Alberta, CANADA :: Mandi & Katherine :: Love In The Canadian Rockies // Real LGBTQ Wedding

:: Love In The Canadian Rockies ::

Submitted and photographed by :: {MRSter Approved} Lauren Hannah Photography

Thinking back to this beautiful wedding at Jasper Park Lodge makes my heart happy. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect wedding day to photograph: two beautiful brides, mountain landscape and soooo much love in the air!

Katherine and Mandi’s relaxed wedding day brought together rustic DIY elements and the simple elegance of the mountains. They used the setting of the Rockies as their inspiration for the decor as they both have a love for the outdoors and often visit Jasper on vacation.

The Brides had this to say: “We both agree that our favourite moments were when Mandi saw me walking towards her and me seeing Mandi for the first time walking down to her. Then us walking out to James Brown as wives and pretty much the whole day!”


Breathtaking Views. Beautiful Brides. DIY Décor.


Photography :: {MRSter Approved} Lauren Hannah Photography
Venue :: Jasper Park Lodge
Cake :: Bear Paw Bakery
Floral :: All About Flowers
Apparel {Mandi} :: Delica Bridal
Apparel {Katherine} :: Pure Bridal
Apparel {Bridesmaids} :: Delica Bridal
Apparel {Suit} :: Tip Top Tailors
DJ :: Jasper’s Alpine Music


Jasper, Alberta, Canada



Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA :: Justin & Bridgit :: Roadtrip Romance // Real Engagement

:: Roadtrip Romance ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Due West Photography

I’d known Bridgit for a long time, and was absolutely thrilled when she and Justin asked me to do their engagement and wedding photos. They had the fantastic idea of going on a little roadtrip for the shoot! Coffee and a few good playlists later and we wound up at a gorgeous mountain near Badin, where we climbed over many a log and frolicked through many a grassy field. The second stop was my back yard! My parents live in the countryside near some beautiful pine forests, and Bridgit and Justin loved the idea. By this time the sun was setting, and the light coming through the pines was a perfect setting.

It was such a fun day. They both have infectiously happy personalities and were an honor to capture in their joy. I’m unfathomably excited for their upcoming wedding, and the opportunity of documenting it.


Roadtrip. Mountains. Pine Forests.

The Professionals

Photographer :: Due West Photography


Charlotte, North Carolina.

Saratoga, CALIFORNIA :: Classic. Feminine. Glamorous. Luxurious // Styled Shoot

:: Classic. Feminine. Glamorous. Luxurious. ::

Submitted by :: Chanda Daniels of MRSter ApprovedA Monique Affair

Villa Montalvo is an Italian Mediterranean style mansion nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, in Saratoga, California. The mansion has beautiful manicured landscaping, and it makes you feel as if you are in a romantic fairytale.  It’s why we chose it to stage a gorgeous, classic, feminine, glamorous and luxurious inspired shoot. My creative partners and I created the scene for a glamorous lesbian wedding, but staging to unique vignettes, a sweetheart table and cake display. We achieved this effect using a romantic combination of pinks, yellows, greens and gold. Of course it helps to be beautifully captured, and Christine Glebov of Christine Glebov Photography does exactly that.

To incorporate the glam we paired elements of ivory and pearl linens by Napa Valley Linens with ordinate menus and place cards by Lepenn Designs who also created the invitation suite. The lovely details of the brides’ wedding gowns from the fabulous Kinsley James Couture Bridal also added the glam and romance to this shoot. The hair and make-up team of Stella Stevens Hair Designs and Kristen Calderaro completed the “glamour” look for our couple

Our sweetheart table was arranged using the perfect vintage china by Le Vintage Milk Glass Rentals and paired with a few key items from A Monique Affair’s rental division, Chloe’s Closet. McCallum Designs beautiful lush romantic centerpiece incorporated the luxurious theme of the shoot.  A highlight of the shoot stars the gorgeous three tiered gold dusted, floral cascading cake by Marla Erojo of Cakes Made by M.E.

