15 Gorgeous LGBT Weddings From 2015

What a year for marriage, huh? We were blown away by all the LGBT wedding submissions we received here at GayWeddings.com—big affairs, small dinners, religious and secular, dressed up and totally dressed down. It’s clear LGBTQ couples are nailing the whole wedding thing, and we can’t let 2015 get away without celebrating all of our couples. 

Because we’re crazy about the number 15, here are just a few of the gorgeous weddings we’ve featured. See every wedding we published this year here. And, if you got married this year, or plan on it next year, send us your engagement or wedding photos

1. Jerrold & Drew, Beverly Hills, California


The Beverly Hills Courthouse was not only a beautiful venue, but also held special significance for grooms Jerrold and Drew—it’s a place created to serve all citizens. The couple joined in an emotional ceremony before celebrating with supportive family and friends and a colorful cake. {Photos by Rachel Goble




2. Christine & Ashley, Dallas, Texas


These two beautiful brides brought it for their golf club wedding—all of it, from the style to the elegance to the fun to some of the top wedding trends of 2015. We loved seeing so much of their personality shine through the wedding! {Photos by Tim Kyle Photography}




3. Mike & Jack, Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs may be the most popular destination for our couples, yet each PS wedding we feature looks and feels so distinct. Mike and Jack really brought the fun to the desert, while preserving an elegant style. {Photos by Matthew David

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4. Rachel & Jenn, San Francisco, California


City hall weddings never cease to amaze and thrill us. In many cities, these government buildings are some of the most beautiful venues around—steeped in history and open to all. Rachel and Jenn’s San Francisco City Hall ceremony was perfect for the brides, who wanted amazing photos with minimal fuss. {Photos by IQ Photo



5. Michael & Thomas, Newport, Rhode Island


These grooms’ travel-themed wedding was the perfect reflection of their tastes and interests. Wanting to keep their wedding masculine, Michael & Thomas decorated with spinning globes and gifted their guests with “giving keys” inscribed with encouraging words. {Photos by Eric Brushett Photography



6. Kayla & Tawsha, Rancho Cucamonga, California


Tawsha wanted a romantic, garden wedding, and it’s clear she got her wish! The brides took full advantage of the stately beauty of The Christmas House and its blooming garden. {Photos by Summer Shea Photography



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7. Felix & Eric, Palm Springs, California


Every couple chooses Palm Springs for a different reason. For Eric and Felix, they were attracted to the whimsy and style of the city, and wanted to capture that in their wedding. From matching purple Chuck Taylor sneakers to bright flowers to lush, deep plum-colored textiles, the grooms brought their own personality to a place already bursting with personality. {Photos by Myke & Teri Photography



8. Jess & Erika, Zionsville, Indiana 


There isn’t any aspect of these brides’ beautiful barn wedding we don’t totally love. These gorgeous brides—Jess and Erika—combined elements of rustic weddings with minimalist glamour, evident in the bright wedding colors, strung lights throughout and rustic glam details. {Photos by Jessika Feltz Photography



9. Gabriel and Pavana, Boston, Massachusetts


Intent on realizing a traditional Hindu wedding that honored Pavana’s South Indian heritage, the grooms’ ceremony was officiated by a Hindi priest and both sets of parents were honored. A wedding cake in the shape of the Taj Mahal fed the couple’s guests while a traditional Bharatanatyam dancer entertained. {Photos by Thuy Pham Photography



10. Ashleigh & Erika, Adelphi, Maryland


There were only a few things these brides knew they needed to have for their Washington, DC area wedding: the color pink, great photography and lots of fun. From the lip synching contest to the cocktail-style setup that encouraged dancing and interaction, Ashleigh and Erika nailed it. {Photos by Exclamation Imagery


11. Ricky & Brian, Catonsville, Maryland


From the decision to host a breakfast-time wedding to the Lego decorations, every aspect of Ricky and Brian’s celebration in suburban Baltimore was a testament to their personality and relationship. The grooms delighted guests at their historic mansion venue with Godiva favors as well. {Photos by Crystal Image Photography



12. Janah & Lauren, San Luis Obispo, California


Considering these two met at a food festival while they were both working in the food industry, it’s no wonder Janah and Lauren’s California winter wedding was a foodie’s dream. The brides incorporated lots of different food and dessert vendors at their elegant, barn wedding. {Photos by Flora + Fauna

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13. Philip & Ryan, Palm Springs, California


Our third and final Palm Springs wedding is a burst of bright inspiration. Grooms Philip and Ryan worked with a classic white palette with pops of happy yellow and accents of black. The result is chic, fun and completely befitting of their glamorous venue. {Photos by Christine Arnold Photography



14. Valarie & Heather, Outer Banks, North Carolina


Ten years after falling for each other on a college Spring Break trip, these beautiful brides returned to the beach for a nautical-themed wedding. After their beach ceremony, Valarie and Heather were joined by friends and family for a fun-filled reception that the women crafted themselves, choosing not to include traditions that didn’t suit them. {Photos by CSaul Photography



15. Danni & January, Sonoma, California


Pinwheels served as the inspiration behind this colorful, fun-filled wine country wedding. Grooms Danni and January’s whimsical style permeated the entire ceremony—from the wedding party’s matching bow ties and suspenders to the artful table settings. {Photos by LetLove Photography


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