Our relationship leading up to the day Mariel proposed to me was “normal” in every way. But I’m sure you can imagine that once we started trying to plan a lesbian wedding in Texas, we came into some hurdles! Think about it — two brides. I don’t think I need to say any more than just those two words: Two brides!!
Initially we thought about eloping to bypass all the imagined drama but then realized we could swing it and that we should. So we did!
The wedding was held on October 7th in Austin, TX and the morning after we flew to NYC for our honeymoon / legal wedding. As you can see from the photos, our theme was “simple & natural.”
As young professionals, we aren’t rollin in the dough so we made a budget and stuck to it! It was hard but we made payments, cut back in other areas and in the end it was worth it. Our centerpieces were used wine, beer and drink glass bottles that we saved up for months. The table runners we bought off Craigslist for a portion of the price it would have been to rent them and the bows on our chairs were re-used from my sisters wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help and to donate their used stuff! Also, to help offset the honeymoon costs we created a really easy and free honeymoon registry. At the end of the day, most of the gifts we received were purchased through there!
Our family & friends traveled from all over the country to be with us even though we held it on a Monday. [having a wedding on a weekday is a big money saver] Our main goal of the wedding was to have our guests feel our love. Everybody who attended told us it was their first gay marriage. It was ours too! However, marriage is marriage — us being gay makes no difference. The commitment is all the same.
Thank you to everybody who was there for us and helped to make our day special. We had co-workers, family, friends and vendors who pitched in and gave us things on-the-house or volunteered in awesome ways. Many of the things you see were DIY that my wife and I spent countless hours laboring over. Other things like the flower arrangements, were arranged by many hands! For all of you who helped or showed up we are eternally grateful.
Our vendors: Venue: Mercury Hall | Photography: Austin Queer Weddings | Vivi’s Dress: Unbridaled | Linens: Premiere Party Central | Flowers: Sam’s Club | DJ: Capital City DJ | Cakes: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop | Food: El Alma | Donuts: Round Rock Donuts