Apple Orchard Summer Wedding: Megan & Tristia
August 1, 2015
Megan and Tristia met through a mutual friend. Tristia briefly dated a good friend of Megan’s. When both became single, that same friend insisted that the two were perfect for each other. While it took them a little longer to recognize it, they eventually realized she was right.
Tristia proposed over the 4th of July holiday in 2014 on Mackinak Island. She took Megan to the top of the island at a gorgeous lookout. The whole way up Megan protested because she was tired and wanted to go back to town. As it turns out, it was well worth the walk.
The brides chose their venue for its outdoor ceremony and reception site. The setting was beautiful and perfect for their special day. The venue allowed the couple the freedom to do what worked for them, and expressed that they were comfortable with the two women as a couple.
Megan and Tristia started planning about a year before the wedding. They were planning to approach the event in a more relaxed manner, but found that many venues were already booked. They wanted a simple, yet pretty wedding. After choosing the site, they turned to the selection of a photographer. It was important that he or she be LGBT-friendly, and it took a lot of Internet searching to locate one. Many were out of the couple’s budget, or were already booked. They were very excited to find RKH Images.
When the summer of the wedding hit, the planning took a “mad rush” sort of turn. They relied on consignment shops and a lot of DIY projects. Tristia made all of the table centerpiece boxes, and her mom arranged all of the flowers. They hand-lettered all of the signs and printed the tattoos. They wanted many alternatives to dancing, so they spent time playing games outside, relaxing by the fire, dancing and petting the animals at the petting zoo.
The best part of the day was realizing how great their family and friends are. They had such a great experience with supportive loved ones. A lesbian friend commented on how great it was to see both sets of parents present and happy for the couple. This made them realize that they had taken for granted something that many couples don’t have.
The brides didn’t get hung up on traditions. They both wear dresses and their dads walked them down the aisle, but they decided to forego the cake and cake cutting, arranging for family and friends to make bars for them instead. It was so special to have an amazing selection of desserts made by all of the important women in their lives.
Their advice for other couples would be to “do what you want.” They suggested that you’re already throwing out tradition by having a lesbian wedding, so embrace those things that are important to you as a couple, and have your own amazing wedding day.
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Photographer: RKH Images // Invitation Designer: Birchwood Marketing //Dress Store: Bride to Be Consignment // Shoes: Converse // Ring Designer: Diamonds Direct // Dress Designer: Encore // Other Location: Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard //
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.