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Episcopalian Vows: Liz & Roza

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Liz & Roza had attended Emmanuel Episcopal Church together for about a year and a half before they got married there on Sept. 14, 2013, in front of 90 friends and family members.

Their ceremony blended the traditional wedding liturgy with some very personal touches. For the processional, each bride was escorted down the aisle by her parents, where they hugged. Then each bride walked to a chapel on opposite sides of the altar and waited. “Then the rector motioned for use to emerge from the chapels, join hands at the center of the altar and walk towards the congregation together as equals,” the brides explained.

The brides also personalized their bridal parties. Instead of having individuals, they had “bridal families,” including their siblings with their families. “Each family is a special unit and all of them were important to us,” the brides said. They held their reception at the church, and the DJ kept their guests on the dance floor.

Their first dance was one of their favorite moments of the day. For their caterer, their chose Petite Feasts, whose work they were already familiar with from prior functions at the church. Not only did the brides love her food, but they also appreciated the caterer’s commitment to local, sustainable and seasonal cuisine. “She listened to our ideas during early collaborations and did a fantastic job,” the brides said.

Roza took the lead on coordinating the logistics, although both women were heavily involved in planning all the details. For them, the best part of wedding planning was receiving help from their moms, best friends, sisters, and bridal families. Liz’s sister even made her a CD for her to listen to as she got ready on her wedding day. The brides only wish they’d asked for help earlier in the planning process!

Their biggest piece of advice for newly engaged couples? “Put time aside together on a weekly or daily basis so you can chip away at the planning.  Start planning as soon as you have a date.”

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer:  tPoz Photography // Floral Designer: Awesome Blossom // Makeup Artist: Bobbi Brown at Nordstrom // Hair Stylist: Bubbles Hair Salon // Other Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church // DJ: John Durham Deejay // Equipment Rentals: Loane Bros., Inc. // Caterer: Petite Feast // Cinema and Video: Red Moon Productions // Bakery: SugarBakers

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.

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