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Intimate Sonoma County Farm Wedding: Graham & Ryan

Derek Chad Photography

July 29, 2016

Graham and Ryan met playing darts at a saloon in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. Graham was smitten at first sight and convinced Ryan to give him a chance with a date to see a ball game at Wrigley Field. Both wanted their marriage to be legal in all 50 states, so after the 2015 Supreme Court ruling, they knew it was time to take the next step.

The grooms wanted a destination wedding, and their good friends Paula and Stacey had recently purchased a farm in Sonoma County, California. Their friends graciously agreed to host their wedding.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Planning the wedding was exhausting. While it was challenging and nerve-wracking at times, though, it was also quite enjoyable. They had support from their Best Woman who had recently planned her own wedding and pitched in with great ideas. She created the custom signs and procured the pashmina wraps given to guests. As it ended up quite cool the evening of the wedding, it was a good thing she did!

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Catering was an easy choice. A roadhouse near the farm had a food truck, so the decision was obvious. The farm manager is a genius with flowers, and while it took some research, once they found their photographer they knew they had the perfect team.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Graham and Ryan’s wedding was a spectacular evening with 40 of their closest family and friends. Among their favorite memories were their vows, and shedding tears during the ceremony, along with the horses that photobombed the family photos. They danced the night away in a specially lit barn and even enjoyed a campfire.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

To other couples, Graham and Ryan would offer the following advice: “Don’t over complicate it. Understand what your fiancé envisions and then say yes. Don’t sweat the money, it really is a once in a lifetime experience and you won’t regret going a bit overboard or over budget to include some very special details. One final note, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out etiquette for same-sex weddings, but finally realized we have a chance to create new traditions that reflect our own, unique journeys.”

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Groomsman Attire: Brooksbrother’s // Equipment Rentals: Fancy Flush // Transportation:  Pure Luxury Transportation // Caterer: Fork – Food Truck, Sebastopol, CA  // Event Planner: Stacy Noble // Apparel: Thomas Pink Socks // Jewelry:  Tiffany & Co. // Event Venue: Woodshed Farm

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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