedding and both of the brides wore wedding gowns, and both brides had full bridal parties, and I even had to send in two separate beauty teams to two separate villas while they dressed and got beautiful.  From a wedding planning perspective, it was like doing two weddings at one time.

Both girls wanted pictures taken while they were dressing and both wanted the photographer around while they were being silly with their girlfriends and as a result, the photographer was hopping between villas and feeling like she wasn’t getting all that she wanted of anything.  I felt terrible for her!  I realized my error right then and there – if you have two brides who don’t want to see each other on the wedding day, you NEED TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover the wedding.  Plain and simple.

And it didn’t end with the ceremony – oh no, that was the beginning.  Usually, gay or straight, the guys want to get the pictures over with and get to the bar with their friends as quickly as possible.  But not brides.  If it’s your day to be a princess, you want to feel like one – and have it documented properly.  Meaning, again, you really need two photographers to get complete sets of formal bridal portraits, extensive shots with the separate wedding parties, and lots of special mix and match shots with your families.

Beautiful wedding ceremony for Amy Kjeldahl and Jillian Garcia in August 2013.

Beautiful wedding ceremony for Amy Kjeldahl and Jillian Garcia in August 2013.

The brides were gorgeous and they totally deserved to have all the bells and whistles for their special day – and I believe they got them.  I just wish I’d foreseen the potential conflict of interest using one photographer with two brides.  It wasn’t like the brides had seen it coming either – we never even discussed double photogs.  But I’m the professional wedding planner and I take responsibility – I should have known better.

I don’t think the photographer shortage destroyed the wedding weekend by any stretch – they had a fabulous time, dancing to tunes rocked by their imported DJ Shawna, and thoroughly enjoying the food and beverages they’d so carefully planned.  I haven’t seen the professional shots, but the ones we took were fantastic.   Ironically, although the brides hadn’t seen each other’s dresses before they met at the end of the aisle, they complimented one another beautifully.  But I certainly learned a lesson and next time I’ve got two wedding gowns at one wedding, I’m going to make sure I have two photographers waiting.

Two happy brides with beautiful dresses, hair and flowers!

Two happy brides with beautiful dresses, hair and flowers!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy

Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a full-service destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island, seven miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.  She is also the star of TLC’s new reality wedding show “Wedding Island,” premiering July 17, 2013 at 10 pm ET/PT.  Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 400 weddings in the Spanish Virgin Islands.  Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events.  She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004.  Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas.  She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada.  Sandy is also the owner of Weddings in Culebra (wedding planning on Vieques’ little sister island), Flowers in Vieques (a full service floral and décor firm), and Boutique in Vieques (a clothing and home décor shop).  Sandy has a regular column on the Huffington Post  and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients!

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Sara+Ryan Photography, Los Angeles

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Sara+Ryan Photography - Los AngelesPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Los Angeles, CA, USA. We are an editorial/journalistic lifestyle photo team. Our style combines the aesthetics of photo journalism, creative fine art, and lifestyle photography for an awesome creative editorial look. Just think “Creative technique with a photo journalistic approach.” We love the candid, emotional and objective nature of photojournalism, the creative uniqueness and beauty of fine art, and the story and reflection of lifestyle photography. Our personal working style is relaxed, free flowing, genuine, fun, and intimate.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Peak Photography, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Peak Photography - Banff, Alberta, CanadaAt Peak Photography, we believe that when you find your true love and soul mate, it’s a gift.

Weddings for same-sex couples have been legally recognized in Alberta, Canada since 2005, and couples from all over the world have traveled to the Canadian Rockies to make their commitment to one another with a legal bond.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: D. Brooke Photography, Antelope, California

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

D. Brooke Photography, Antelope, CaliforniaD. Brooke Photography works with same sex couples to make them the star of their own wedding day – and we’re very sensitive to our clients’ needs.

We’ll help you commemorate your wedding day, capturing the style of your wedding and the memories of your friends and family who gather around you on this special day. We’ll present your wedding day in an elegant wedding album that will make you smile with delight every time you open it and enjoy your pictures together.

We love photogtaphing gay and lesbian weddings, and enjoy finding those intimate moments at every wedding that the happy couple will cherish for years to come. We work hard to capture all the events and feelings of your wedding day, unobtrusively. We would be honored if you chose us to document your day.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Cheryl Levine Photography, Boston

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

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Cheryl Levine Photography, BostonDocumenting weddings, for 15 years, has been a privilege! I have met so many wonderful people, and I’ve had the opportunity to shoot in amazing locations!

My approach is to capture the moment, without interrupting it. This is achieved in a few ways…knowing light and composition…and finally, having a connection with my clients. When all three components come together, the true “candid” is achieved.

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