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Texas Castle Wedding: Michael & David

Photography by Gema

June 26, 2016

Michael and David met on MySpace in 2008. You could filter searches of people to connect with, so David saw Michael’s profile and for some reason, sent him a message that said, “You are a very attractive guy.” Several online chats eventually progressed into phone calls and they met in person on Feb. 29 – Leap Day! It is still their “beginning of the relationship” official anniversary.

Gay marriage was not recognized in Texas until June 26, 2015, so their proposal was a long time coming. The moment the Supreme Court made its ruling, David realized the time had come and immediately ordered a ring for Michael. After seven years together, they were able to make their relationship a legally recognized marriage.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

David called his family and asked them to come over for the 4th of July. He told them he was going to propose. Michael’s family lives in Kansas and Montana, so he knew they wouldn’t be able to make it. When everyone was gathered by the pool, David made an impromptu speech. He pulled the ring out of his sister’s bag and asked Michael to marry him. Michael instantly broke out into tears and said yes.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

Michael was in charge of the venue search. When he found their site, they fell in love with both the location and the site manager. An all-inclusive venue with a great staff – there was nothing to worry about. Every single detail was handled.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

So many moments during their wedding day are memorable, including hearing each other read their custom vows, written to let everyone know what they meant to each other. Getting to hear the toasts from friends and family, and getting to dance the night away as husbands was amazing. The most memorable part of the day, though, was the first dance that included a tremendous fireworks show. For approximately seven minutes, they danced to fireworks that were all for them.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

They also enjoyed posing for the pictures. They had some very tender moments that they were able to share with each other, as well as their family.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

A road trip from Colorado to Montana to visit Michael’s family and the major state parks in the area served as their honeymoon. On their way back, they even stopped at the Grand Canyon. It was an untraditional honeymoon, but an amazing adventure together.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

David and Michael shared with us their one regret – not hiring a videographer to capture the day. They were, however, delighted with their photographer and highly recommend spending the money necessary to hire a great one. They also recommend not seeing each other until the first look, before the ceremony, to preserve the drama and special moment.

Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema
Photography by Gema

To same-sex couples, they recommend making sure that the chosen venue is totally okay with same-sex weddings, and that they are not just allowing the wedding to happen for the money. All of your vendors should be accepting. The last thing you need on your wedding day is to have services provided by people who don’t accept you.

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Photography by Gema //  Venue: Castle on the Lake  // Florist: La Tee Da Flowers //  Cake: Cakes by D’Anne // DJ: Boogie Butt

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