JJ and Alex planned their wedding, with the intent to flip the wedding script – and honey it was a major success. The institution of marriage holds its foundation, but these grooms intended to frame it through the lens of queer culture and the realities of modern queer love.
Some words from the grooms: “Following the repeal of DOMA and our attendance at the ensuing queer wedding celebrations, we noticed couples often lean on well-establish hetero-centric weddings norms and traditions to structure their celebrations. Not that using well-established wedding formulas is wrong (why reinvent the wheel?) but “traditional” didn’t accurately depict our queer expression of love. We collaborated with a wedding and event producer, Priyan Chandraratna of Alfred House Productions who could help us honor our vision.
The result was a paid tribute to the love of all the same-sex couples that fought long and hard for us to celebrate our authenticity.
JJ and Alex began their multi-day celebration with an intimate ceremony. Immediate biological and chosen family gathered at a modern ceremony space in downtown LA, Flora Chang. JJ and Alex exchanged their sentiments and followed with family style dinner for among the 30 guests. Toasts were sprinkled throughout dinner and the evening was the perfect start to their wedding week.
Saturday was met with an elaborately gay dance party! The open loft at downtown LA’s arts district venue, Valentine served the mood perfectly. One of the most unique and interactive aspects of the reception was JJ & Alex’s use of customized augmented reality. Guests used an app on their phone to scan various items throughout the event where the grooms shared special aspects of their relationship, commitment to each other, and paid tribute to the queer community.
A crowd-pleasing drag performance followed by non-stop dance beats made for an spic party enjoyed by all attendees! A bespoke disco ball showcasing our groom JJ’s “assets” dazzled as a centerpiece on the dance floor.
Guests had the opportunity to “shop” at JJ and Alex’s pride store complete with uniquely branded JJ + Alex pride paraphernalia. The next day, all of their guests marched with JJ and Alex in the West Hollywood pride parade! Sarah Block Photography was there to capture every moment of the special weekend. Love is love!
Ceremony Location: Flora Chang DTLA
Photo Booth Equipment: Brass Street
Caterer: huntington catering
Reception Venue: Valentine
Event Planner: Alfred House Productions
Photographer: Sarah Block Photography