by Tasha Downing, Writer
When it comes to celebrating love, PartySlate is all-inclusive. In honor of Pride Month, we’re excited to present our annual feature dedicated solely to the most incredible same-sex weddings. We adore the loving spirit of these unions and their celebrations — with weddings that range from sleek and intimate to bold and colorful. Scroll to see some of our favorite moments and get inspired for your own wedding celebration.
This handsome couple got a true Hollywood-worthy ending thanks to an absolutely flawless vintage movie theater theme set in the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Alfred House Productions produced and designed this event to evoke old Hollywood glamour, complete with outfitted ushers and paparazzi, so each guest felt like a star. Dramatic red florals by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design filled the Ebell of Los Angeles reception venue, which featured Art Deco-style tables and chairs from Bright Event Rentals. Guest seating was cleverly designated with different Academy Award winners for Best Picture atop each table. Party goers mixed and mingled to the sounds of famous movie scores at the start of the evening, and finished on the dance floor thanks to modern beats spun by DJ Krieger.
A classic Hamptons beach house set the stage for matrimony on a gorgeous summer afternoon. The intimate affair was planned by Apotheosis Events, with a ceremony on the sand, champagne by the pool, and dinner al fresco on the ocean-front patio. Sophisticated round tables covered with neutral linens from Party Rental Ltd. were perfect for promoting conversation while giving each guest a view of the water. Soft lighting was created by Karen Lenahan Designs, with vintage bulbs strung overhead and votive candles on each table, surrounding dusty pink rose florals. Guests enjoyed the moody ambience as they dined on a delicious meal from Cloud Catering & Events.
This dynamic duo created memories for a lifetime in New Orleans with an over-the-top Mardi Gras-themed wedding extravaganza. Lifetime Events By Jacqueline chose an opulent gold and red color scheme with tons of upbeat live music. The New Orleans Marriott event space was covered in white and crimson flowers by Nola Floral, complemented by gold chairs with red velvet cushions. The live band B Street Benny entertained guests, who danced the night away. The happy group then donned hats, feather boas, and masks — in classic Mardi Gras fashion — as they marched down the street with Kinfolk Brass Band. Studio Tran Photography captured all the fun before the guests were sent home with classic NOLA treats.
This couple’s love merged two very different matrimonial ceremonies together in New York City, in an epic double event beautifully produced by Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants. A traditional Hindu baraat processional — complete with Bollywood songs and dancing — escorted the grooms through the NYC streets up to the location of their Christian ceremony, held at Cipriani Wall Street. The venue was decked out by the talented team at Design House Decor in varying shades of royal blue, purple, and fuschia using both lush florals and creative mood lighting. Guests sipped custom cocktails, danced to the couple’s favorite songs, grabbed a scoop from the nitrogen ice cream station from 321 Chillz, and nibbled on slices of City Sweets and Confections’ 7-foot-tall square layer cake.
An open, raw space in Chicago created a stunning backdrop for these grooms to exchange vows. The tall, stately columns at the breathtaking space, Artifact Events, created depth and drew focus to the duo with a lovely circular archway of greenery from Flowers for Dreams. Clementine Custom Events planned this same-sex celebration to include a dramatic entrance by the happy couple down the venue’s open staircase. The design team accented the exposed brick and wooden beams with lush green garlands and white roses. Tablescapes Event Rentals perfectly accented the long wedding party table with grey linens and white pillar candles. Guests enjoyed a mouth-watering spread from the caterers at a Chicago favorite, Hearty Boys.
With stunning views of the city, Rainbow Room in New York is a classic choice for any wedding, and was certainly “top” of mind for this happy couple. Victoria Dubin Events kept the lighting low so guests could enjoy the view, and the team worked with décor specialists Ovando Design and Production to play up the venue’s Art Deco vibes. Stunning monochromatic florals and intricate silver chairs were a visual delight for photographers at Fred Marcus Studio, who captured guests dancing to high energy tunes from the talented multi-piece band, Element Music. Literally taking the cake was Ron Ben-Israel Cakes’ unique, off-kilter masterpiece in silver and purple tones, bursting with pearl-like edible accents.
This gorgeous spring wedding found a home in Fullerton, California on the sweeping, historic estate of Muckenthaler Mansion. The spot was perfect for these two gentlemen to host a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and reception, with simple bouquets of white posies from Oceanic Flowers to accent the lush green surroundings. Guests enjoyed custom cocktails and delicious bites from Colette’s Catering & Events, and a classic roast pig took center stage on the banquet table. Partygoers posed for photo ops by Chelsea Smith Photo in front of the oversized “love” sign displayed on the grounds, courtesy of Light of Love Sign.
