QUEER IRL PHOTO GALLERY: Queers in Celebration!

Sasha and Kelly / 26, 28 / We Got Married! / Mount Vernon Country Club, Golden, CO / July 21st, 2017

“After six years of friendship and dating, the legalization of same sex marriage, and many sleepless nights of wedding planning, Kelly and Sasha have their first dance as wife and wife. Those smiles have yet to fade in the months since their incredible wedding day.”

Jess and Margaret / We Got Married!! / Honesdale,PA / 2016

“Once upon a time, in the year 2012, Margaret messaged Jess anonymously on Tumblr “I’d cuddle with you baby”, (not even kidding). A month after Skyping/texting/phone calls Margaret bought a ticket to Albuquerque, NM to meet Jess for the first time in person. 4 1/2 years later we got married on Margaret’s parents property in front of our friends and family. It was the best day ever, ever, ever.
*Special memory included…Jess broke her wrist that night at the end of the reception.”

Tia and Stephanie / 28, 29 / Wedding / New Orleans, LA / March 26, 2016

“Steph and I knew early on in our relationship that we would get married but living in Louisiana, we weren’t sure if we would ever be able to have a legal wedding in our chosen home city. On June 26th, 2015, the day the supreme court came down with the decision to expand marriage to include same sex couples we got engaged. We initially planned to get married the next day but then decided to wait 9 months and surround ourselves with friends and family. Here is a photo of our ceremony and one of us singing a toasting infused vodka shots to a polish singing toast.”

Clark and Olivia / 21, 20 / Holland Project Halloween Show / Reno, NV / 2017

“Every halloween a local all ages art and music venue puts on a Halloween show where the bands dress up as famous musicians and play covers. This year we went as Groot and Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Kerry and Jennifer / Wedding / Neon Sign Museum, Las Vegas, NV / October 09, 2015

“We had been engaged for a few year uncertain what we wanted to do for our wedding. When Nevada made gay marriage legal we knew we had to do it there. We had about 50 people take a double decker bus from our hotel loaded with booze and a sound system, to the Neon Sign Museum. The ceremony was quick and sweet followed by a taco truck, a super drunk bus ride back to the hotel and a huge hotel suite party. Kerry passed out before midnight and Jen stayed up gambling till 5 am with guests. So classic us.”

Christy, Sarah, Chuck and Brian / Thirty-Somethings and Sixty-Somethings / Wedding / Pasadena, CA / 2008

Monica and Chris / Celebrating Our Second Wedding Anniversary (Two Weeks Late) / Amsterdam

“Chris and I took a vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversary to Iceland and Amsterdam. This was taken at Zaanss Schans. Chris made the hats we are wearing, and mine is my favorite plaid.”

Olivia and Giselle / 24 / Getting Married! / WA / September 9, 2017

“This photo encapsulates our wedding to me — a ton of my best friends (who are almost all queer) having a goofy time and recreating a photo from our first friendsgiving together. Back: Caity, Becca, Elly, Sam; Second row: Olivia (my wife!), Jo, and Avi, and me, Giselle (I’m the Leo being lifted… typical.) We were so lucky to celebrate with so many precious people and I still can’t believe that day was real. Love, y’all, it’s the best.”

Melissa and Niki / French Quarter Wedding Chapel, New Orleans, LA / January, 2017

“This is my wife and I coming out (not THAT coming out, we were way out here) from getting hitched at the French Quarter Wedding Chapel in New Orleans. We decided to ditch our wedding plans here in St. Petersburg, FL our hometown where our super LGBT friendly mayor was to marry us at city hall in order to have our special day fall under the Obama administration rather than the administration which shall not be named.”

Britta and Ida / 30, 31 / We Got Married! / Uppsala, Sweden / Oct 14, 2017

“We got married in a small ceremony with our families and a few friends – we are planning a bigger party this summer, but wanted to keep the actual wedding simple and private. We got married in a church, and when we were on our way there, literally a few minutes before the ceremony, the priest called. “I would normally wear a white stole for a wedding,” he said, “but I just found a rainbow coloured one. Would you mind if I wear it?””

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  1. Oh my gosh, thank you all for sharing your joy and smiles! You are all so good-looking! So many of you are married and your weddings are gorgeous!

