Purple Tutus, Two Brides and Their Adorable Baby Girl: Sonja & Elizabeth’s Wedding
Sept. 26, 2015
Sonja and Elizabeth met through a mutual friend. Elizabeth was visiting Chicago and Sonja was in town for a wedding reception. Elizabeth was set to meet up with their mutual friend when Sonja mistook her for someone else, went downstairs to meet her, gave her the most amazing hug and asked if Elizabeth wanted to get a drink. During their conversation, they discovered the fateful mistake, but it was too late. At breakfast the next morning, Sonja said she knew Elizabeth was going to be her wife. They started dating after the trip.
Elizabeth proposed in 2014. Sonja travels for work and Elizabeth was living in Portland, Oregon. Usually Sonja would fly to Seattle for business and Elizabeth would meet her there. Elizabeth never thought she would propose to anyone, so she set about thinking how she could incorporate things they both loved in Seattle into her proposal.
After a couple’s massage and time at the EMP, a renowned music museum, they returned to their hotel where Elizabeth had a map of the United States marked with all of the places they had been together during their long-distance relationship.
When Sonja entered the candle-lit room, Elizabeth told her their story, then poured some of Sonja’s favorite wine from a customized bottle that said, “Will you marry me?” She handed Sonja a glass and got down on two knees (she was too nervous to propose on one), then asked her to marry her.
When choosing a venue, Elizabeth searched the internet for “gay friendly” and found the historic and quaint house. It was in their price range and perfectly sized for their party. The site manager was also very sweet.
The brides eloped five months before their reception. Sonja wanted their vows to be private and sacred, just between the two of them. While Elizabeth never had plans for a wedding, she did want a reception because the party was always the fun part to her.
Elizabeth was the planner and since she was new to Atlanta, she did a lot of research, attended a same-sex wedding expo and relied on recommendations from vendors. She found DIY design elements online to help their décor meet their budget expectations. Their dessert bar was courtesy of a fellow mom Elizabeth met in a mom’s group. Sonja even found their bartender at the airport during one of her work trips!
The family’s outfits were among the couple’s favorite details. They wanted to wear something fun that highlighted their personalities and that was comfortable for their daughter, Samantha. Elizabeth loves tutus and Sonja likes tennis shoes, so they incorporated both. Purple happened to be the color that Elizabeth had chosen for her hair for the fall so it became their reception color as well.
Elizabeth shared the following advice for other same-sex couples planning wedding celebrations, “Do what feels right for you. Don’t let anyone plan your day with things you don’t want. This day is about you and your partner and having fun. Don’t spend more than you can afford and just take in the moment because you can’t do it again.”