This is a very special Tuesday for Sweetheart Events… I can barely control my excitement! The wonderful Green Wedding Shoes is featuring one of my styled shoots which is very near and dear to my heart- this Same Sex Heritage Gentleman’s Inspiration Shoot- Yay! Before we dive into the beautiful photos and all the little bits that inspired this shoot, I want to touch on how much we at Sweetheart Events appreciated the opportunity to work with this lovely couple, Mike and Kyle, and to create inspiration for same sex couples for their big day. After hearing heartbreaking stories from some same sex couples as to how vendors have turned them away, and seeing the lack of inspiration out there- we were ready to make a change and design a shoot specifically for the same sex couple. We think it’s crazy important for every couple to understand the importance of marriage- what’s waiting for them after the wedding day, and to keep your wedding true to who you are.
I’m so excited to not only share these stunning photos with you, but to introduce you to a team of local (Vancouver) vendors that are excited to work with same sex couples. Big hugs to all these amazing vendors for making this vision a reality! Huge high fives for The Apartment Photography for these photos that we can’t stop swooning over and for the vendor team that worked through the night to bring this shoot to life! Without further a do… on to the inspiration!
Our inspiration came from our love of Vancouver, a rustic and exposed brick venue and our amazing same sex couple. From the photos it is clear how in love they truly are. Our purpose with the shoot was to inspire couples and showcase the fall/winter season with a more masculine décor approach that you don’t often see and to share a list of fabulous local vendors that work with all couples regardless of who they are or what their love story is.
Our shoot took place at The Brooklyn Gastown Nightclub located in Vancouver, BC. We chose this venue for the exposed brick walls, masculine feel and endless possibilities for photo opportunities. The grooms were dressed in TopMan from head to toe. We loved the more casual style with one dressed in a print and the other in a solid coloured pant complete with skinny tie, bow tie and pocket square.
We wanted to share the story of the day so we chose an intimate area for the exchanging of rings and followed the couple capturing them candidly as they walked the cobble stone streets of Gastown. We then did more styled photos inside the gentleman’s lounge designed by our décor team giving a perfect balance between vintage and pretty but in a masculine setting. Our couple also enjoyed old fashioned cocktails at the bar with marquee letters in the background and ended the night with the first dance underneath a showering of heart shaped confetti!
Our DIY projects consisted of spray painting a dozen gold wine bottles for candles, glitter donuts (not edible but great for photos) and heart shaped confetti that was used for the first dance. Our favourite moments to capture were the portraits that showed the love between this real couple, the laser cut Vancouver city skyline stationary (two grooms are better than one) and the dessert table that turned out beautifully.
For our sweetheart table we chose a beautiful rustic reclaimed wood table draped with a luscious greenery garland, gold accent place settings for a more formal look, underneath a chandelier of greenery and gold wine bottles with taper candles.
The advice and inspiration that I hope couples take away from this is to remember your love story, why you are getting married and to personalize the day into one that is true to you. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and be different- that’s what will make your day beautiful!
I’d love if you took a moment to hop over to Green Wedding Shoes and view the whole feature- and leave some love in the comments! I hope this shoot inspired you as much as it did me. If it did… I’d love to hear from you! Leave us a note in the comments with your favourite element of the shoot.