Join Us for Marriage Equality’s First Birthday!

Meghan Rolfe Photography

[Photo by Meghan Rolfe Photography]

Can you believe the one-year anniversary of marriage equality is almost upon us? As you can imagine, for a website dedicated to LGBTQ weddings, it’s pretty much like Christmas wrapped in everyone’s birthday and sealed with the 4th of July.

In other words, we’re getting ready to celebrate in a major way, but we want to make sure we include you in the party. After all, it’s you all who inspire us everyday with your beautiful stories of love and justice. Take Valarie and Heather, college sweethearts who waited nearly 10 years to be married in their home state of North Carolina. Or Kyle and Kaylan, who married in their adopted home of Washington, DC (seen here in a gorgeous styled shoot) when marriage equality wasn’t recognized in their home states in the South.

That’s why we’re celebrating marriage equality by proclaiming our #WeDoLove moments. We realize that before anyone utters “I do,” marriage is about the “we”—togetherness, community and friends and family who show up for love. We know why #WeDoLove, but for marriage equality’s first birthday, we want you to tell us why you “do love.”

Entering is really simple. Just tell us how you feel in a short, self-filmed video (use your iPhone, laptop or even a downloaded Snapchat), then upload it here. That’s it! We’ll compile your videos and create a celebratory video fitting for this momentous anniversary.

And, just to be clear, any and everyone is open to celebrating #WeDoLove! Whether you’re single, engaged, partnered, been married for years and years—or anything in between—we want to hear what you think. Your perspectives, support and hard work are what got us this far, and we want to acknowledge a variety of opinions and heartfelt statements.

So join us! Shoot a quick video by yourself, with family or friends, pets, strangers or whoever’s around and upload it today. We can’t wait to see you!

Although I've spent the last decade riffing on everything from suburban politics to race in media, documenting love stories as content manager of GayWeddings.com definitely takes the cake. A proud alumna of Howard University's journalism program, I've written for Parents.com, The Huffington Post, xoJane and Essence magazine. When I'm not writing, I'm debating the merits of Drake, obsessing over frozen yogurt or plotting my next international adventure. I want to feature you on GayWeddings.com! Always feel free to drop me a line at community [at] gayweddings.com to share your engagement, wedding and love stories.