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Beverly Hills Wedding: Jonathan & Andrew

Derek Chad Photography

Oct. 8, 2016

Jonathan and Andrew met in the most conventional, millennial way: online. Andrew messaged Jonathan right as he was moving back to LA for the second time.

At first, Jonathan didn’t know what to think of this guy who was both highly into musical theater and into sports. Jonathan is somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, and still can’t fully relate to those passions. However, on their first date, they clicked instantly, learning many things that they did have in common, like a desire to travel and to see the world.

They ended up going on four dates that week, as Andrew was leaving to perform for a whole summer in Utah. They video chatted every single day that summer and when he returned, well…the rest is history!

Derek Chad Photography

Andrew proposed to Jonathan on New Year’s Day at 12 a.m. Andrew worked until 7 p.m., so they rushed to their dinner reservation. Afterwards, they went home to watch the ball drop on TV. When the clock struck midnight, Andrew gave Jonathan a cupcake from a favorite bakery. When Jonathan opened the box, there was a sugar ring on top instead of the normal sugar button. Jonathan realized there was something different going on. Andrew got down on one knee and pulled the real ring out. He was so nervous and excited that after saying a bunch of sweet things that one says during a proposal, he stopped talking. Jonathan then asked, “Don’t you have something to ask me?” Andrew then laughed and said, “Of course! Will you marry me?” Jonathan said, “Yes!” with a huge smile on his face!

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Andrew and Jonathan chose their venue because it was easy, but elegant. The ability to use the “Oak Room” for the ceremony and have the reception in the adjacent main dining room was highly appealing. The food at the restaurant is super delicious and a great value.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Jonathan and Andrew decided to keep the wedding small and simple. A few of the superficial details that are special included special accents for their attire and close friends singing deeply emotional songs during the ceremony. They valued celebrating the beginning of the next chapter of their lives together with their close friends and family, many of whom traveled great distances to be there for the couple.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

The newlyweds honeymooned in Europe: Paris, Zurich, the Swiss Alps, Florence and Rome. It was wonderful. They got to experience different cultures, history, food, and so many beautiful sights.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Jonathan would recommend to other couples to “be yourself in your planning and don’t get too hung up on the little things that only you will notice. Prioritize the things that matter the most to each of you and for everything else feel free to spend less or skip it! As a same-sex couple we felt even freer to leave or take the traditions we liked. For example we skipped a wedding party and boutonnieres, but we kept traditional vows and added some personal ones as well.

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Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Photo Booth Equipment: Derek Chad Photography // Reception Venue: Lawry’s The Prime Rib // Cake Designer: Sheila Mae

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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