With a shared passion for culture and art, this couple chose a crisp fall day at The Cleveland Museum of Art for their wedding ceremony. Florals were designed in autumnal hues by Flowerville, who combined red lilies with orange and blush roses against green bouquets of leaves. The poles of the ceremonial canopy were covered with these fall florals, creating a perfect stage for the grooms to recite their vows. The love of this happy couple was on full display, and EM Photography was on hand to capture photos inside and outside the museum’s iconic facade.
For these brides, this romantic garden celebration was a vision of beauty only comparable to the couple themselves. Set in the charming outdoor space of Galleria Marchetti in Chicago, the day featured a ceremony designed by the brides and seated dinner, catered by the culinary team at Galleria Marchetti. Life In Bloom created a romantic vibe through décor and florals, choosing blush peonies and pink and white roses set amongst lush greenery and atop rustic tables from Tablescapes Event Rentals. MDM Entertainment added a soft glow to the scene with strings of twinkle lights and hanging lanterns. A live band finished the evening with an upbeat tempo.
These grooms said “I do” at a wedding celebration held at the Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables. The dramatic reception space, with its tall ceilings and classical-style archways, was transformed thanks to perfect planning by YSD Events and their high impact décor choices. Floral accents by Avant Gardens included large white branches draped with clear globes holding tea candles that anchored the opulent centerpieces, surrounded by white and purple flowers. Guests dined at round tables covered by shimmery violet linen and crystal clear plates, while Miami Wedding Cinema captured the entire scene on video. Treats included custom ice cream cones sweetly adorned with the couple’s names. View the event photos to see the clever Champagne place cards.
This wedding’s partygoers got out of the heat and into the beautiful event space of The Astorian in Houston, Texas. The two lovely celebrants held the ceremony and reception in one space, which received a sophisticated look via mod lounging chairs and fluffy white florals courtesy of Johanna Terry Events. Mirror-top tables were dressed to perfection, featuring gold sparkling tablecloths from Lavish Linens and precious plates rimmed with pearls. Large brass lamps made unique centerpieces, and complemented the copper steampunk decor sprinkled throughout. Cordua’s Catering provided the mouth-watering meal, and confetti cannons from Bright Star Productions sent the happy couple off in a cloud of golden sprinkles. View event photos to see the steampunk-inspired cake, complete with golden gears.
A modern twist on a classic Palm Springs pool party was in store for these two lovebirds. Veronique Events planned the celebration of love, incorporating fabulous entertainment from the Aqualillies swim dance troupe, who performed aqua ballet routines for delighted guests. An intimate dining area was staged outdoors, with billowing white curtains partially concealing the long table. La Tavola Fine Linen created a simple and elegant tablescape, which paired beautifully with floral centerpieces of white peonies and yellow orchids from Arrangements Design. Guests enjoyed a variety of delectable bites, from sushi to kabobs, served up by Cottura Catering & Events.
This happy couple opted for a traditional wedding ceremony followed by a reception in a modern venue dressed up with bold, colorful lighting and decor. Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., got a glam treatment with touches from Evoke Design and Creative event planners. A lighting scheme orchestrated by John Farr Lighting included varying shades of blues and purples, which played nicely with the architectural gold seating and table linens in deep red infused with golden flecks. The mood lighting was put to good use when Élan Artists took the stage, with live tunes to get guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor.
A private residence in Los Angeles served as an idyllic location for this wedding celebration, with a lush backyard perfect for an open air tent. Good Gracious! Events planned the festivities and catered a mouth-watering menu, with fresh seafood options to start, followed by a selection of upscale comfort food like lobster mac and cheese, and Kobe beef sliders for a late night snack. Guests enjoyed their meal at tables set by La Tavola Fine Linen with white lattice tablecloths, lucite chairs and bright florals that popped with color. A visually stunning wedding cake by The Butter End Cakery looked more like modern art, with clear boxes carefully placed to give the illusion of floating layers. View the event to see lanterns hanging dreamily in trees.