Our favorite part of the day was finding out during the shoot that our models (a real couple) got married at San Francisco City Hall in jeans! So this shoot took on a whole new meaning and a few tears from all. We hope you’ll take a minute to enjoy our styled shoot. I have to say this was the most creative shoot we have accomplished at A Monique Affair that truly takes on our signature style. On behalf of my creative partners, we would like to share this shoot as inspiration for all Same Sex couples!


Classic. Feminine. Glamorous. Luxurious. Styled Shoot. Gay Wedding.

The Professionals

Event Coordinator & Design :: MRSter Approved –  A Monique Affair
Vintage Nightstand & Cake Plate Rental :: Chloe’s Closet (A Monique Affair)
Photographer :: Christine Glebov Photography
Venue :: Montalvo Arts Center
Florist :: McCallum Designs
Cake :: Cakes Made By Me
Bridal Gowns :: Kinsley James Couture Bridal
Invitation Suite & Day of Stationery :: Lepenn Designs
Vintage Tableware :: Le Vintage Milk Glass Rentals
Hairstylist :: Stella Stevens Hair Designs
Makeup Artist :: Kristen Calderaro
Linens :: Napa Valley Linens
Chiavari Chair Rentals :: Miranda St John Party Rentals


Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga, California


Gold Canyon, ARIZONA :: Love is Love // Styled Shoot

:: Love Is Love ::

Submitted by :: Christine Young of MRSter ApprovedY-Knot Party Rentals

The R2 Studio photographers Renee and Robin had come up with a series of styled photo shoots called Love is Love. They wanted vendors to be able to grow their portfolios to show they are same-sex wedding friendly. As a staunch supporter of marriage equality for everyone, I was very interested in this project and was happy to find out that many of my “friend-ors” were interested in getting their companies involved as well! Epi and John, an actual engaged couple, were asked to be the models so you can really see the true love in the photos.


Styled Shoot. Love is Love. Gay Wedding.

The Professionals

Shoot Coordinator :: Forever Young Weddings
Photography :: MRSter ApprovedThe R2 Studio
Venue :: The Views at Superstition
Rentals :: MRSter ApprovedY-Knot Party Rentals
Officiant :: Phoenix Wedding Minister – Rev. Amy Miller
Paper Products :: Posh Invitations
Cake :: Sue Jacobs Cakes
Bartending :: MRSter ApprovedPour Masters
Models :: Real couple – Epi & John
Apparel (Suits) :: Celebrity Tux and Tails


Gold Canyon, Arizona


Bill & Darryl :: Our Perfect Day :: Tucson, Arizona // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Our Perfect Day ::

Submitted by :: Groom, Darryl Howard

Our wedding weekend was amazing! We hosted 100 guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in late September 2014. The weekend was a beautiful gathering of family and friends. The wedding was held on Saturday, 9/20. The ceremony and reception were outdoors at the base of the mountains, as dusk, as the sun started to tuck just behind the mountains and the sky glowed a magical rainbow of reds, golds, yellows, oranges and ambers. There were pretty memorable toasts from our wedding parties and heartwarming first dances with our mothers. Bill and I worked on our wedding details for one year. Everything was executed perfectly and not one beat was missed, thanks to the help of the staff at The Ritz. We had a vintage Polaroid camera table and guestbook for our guest to leave photo messages for us. After a 5 course meal, the night moved into dancing under the Kiva and then into the Members Grill with an afterglow buffet of chicken wings, french fries, quesadilla and homemade cookies (made by Darryl’s mother). We danced the night away and loved every second of our special day.

Thanks to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain for welcoming us and making our guest feel at home. Our day was perfect! There was not one missed step in the execution of the wedding and events surrounding the weekend.  We were showered with love and support from all corners of the country. Our guests traveled from near and far to celebrate with us.

You can also watch their beautiful wedding video by CSM Wedding Films here.


Dusk, Mountains, Dancing The Night Away

The Professionals

Venue :: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Videography :: CSM Wedding Videos
Photography :: Hammond Preuss Photography
Event Production and Floral :: LaFleur Plantscapes


Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona