Love Wins Out: Grace and Joann's Elopement
I was so excited when a fellow photographer, Jessica Schilling, posted a call for vendors to come together for a special wedding event in Los Angeles. In the previous weeks, the election results and political climate made people fearful for the future. The idea was to turn around this negative energy following the election and turn it into something positive for our community in the way we do best -- by throwing an amazing celebration of love. We wanted to support local LBGTQ couples and give them the opportunity to get married before the inauguration without losing out on the important wedding day experience.
On January 11th, myself and about 40 other wedding professionals in Los Angeles came together for an entire day of free back-to-back elopements for 5 LGBTQ couples at The York Manor in Highland Park. I am so honored to have been a part of such a special day for so many couples and especially the couple I had the pleasure of working with that day: Grace and Joann.
Grace and Joann had their makeup done in separate, adjoining rooms before the ceremony.
Grace and Joann's parents walked them down the aisle and witnessed their beautiful ceremony, performed by Jason Lloyd.
Yummm! Isn't this cake just beautiful?! Mwokaji Cakery created 5 beautiful cakes, each in the style requested by each couple.
Photos: Jade Elora Photography
Organizers: Jessica Schilling Photography, Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events, Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events
Venue: The York Manor in Highland Park
Vendor Sponsor: Honeybook
Designer: Winston & Main
Ceremony decor & guest lounge: Thrifted Sister Vintage
Portrait lounge, bar, & cake table: Circa Vintage Rentals
Planners & Coordinators: In the Clouds Events, Falon B Weddings, Fandom Affairs, Katie’s Kreations Events, LoveSpell Collective
Officiants: Dearly Beloved Celebrations, Silver Charm Events, By Jason Lloyd, Susann Edmonds, Deva Berg
Music and emcee: DJ Keelez
Videographer: Wandering Study
Other Photographers: Daybreak & Dusk, Jessica Schilling, Casey Brodley, Amy Haberland, Amanda Vanvels, Stanley Wu, J Wiley Photography, Michelle Terris, Evangeline Lane, Loie Photography, Julie Shuford
Photo booth: Julia Klima of Queen Skittles Photography
Hair & Makeup: Karen Bates-Ashley, Picture Perfect Brides, Beauty by Autumn, Mimi the Hairstylist, Hair by Tiphanie, Tawnny Rey Hair
Florists: Winston & Main, Barnes Botanicals, Burlap & Rose, Holiday Celebrate, Kate Gilbert, Ravayna Coe
Calligraphy & signage: Calligraphy Nerd, The Duo Studio
Cakes: Mwokaji Cakery
Desserts & Favors: Sweet Art Bake Shop, Nicole Bakes Cakes, Teebsie popsicles, Sugar Bouffant Cotton Candy
Catering: Amy’s Culinary Adventures
Beverages: OneHope Wine donated via Jes Landau and Lindley Carlin
Special Thanks: Events by Holly Gray, Mindy Joy Social, Black Tie Kids, Auntie Em’s Kitchen