On 2016, the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. At his proclamation, he declared: “I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people”. To celebrate this month, we’ll show you a few inspiring LGBT weddings around the world:
First same-sex wedding in Lake Orta
When Jessica and Marisa decided to get married in Italy, LGBT weddings in Italy did not have civil validity (on May 2016, Italy became the last Western European country to join the list of worldwide countries that have legalized same-sex weddings), but symbolic ceremonies could be planned everywhere in the country. The wedding planner Valentina Lombardi was in charge of it.
Even so, this South-African couple fell in love with Italy thanks to a business trip. They decided that Italy was the perfect place to say “I do”. So, they planned their romantic wedding by the shores of romantic Lake Orta and they got legally married in London (UK).
“Both Marisa and Jessica got ready to Hotel San Rocco.They chose to plan everything in the same wedding venue, the Hotel San Rocco itself. Both ladies decided to wear white dresses and they were both stunning in them! The officiant Riccardo performed a sweet tailored ceremony that everybody loved and Ariel Classica musicians played a romantic music as background. Bridal bouquets were made of roses and gypsophila and they were both personally composed by the mother of one of the ladies. For their wedding ceremony, they chose the little garden of Villa Gippini, which is part of Hotel San Rocco itself. Marisa and Jessica decided to leave their guests for a while enjoying their aperitif on the terrace of Hotel San Rocco, listening to lovely music of Ariel Jazz. They took the occasion to reach St. Julius Island with their bridesmaids for fantastic wedding photos. Boat trip could not miss and the four ladies had a great fun together”, says Valentina.
A constitutional wedding
Mark and Jeff had been together for almost 20 years and could finally legally marry regardless of what state they lived in. “In fact, Jeff is an attorney who personally worked the bill in Georgia (that didn’t pass until the supreme court ruled) so we incorporated the US Constitution into the design of the wedding because it had such a significant meaning to the couple. We had small constitutions printed and bound in the wedding color. Then we had our stationarist create custom bands with the guest names and tables numbers around each constitution as the escort card. These also served as the guests favors from the wedding”, tells Sarah Day, the wedding planner in charge of this wedding.
Sarah Day has been working with LGBT weddings long before the Supreme Court ruled it in the United States. “They used to be called commitment ceremonies. One of the things that we have found is that not all vendors are comfortable working with this type of wedding. So the industry has gone from couples trying to find vendors that were ‘friendly’ to now finding vendors that have knowledge and understanding with a portfolio of weddings. What this has created is a very specialized dynamic within the industry because Same Sex Couples want to and should be treated just like every other couple out there. However, there are nuances that make these weddings very special and unique. We treat these weddings the same as the differences between a Catholic or Jewish ceremony or a multi-cultural wedding. I have been in this industry for 20 years now and the impact of love and deep meaning behind this wedding even made me tear up!”, claims Sarah Day.