Could this not be more of a match made in heaven? Two Traceys/Tracys, what are the odds?! So as to not confuse the folks out there, Tracey (with an ‘ey’) wears her hair up in the pics. And Tracy (with a ‘y’) has short hair. “We’ve kept our last names post-wedding because that would just be too confusing otherwise, no?” – Totally!
Today’s wedding backdrop was at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse in California, “a 200 year-old Appalachian farmhouse on 150 oak-dotted acres in the hills above the Santa Ynez Valley”.
And what a backdrop it was!
“The night before the wedding a light rain fell, but in the morning the skies opened up and revealed a bright blue sky. The campers rolled out of their tents, drank coffee on the porch, and made themselves busy helping get everything ready while we got ourselves pretty inside.”
“Guests began arriving in the afternoon and drank lemonade and played horseshoes while they waited for the ceremony to begin. The sun took a perch just above the mountains as we walked out and made our vows in front of family and friends.”
The girls opted to have their wedding party officiate their ceremony – with Tracey being Jewish and Tracy a Catholic “there was no one who could really bridge the gap for us in terms of tradition and the sense of spirituality we wanted present.”
“Ultimately since we didn’t need a justice of the peace (gay marriage was not yet legal) we settled on our wedding party as group officiant, and this ended up defining the nature of our ceremony.”
The girls met almost eight years ago, online. “It was a rather odd thing for either of us to be doing, looking for a mate online, but we had the good fortune to both be checking it out at the same time. The funny thing is that when we finally met, we realized we had been running into one another (and flirting) almost every day on the same hiking trail!”
Naturally, the girls’ wedding theme included an enviro-friendly option (where possible). “We wanted to create a feeling of being off the grid in the California wilderness, but also make the event comfortable for our diverse group of guests.” So much yes to this.
As with most wedding traditions, the one that the girls insisted on was the Horah! “We feasted on ribs and toasted and toasted and toasted until finally the full moon beckoned us to the dance floor. There was Lebanese belly dancing, a serenade from a sister, and guest appearances with the rock band that jammed until midnight. The last shuttle made its way down the hill at one but quite a few folks kept hanging out under the stars telling stories long after we had gone to bed.”
“We found Michelle Warren by looking for wedding photographers who specialized in shooting in outdoor settings. We LOVE that Michelle has such an eye for natural light and capturing spontaneous moments. We also really appreciated that she still shoots some on film – even a Holga for some photos – because no matter how convenient digital is, you really can’t beat the quality and depth of a photo on film.”
“Be patient. A wedding is a lot of work, but the work is worth it. Expect to piss someone off. Expect them to eventually get over it. Be true to yourselves. A gay wedding–any wedding really, but especially a queer one–is an opportunity to write your own script. There is no one right way to get hitched. And, no matter what, don’t work with folks who don’t love working with you and celebrate what you are doing. Weddings are too damn expensive and important to waste your money supporting hate. Surround your self with love, friends, and lots of good food and booze and you will have a wonderful time.”
Let the credits roll…
Photographer: Michelle Warren Photography | Attire: Lovella Bridal (Tracey) + Les Habitudes (Tracy) + Old Frontier Clothing Co. (posse) | Catering: Duo Catering & Events | Favours: Greenaid | Flowers: Passion Flowers | Hair: DIY | Make-up: Mariah Nicole Beauty | Music: Honeysuckle Possums (ceremony), Boogie Knights (reception) | Officiants: Their wedding posse | Pies: Decadence | Rings: L’Oliphant Fine Jewelry | Stationery: The Paper Door | Styling + Props Hire: Town & Country Event Rentals + Parallel Media Productions | Transport: Road Runner Shuttle & Limo Service | Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Videographer: Bella Vista Designs Inc.