Heidi & Tracy had been together for 16 years when SCOTUS legalized same-sex marriage. We had known for years we wanted to be each other’s ‘person’ and made a ‘through good & bad, sickness & health, richer or poorer’ commitment to each other about 10 years ago. When the ruling came down at the end of June, we really thought we’d simply go to the Justice of the Peace in Dekalb County, Georgia & just get it done then go to a nice dinner. But once we told our family & closest friends of our plans, they all wanted to be a part of it. We knew we couldn’t have 18 friends & family members running amuck at the Courthouse so we decided to have a ceremony.
Our home is very special to us. It’s where our souls replenish when life simply takes everything out of us. So we decided to have our ceremony in our backyard where our dogs could be a part of it. At that point, things just started coming together….easily, perfectly, beautifully. Tracy asked a long time friend, who is a pastor with the United Church of Christ, to marry us & we were fortunate to find the best photographer, Cindy Brown, in Atlanta….on the very first try. Since we were originally going to get married at the Courthouse, we kept the original date, which was on a Friday. We were able to book a private room in a restaurant that was very special to us & then we sent an Evite to our guests.
Since our ceremony was the 3rd week of August in Atlanta, Georgia & nothing was blooming in the yard, we ordered flowers for the ceremony and had the private dining room at the restaurant decorated with more flowers. The restaurant recommended a custom menu & we just went with it. We had our photographers taking candid shots for the duration of the ceremony & celebration. We wanted to capture the joy, laughter & love that resonated the entire evening.
Tracy wore a dress that she had already purchased in the spring for our nephews wedding & Heidi wore capris. Because the ceremony was in our backyard, the brides & wedding party wore Havaiana flip-flops. We didn’t even choose official wedding colors, the wedding party just happened to match the brides. How perfect was that?