Kevin McPherson Photography – Gay Ft. Lauderdale Wedding Photographer

Kevin McPherson Photography

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Award winning engagement, wedding and portrait photography. Best of the Knot for 2005,2012, Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, named One of the Top 25 Wedding Photographers in Philadelphia for 2015 by Expertise. Kevin McPherson is an award winning wedding and portrait photographer. Kevin and his studio, originally based in Philadelphia, have recently relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a new studio opening in 2016.

Kevin had long desired to be a photographer and after serving in the Navy for several years, began working as a photographer’s assistant at a busy portrait studio. Kevin’s love of photography continued to grow and with the encouragement from his mentor, began showing his work at local galleries. The positive response encouraged Kevin to complete his associate’s degree at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he graduated with honors and awards. During this time Kevin branched out and began working for several wedding and portrait photographers and learning his craft.

With a strong desire to eat and not be a starving artist, Kevin launched Kevin McPherson Photography in 2001. Since this time, Kevin has shot over 600 weddings and more portraits than you can count.

Kevin serves on the Zookbinder’s Customer Advisory board for 2016.

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A Bit of a Do Hire – Gay Friendly Auckland Wedding Rentals

A Bit of a Do Hire

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Welcome to “A Bit of a Do” Hire! There is nothing ‘run of the mill’ about us as our name suggests….

We are an award winning business based in the North Island of New Zealand, and we cover the whole of the country with our services.

Our business has provided many very happy couples with top quality linens and accessories at wholesale prices. We do so through hire centres that we supply exclusively, as well as venues that we hire and have built strong relationships with over the years, and directly to our valuable wedding couples.

Our showroom in Hamilton offers a fabulous array of:

  • coloured linens
  • chair and table hire
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • fairy walls
  • plant hire
  • etc with an awesome service to boot!

In 2012 we won the award for the best hire company in New Zealand! You can be assured that you are dealing with an extremely reputable, honest and people-oriented business when you work with us, and we have assisted many gay couples to realise their dream weddings with integrity and kindness.

We are so delighted to be able to provide our services to you and look forward to your reply!

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Robin’s Nest B&B Inn – Gay Friendly Houston Wedding Venue

Robin's Nest B&B Inn

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Robin’s Nest consists of three historical houses setting side by side in Montrose, Houston’s premiere gay neighborhood, which is also called the Museum and Arts District.
Our backdrop: an 1898 Victorian Farmhouse with gardens, scrumptious food, and a wedding coordinator for your big day. All in all, perfect for the somewhat artsy, one-of-a-kind, wedding.

We host both gay and straight weddings, for our gay and straight brothers and sisters. If God had meant for us to all be alike, He, or She, would have done just that.

Robin’s Nest has room for weddings from two up to about 50 people. We can do as little or as much as you want, i.e., ceremony only, wedding shower, wedding reception, honeymoon night (whirlpool for two.)

Have your wedding in the heart of Houston beside a 145 year old Victorian farmhouse, now a Victorian painted lady in Montrose!

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Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Holiday Inn & Suites Historic District – Gay Friendly Alexandria Wedding Venue

Holiday Inn & Suites Historic District

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When at the Holiday Inn Historic District, it’s all about comfort and elegance. The comfort to dazzle your senses with the fascinating sights, sounds and attractions of Washington D.C., as well as the elegance of having your special day at a fine Alexandria hotel.

Experience each moment of your wedding in our grand Commonwealth Ballroom. Allow your guests to begin the joyous celebration with a cocktail hour in our spacious foyer. When the weather is right why not enjoy the radiant sun and celebrate in our outdoor Terrace surrounded by greenery and an elegant water fountain to top it off.

Dazzle and dine, enjoy your party, without the worries. Rely on our Social Catering Sales professional and you won’t miss a detail.

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Presqu’Isle: Gay Wedding Venue in Remington, Virginia

Presqu'Isle

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As a gay-owned venue, Presqu’Isle embraces traditions both old and new, and celebrates the fact that Virginia really is for ALL lovers. Situated on 130 private acres, just 60 miles from Washington D.C., Presqu’Isle is a gracious 19th-century country estate with a variety of indoor and outdoor event settings, suitable for up to 300 guests.

The Manor

True 19th-century splendor abounds in the manor house at Presqu’Isle. Thirteen foot ceilings, intricate plaster work, carved mantles and leaded-glass fan lights are just a few of the original architectural details.

In the spacious, classically appointed guest chambers – with a private marble bath invoking the understated elegance of a turn-of-the-century hotel–you can relax and prepare for your special day in peace and comfort. The suite is perfectly situated to make a grand entrance down Presqu’Isle’s graceful winding staircase.

At the end of your event, there’s no need to travel further than up the stairs to a queen-size canopy bed, outfitted in fine linens.

The Grounds

Presqu’Isle’s lawn and gardens afford sweeping views of the Piedmont countryside, while an adjacent grove of trees overlooks the pond and terrace.

