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Simple Intimate Long Beach Wedding: Robert & Shawn

Altar Image Photography

October 11, 2014

Need proof that your soul mate can be found online? Robert and Shawn met through a dating website, leading to a surprise proposal by Robert. It was such a surprise, in fact, that it took Shawn several hours to respond!

The couple chose the historic Queen Mary as their wedding venue. The waterfront appealed to the grooms, and it worked out practically for Robert as his mother still lives in Los Angeles. The luxury vessel first sailed in 1936, and has become part of the local culture in Long Beach, California. It boasts banquet space as well as hotel rooms, perfect for an intimate wedding. 
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Robert and Shawn gave themselves plenty of time to plan, yet still found weddings to be uniquely complex. There were so many details to think about, that even given lots of time, it was a challenge to catch everything.
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Robert relied on his best friend, Nathalie, who was working on her PhD to help with details like the save-the-date cards and the invitations, along with vendor selection. The timing of the wedding was chosen to ensure that she could attend. Unfortunately, two weeks to date before the wedding, her cancer won. Robert and Shawn cherish the details she helped with and through them felt her presence at the wedding.
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
One of their favorite memories of the day was the walk down the aisle, and seeing all of their planning come to life. The grooms highly recommend planning in advance and relying on the many checklists that are available to guide you through the process. Also, seek and accept word-of-mouth referrals to find the best professionals to help with your day.
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography
Altar Image Photography

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Altar Image Photography //Floral Designer: Floral Duet //DJ: FLY BY NIGHT DJ’s // Ring Designer: Macy’s // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Macy’s // Officiant: Palm Springs Wedding Chapel //Event Planner: Rainbow Weddings // Cake Designer: Simply Layered Cake Design //Pre Ceremony Location:  The Queen Mary //Reception Venue:  The Reef Restaurant //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.

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