Puppy Love in White & Gold: Brooke & Lauren’s Festive Wedding
Sept. 19, 2015
Not all great loves stories start at first sight. Brooke and Lauren met in February 2010, at a photo shoot, and both thought that the other’s clothes looked absolutely awful. Lauren thought Brooke’s half-shaved head and leopard dress were obnoxious, and Brooke thought Lauren’s sweats (that she changed into after her photos were taken) were not something a person should wear in public. Impressions improved at the party thrown for the photoshoot participants. An evening of drinks, a Facebook message and a few weeks later the two went on their first date.
As with many same-sex proposals, Brooke and Lauren’s was hardly spontaneous. They discussed their proposal ahead of time and concluded that Lauren would propose to Brooke because Lauren didn’t particularly care to have the experience of being proposed to. When they began talking about marriage, they went to an antique and custom jewelry store to look at rings. They built a relationship with the jeweler and ended up picking the perfect one for Brooke.
Surprising Brooke is basically impossible. Lauren knew that the only way to catch her off guard was by getting her the second she woke up in the morning.
Lauren set up large prints made of photos of the two of them and filled the living room with candles. She tried, but failed, to get flowers – every place was closed that early. She played “I Think I Love You” by Dwele, which had special meaning to the two of them as a couple. Then she waited for Brooke to get up.
But, Brooke didn’t get out of bed! She was sick and wanted to rest. Once she did, Lauren proposed, and of course, Brooke said yes.
Brooke and Lauren included their “perfect, wonderful obsession/dog,” Jelly, in their wedding party. Their florist created a wreath to go over his collar. He looked beautiful and so happy trotting down the aisle, even if the wedding ceremony was so boring that he fell asleep on the train of Lauren’s dress. Since the wedding date was his fourth birthday, they had everyone sing “Happy Birthday” to him during their ceremony and when Lauren’s dad told them to “kiss your one true love,” they both ran over to Jelly to kiss him first. A registered therapy dog, Jelly was unshaken by the crowds, music, and excitement.
One of Brooke and Lauren’s favorite wedding details was the lighting installed in the venue for their event. From day one, they were set on having a “light curtain” as the background for their ceremony and having vintage lights draped across the ceiling of the space. Even though their budget fought back, the lights were pretty much non-negotiable. They were spectacular.
The planning experience was rough at times. It definitely tested their relationship. They found it imperative to give and take and to accept that their ideas were a little more eclectic than they originally expected.
The brides offered a lot of great advice to other same-sex couples. “For starters,” they suggested, “some some vendors aren’t prepared to meet with two brides or two grooms, or anyone other than what they consider the norm. We prepped for this by announcing our relationship in our introduction emails, which usually, but not always, made in-person meet-ups smoother.” Identifying the right vendors was critical. They continued, “When vendors used surveys that didn’t include terms like “significant other” and only had heteronormative descriptors, we pretty much scratched them off the list. Determine ahead of time how you will handle that situation if/when you run into it. You don’t have to use vendors that aren’t inclusive or don’t make you and your significant other feel like your best selves.”
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Photographer: Jenna Bascom Event & Editorial Photography // Wedding Planner/Coordinator: This Modern Love Events // Venue: Washington Club / Flowers: Floral Design by Melissa // Cake Baker: Sweet Maria’s // Hairstylist: Jennifer Kinford Beauty Group // Makeup Artist: Melissa D. Artistry // Photobooth: Studio Z Photobooths // Lighting: Social Décor // DJ: Natural State of Dance // DJ: DJ TRX // Calligraphy: Miranda Hughes