Following a private courthouse ceremony, these newlyweds celebrated their love with a reception in Chicago’s historic Harold Washington Library’s Wintergarden. Photos by Carasco Photography captured memories of guests playing games like Jenga and Uno, and a touching serenade by one of the grooms. Shrimp and avocado skewers were served alongside comfort food like chicken and waffles, plus lots of sweet treats (infused macarons!) were dreamed up by Blue Plate Catering. Ivan Carlson had a hand in designing the couple’s dream day, carefully incorporating the architecture and Art Deco vibe of the building into the wedding’s sophisticated theme — and leaving room for some fun twists.
A crisp white wedding theme carried the day for this happy couple who tied the knot in Palm Springs. From round white balloons floating in the pool to white orchids dripping from every corner, the scene blended perfectly with the California sunshine. All guests, of course, were dressed in white, and posed for pics taken by Dream Creation Studios in front of a white floral wall designed for photo ops. The luxe white florals were occasionally coupled with unique arrangements of succulents for added texture, courtesy of Urban Gardener Newport Beach. The party featured delectable dishes from Colette’s Catering & Events, like fresh salads and grilled chicken with mandarin orange slices.
The intricately-painted dome ceiling of the reception room in The Breakers Palm Beach set the tone for a glamorous evening of joy and celebration for these two grooms. The experienced event planners Sara Renee Events got every detail right — from candle-lit lounge areas in burgundy tones to towering white floral centerpieces. Special Event Resource and Design Group conjured a décor scheme that incorporated laser cut floral lanterns hung from above and gold-topped tables. View all event photos to see personal “Love” ice sculptures served to each guest. Partygoers also enjoyed the towering blue and white cake, complete with ornate filigree scrolling. Glowing party favors created fun on the dance floor, where live music by Power House kept the party rocking.
These lovely brides shared their passion for the outdoors by hosting their nuptials over the course of two days in Boulder, Colorado, with a ceremony and reception on the pastoral grounds of Lone Hawk Farm. The intimate celebration featured a unique, wave-like table adorned with arrangements of roses mixed with wild flowers from Yonder House. The menu was carefully curated by BlackBelly Catering, and featured farm-to-table dishes straight from Lone Hawk. Lucky Malone Photography captured soft images of the tranquil scene, including shots of the custom designed paper goods by Jolie & Co, like the blue washed invitations and seat assignments scrolled in gold calligraphy.
The industrial art gallery of Torpedo Events Factory just outside Washington, D.C., was the perfect backdrop for these two modern gentlemen to host their wedding celebration. Bellwether Events planned the event, opting for strings of Edison bulbs from John Farr Lighting Design to light the lofted space, and tapping Something Vintage Rentals to add mid-century modern pieces for displaying barware and desserts. Avant garde floral centerpieces by Lynnvale Studios dressed the small circular dining tables, and a tented outdoor space created by Capital Party Rentals was filled with large displays of palm fronds. Procopio Photography captured every moment, including the couple’s adorable Goldendoodle.
A formal, black-tie affair was in order for this glam duo, who chose to host their celebration in New York City’s iconic Gotham Hall. An over-the-top vintage theme wowed guests, and included talented and entertaining costumed cocktail singers, Acute Inflections. Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, Inc. filled the large space with perfect mood lighting and created space for Mardi Gras style performers to entertain guests. Floral arrangements designed by Diana Gould Ltd included tall centerpieces with red roses and pink hydrangeas, and decorative garlands of white roses and hydrangeas. Beats by DJ Kaos kept partygoers dancing all night long.
The city of Chicago welcomed this couple’s international guests to partake in their special day inside the historic Art Institute of Chicago. Couture Events planned this multi-day celebration, including an outdoor ceremony in Pritzker Garden followed by a reception in Terzo Piano Restaurant inside the museum. The Flower Firm provided artistic floral details in the white and burgundy calla lily arrangements throughout the space. Ryan Moore had more than enough inspiration as he captured photos, including the white, architectural square confection from Cake and custom paper goods from the groom’s own letterpress studio, Double Trip Press. Guests were sent home with a delightful parting gift—infused grappa the pair imported from Italy.
And one gorgeous anniversary celebration…
The only thing better than new love is romance that lasts. These two dapper gentlemen celebrated their anniversary in Charleston, SC, with an elegant, boho-chic soirée planned by Pure Luxe Bride. Theo Milo Photography captured the lovely color palette as well as the hanging floral installation and tables set with lush peonies and plates displaying each guest’s name written in gold on a ruby-hued pomegranate. Specialty linen, provided by Nuage Designs, included slate grey tablecloths and delicately patterned pink and grey napkins, which added texture to the rich scene. Delicious macarons and other treats were set amongst the stunning florals from the team at Petaloso.
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