    Also, couple who met in nun school, please write a book. Or at least an AS post.

    • I have written several fictional pieces that use our origin story. They never quite reach the magic of the real thing. I probably will try to capture our true story someday. :)

  2. These photos are giving me such life today! Excellent, excellent job everybody! ? ☀️ ❤️

    Also, *thank you* Autostraddle editors and contributors for posting such powerfully uplifting content today. I was expecting this day to feel heavy af, and in some ways it still is, but I’m filled with more energy, optimism, and love than I could’ve expected.

  3. Wedding at Crystal Bridges! I worked there from the beginning of construction until early 2014 and would have LOVED to be there for your wedding! I helped lots of cute couples get engaged and do elopement ceremonies on the trails and at the LOVE sculpture but I just know y’all would have been my faves.

    If you ever come down to Shreveport, hit me up and I’ll buy you a beverage of your choice!

  4. my favorite part of this gallery is that there are so many weddings and engagements and group celebrations and i’m just like I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY LOOK AT MY COOL PINK SPARKLY DRESS PAY ATTENTION TO ME!! which, frankly, is very on brand and i have no regrets.

    but for real, this whole gallery makes my heart explode, thank you everyone who contributed and thank you laneia for tirelessly putting these together and thank you queer people for making my whole goddamn world go round <3

  5. It was such a joy to be a part of Jack and Darcy’s day. They are both loving and caring individuals, and I feel so lucky to have them as friends. If either of them are reading this, love you both!

    Saying that, it was such a joy to look at all these celebratory pictures and read their words. On a day that feels very positive for queer people, this post gave me one more reason to be happy today.

  6. This is adorable and all the weddings (and all y’all!) are beautiful!

    ALSO: Vicky – Madrid??? Because I am also here and am lacking in English-speaking queer lady friends, so, like, send me a message or something so we can maybe be friends? Awesome.

    • @gasp-its-harto HIIIIII! Yes Madrid, I live here! And I am a very-queer, very-lady, and very-English speaking person and we should def be friends! I know a lot of other queer ladies (a few who speak English lol). Let’s meet up ?

  7. I love this. So many weddings and friends’ weddings! So many Pride celebrations! And engagements! And birthdays! And sparklers! And a unicorn boat! Life is good.

    • Not to mention the graduations and misc friend groups having fun in beautiful places. Love the backpack photo and the Spice Girls.

  8. OMG, I’m loving all these celebrations! I am so excited to see so many weddings, and engagements, and I really want in on that murder mystery, it looks like so much fun. Also, shout out to all the Andrea’s in here ❤️

    • This is amazing!!! I saw Taylor Mac do a lecture/radio broadcast interview at my university on art and activism this past January, around inauguration time (along with Bill T. Jones, a modern dance legend, and Niegel Smith, a playwright). The three interviewees were so incredibly insightful and inspiring, and…I’m just so grateful for queer artists. As a queer dancer/performance art person myself, I’m super excited to know that Autostraddle folks have connections like this! How cool that you are/were in this production!

  9. oh autostraddle! i did not realize how much i needed to see page after page of smiling, in love, happy, celebrating queers on this day; but here i am with tears streaming down my face beaming back at it all. thank you for this. and for everything. literally so worth my A+ membership just for this feeling. thank you.

  10. I LOVE ALL THE HAPPY QUEERS. Also, I gave up wedding photography because I’m so incredibly tired of straight people and they far outnumbered the queer folks I worked with, but damn this makes me want to go find way more queer weddings because they are genuinely the greatest experiences.

    • Queer weddings really are the best. My partner’s a wedding officiant and my favorite weddings to try to invite myself to are the queer ones – especially for older, long term couples who never expected to be able to marry.

  11. This is just lovely, all of you beautiful people. Congratulations to you all on your engagements,weddings,graduations,fun with friends, theatre parties…..everything. You’re all doing you with love and style.

  12. These are all such lovely photos <3 <3 also, hey Erin and Sarah who got married in Wandsworth! That's where I grew up, it's so nice to see some happy queer people getting married there :)

  13. You all are lovely. Seeing all of this happy makes me so happy! (And not just because my darling girlfriend and I are featured in it)
    Keep it up, friends. Remember – better days are coming. :)

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