Bordered by a boxwood and lavender hedge and limelight hydrangea trees, our terrace is equally suited to traditional styling or a modern twist and can accommodate a 60×40 tent.

Our Approach

With a focus on flexibility, we are committed to helping our couples plan weddings as unique as their relationships. We look forward to helping you celebrate your special day and to showing you how Presqu’Isle’s exemplary service and classic elegance will make your affair truly unforgettable.

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Millenium Hotel: Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Venue

Millennium Hotel Buffalo

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301 Recently renovated beautiful Guests Rooms, including 2 Deluxe Suites; enclosed Tropical Courtyard and 10,000 square feet of ballroom space; the perfect setting for a special occasion

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Scott & Mark

Mark and Scott

We’re kicking off our new wedding blog with our own wedding day. This is from a piece I wrote for the commemorative book Marriage Equality USA is putting out shortly.

wedding-18Mark and I realized in mid October that our window was quickly closing. Our dream of a big beautiful wedding with all of our family around us was about to be snatched away. If we were to have any chance at getting married legally in California, it had to be then.

In the end, with just three weeks to go before the election, we decided to let go of all of our “big wedding” dreams. If we were going to be married, it had to be now. I remember the day very clearly – sitting with Mark at lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant in Sacramento, talking about what to do next. Once again agonizing over not having the wedding we wanted, this time over gnocchi, chicken saltimbocca and French fries. And looking up at Mark and saying…

wedding-92“What if we invited our parents?” What if we made this wedding “real”? What if we didn’t do this alone? That night, we called them– my mom and dad, and Mark’s mom.

I still remember my mom saying “of course I’ll be there.” She had supported me from the day I came out, but there was always that… pause, when we talked about LGBT issues. And now, at last, the pause was gone. I’d never felt better in my life than I did at that moment…

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When you truly love someone, you learn that they have to be all that really matters. And there was still a wedding to be planned. So the calls went out, and the mad rush to beat the election began. We dove in head-first, together, and within days, we had an officiant, a violinist, and a photographer for our wedding day.

wedding-49But we still didn’t know where we would be getting married. We wanted something outdoors, but in November it often rains in San Francisco, so we had to have a back-up. Then we found the perfect place – a restaurant in the Embarcadero Center, with a beautiful patio overlooking Justin Herman Plaza, the Ferry Building, and the Bay Bridge – a picture-perfect setting for the perfect day. And half the patio was covered, just in case.

As the day drew quickly closer, we watched the weather forecasts diligently. It had been such a dry year—surely, we thought, the odds against rain were high. But as each day passed into the next, the prospects for our sunny, “perfect” day dimmed.

wedding-65One day, the forecast said 20% rain in our wedding day. 20% in San Francisco in the winter means it might rain, a little, and be sunny, a little, and if you don’t like the weather where you’re at, just walk a block. On the next, it was 40%—we were worried, but not freaked out. Weather forecasters are wrong all the time, we thought.

Three days out, the odds were up to 60%. We were so glad that we had booked a covered space, but still, no one wants it to rain on their wedding day. Two days, and it topped 80%.

wedding-24At last, on the day before, as we prepared to drive down to San Francisco once again, rain was a virtual certainty at 100%. And the strongest part of the storm was going to blow through just as we said our vows.

I didn’t know whether to be angry, or sad; to cry or to laugh.

“It’s supposed to be lucky if it rains on your wedding day,” Mark said with a grin. So I laughed. And in the end, he was right.

The ceremony started under the tent, as the rain poured down just feet away outside. Mark’s mother walked him down the aisle, followed by my mother and I.

wedding-54I remember so many little, independent things about that afternoon: the violinist playing The Four Seasons. The officiant giving us a hurried run-through before, telling us not to forget to breathe, and then stumbling over her words as I leaned over to whisper “breathe” in her ear. My Father, reading the piece we chose for him, and telling us it said everything he’d wanted to say to us.

Our mothers together, handing us the candles to light together. Reading each other our vows, and hearing for the first time the words my wonderful partner had chosen to seal his love for me.

The warm, perfect feeling of this is right.

And the rain.

wedding-90The splattering of the raindrops closed the world in around us, shutting out the traffic, the noise, the rest of the city, until it was just us.

When it was all over, we stood together, alone in each others arms, and cried.

wedding-89When we are little, we see people get married on TV, in movies, in real life. Boy meets girl, boy romances girl, and they have the picture-perfect wedding. Growing up as gay kids, as lesbian kids, even as bi and transgender kids, we dream of that perfect wedding. But we all realized, at some point, that we were never going to have that perfect day, that smiling recognition of our relationships and the affirmation of friends, family, and even our government.

But things can change in an instant, and the impossible can become real.
It was the perfect day. Everyone who supposed to be there were there, and after seventeen years together, though the timing was not what we’d h, it hoped for, it was exactly how it was supposed to be.