I am incredibly proud to have been there to capture all the beautiful moments of John and Jeremy’s wedding. They were my first same-sex couple and as soon as they contacted me, I was excited about the opportunity to support marriage equality through my work. I believe that we who work in the wedding industry must treat LGBTQ couples with the same dedication and support as any couple who comes to us searching for the best service to make their day perfect. Ideological reasons aside, I was mostly happy because they are two really special people. When I met with them, I was the sickest I had been in a very long time, I wasn’t very confident with my verbal English skills and I had never shot a gay wedding before but they trusted in me 100%. Whenever we talked, even when I was sick as a dog, they never failed to make me laugh.
My first chance to photograph them was for their engagement session on the streets of Bushwick. We were all so in love with the photos that I could hardly wait to capture more of this gorgeous couple on their wedding day. John and Jeremy, being the conscientious people that they are, sought out small neighborhood businesses owned by women and members of minority groups to provide the services they needed for their wedding. Their philosophy was that since you have to spend a good deal of money on a wedding, why not spend that money on businesses that really need and deserve your support? It was truly an honor that they chose me when my photography business was still in its infancy. Knowing that they were such caring and warm people and grateful for the trust they had put in me, I was all the more eager to do my best for them.
When the day finally came, everything fell into place perfectly. We started with their getting ready photos bright and early then made our way to their venue, Brooklyn Cider House. The atmosphere was elegant and vintage yet somehow relaxed and modern at the same time. With ample indoor and outdoor spaces and lots of natural light, it was absolutely perfect for their ceremony and festivities. I don’t know how I had never been to this neighborhood gem before, but I’ve been back several times since. As is usually the case, what really made the wedding unforgettable were the guests. Jeremy is Italian and his family came all the way from Italy to be there. The culture of my country, Uruguay, has a lot of Italian influence, so I knew this was going to be my kind of wedding. I was not disappointed. After the ceremony and a delicious vegetarian lunch, John and Jeremy’s brothers
each made toasts that left us all in tears. Then the dance floor opened up and DJ Remeice Ellis got everyone moving and singing along to the grooms’ favorite tunes. I can’t thank you enough for letting me be a part of your new life together.
Venue: Brooklyn Cider House
Cake: Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery
Hair: Triple Crown Salon by Natasha
DJ: Remeice Ellis
Rings: Silver Floret