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Romantic Rustic Opera House Wedding: Elizabeth & Kristen

Green Holly Photography

Feb. 27, 2016

Kristen proposed to Elizabeth on their two-year dating anniversary, Feb. 27, 2012, but the wedding had to wait for national marriage equality to catch up. Ultimately, they were married on June 26, 2015, the day of the landmark Supreme Court ruling. Planning a ceremony that included Elizabeth and Kristen’s family and friends was very important to them, however, so they held an “encore ceremony and reception” on Feb. 27, 2016.

Their search for a photographer led them to their opera house venue. It was exactly what they were looking for. They loved that the reception space was basically a blank canvas – original brick walls, wood floors and windows. The rest was up to them. There was even the perfect art installation upstairs called “Light” that was made up of old windows and bare bulbs. The building offered many places to take posed photos, and the perfect “First Look” images.
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Kristen and Elizabeth have very similar taste in aesthetics, so they didn’t have any problems deciding on their vintage, romantic theme. They gathered many inspiration photos online, and their friends and family provided most of their services. They stayed very organized during their planning and experienced no major hiccups.
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Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography
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During their ceremony, the brides’ children walked them down the aisle. Elizabeth felt so proud to have a son on each arm and witnessed Kristen’s pride as her daughter (and their dog!) walked her up the aisle.
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Green Holly Photography
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In preparation for their first dance, Kristen and Elizabeth took dance lessons as a surprise for their guests. They wanted the dance to be memorable and they had a blast learning the rhumba at the studio. They also practiced a lot at home. Practicing for the dance brought them even closer together.
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Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography

They loved everything about their wedding day, but the time they spent taking photos upstairs in the opera house was some of their favorite. Their guests were downstairs enjoying a cocktail hour and Kristen and Elizabeth could hear music and their guests enjoying the time together. Part of the private photo session was a quick final practice of their first dance. 

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Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography
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Kristin and Elizabeth made a list of advice for other couples, including:

  • Have a signature drink! They chose peach bellinis which were a hit.
  • Make a list of the different combinations of people with whom you want to take posted photos. They thought they would be okay without the list, but they missed a few important shots.
  • Wear only what you’re 100 percent comfortable wearing. If it’s a suit, great! If it’s a dress, great!
  • Do a “First Look” before your ceremony. There is something really intimate about seeing each other beforehand. It transformed Elizabeth’s nerves into excitement.
  • Consider asking your guests to unplug during the ceremony and put away their electronic devices. Instead of looking out at a crowd of phones in the air, they saw smiling faces (and some tears of joy). It was memorable and they could feel the love and support in the air.
Green Holly Photography
Green Holly Photography

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Green Holly Photography // Reception Venue: Howell Opera House  // Caterer: C.C. Catering // Cake Designer: Crafty Custom Cakes by Christina Zamenski  // Dress Store: David’s Bridal // Floral Designer: Jennifer Karres // Officiant: Mike McMillan // Design and Decor: The Urban Upcyclers // Other: Bonnie’s Alterations

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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