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Yellow and Navy Virginia Summer Wedding: Donna & Valerie

Photography by Marirosa

June 26, 2016

Donna and Val met at a lesbian singles masquerade party thrown by one of their friends. It was a lot of fun and they each met a lot of great people that night. They exchanged contact info and dates turned into love – love turned into a surprise proposal. Val recruited a friend to help get Donna to the restaurant, and the friend was on hand to take pictures. The surprise worked, and Donna said yes.

Photography by Marirosa
Donna wanted a wedding venue that was visually appealing with the capacity to handle all of the details for her. Val wanted a venue that both understood and wanted to host a same-sex wedding. Their selection worked out perfectly.
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
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Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
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The couple planned for about six months. It was at times stressful, but between their venue’s wedding planner and Donna’s organizing and spreadsheets, they pulled off all of their fun details.

Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Many of the details of the day were special to Donna and Valerie. Donna loved that they incorporated the signing of their marriage certificate into their ceremony. Donna’s parents had signed theirs during their own ceremony. Valerie was especially pleased that their friends and loved ones were all in place to celebrate with them.
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa

Asked for her best advice for engaged couples, Donna replied, “I think that the best advice we received, and which I would pass on to other couples—especially same-sex couples—is that you shouldn’t feel confined to anyone else’s expectations when planning the wedding. Pressure can come from all sides: from your LGBT friends to not be ‘heteronormative’ and from your straight friends/family to not be too unorthodox.  Don’t feel beholden to anyone, regardless of how well-intentioned they may be or how close to you they are.  It’s your special day and you should do whatever you like.”

Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa
Photography by Marirosa

Val said, “My advice for any couple is don’t let anyone make you feel you have to have a particular type of wedding. It’s your day! If you aren’t happy with how it turns out then you’ve wasted your money and your time.  For same-sex couples I would say the benefit of having a same-sex wedding is there are no rules! We’re all new to the wedding scene and we’re making our own rules as we go. With that in mind, expand your mind beyond the heteronormative idea of what a wedding should be. After all, it is a gay wedding, hello it’s supposed to be awesomely gay! Have fun and have the gayest best wedding your wallets can afford.”

Photography by Marirosa

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer:  Photography by Marirosa //Event Planner: A Nu Experience // Apparel: BookATailor // Reception Venue:  Dominion Valley Country Club // Cake Designer:  Gateau // Location:  Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner // Transportation:  Reston Limousine // Floral Designer:  RICKS FLOWERS // Hair Stylist:  T C Beauty // DJ:  True Kings Media Group/DJ Premonition

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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