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03/02/2015

Steph Grant Talks About Life As A Photographer For LGBT Weddings

This stunning collection of photos belongs to Steph Grant, a photographer who dedicated much of 2014 to documenting the weddings of LGBT couples.

Throughout the past year, Grant traveled all over the country in order to photograph the big day of a number of queer couples. The photos are absolutely beautiful and The Huffington Post chatted with Grant last week about her experiences.

The Huffington Post: What have your experiences been like as a photographer for LGBT weddings?

Steph Grant: My experiences have been mind blowing, to say the least! When I set out on this journey to photograph LGBT weddings exclusively in 2014 I had no idea how much of an adventure it would be. As much as I absolutely love my straight weddings and corporate clients I was excited to take this on. With all of my weddings being out-of-state my constant craving to travel and wander around has been met countless times. In 2014 alone photography has taken me to NYC, Philly, CA, Aruba, Canada, Nicaragua, Connecticut, Arizona and Hawaii, to name a few locations. More importantly, it’s an incredible feeling to be able to relate to my clients on so many levels -- not just as a wedding photographer but also something deeper. Being able to have conversations about our coming out stories, our families and experiences in life, I feel, makes it that much more meaningful. That is what my career is all about: connection, telling stories with my images and promoting love… one happy couple at a time.

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What is the whole experience of wedding photography about for you?

As an LGBT wedding photographer my goal is to have the world look at my images of happy and in love couples and absolutely forget any previous stereotypes of the LGBT community they might have living in their hearts and minds. There is just no need for negativity like that. In 2015, I know I will continue to meet clients who appreciate not only the importance of art but also the importance of feeling comfortable with your wedding photographer. It is so rewarding to have strangers say that as they were looking through my wedding stories they felt like they were actually attending the wedding. Like they had a front row seat and could feel the couple's love for each other.

What do you want the world to understand through your work as an LGBT wedding photographer?

A few things, actually:

1. Don’t hide who you are to make others feel comfortable. I spent a majority of my life doing just that and I feel like I wasted some crucial years worrying about what others thought of me -- it paralyzed me from reaching my full potential. There is only one you. Once you embrace that and find something you are passionate about the possibilities are endless. You can change the world and make a difference.

2. Have real conversations with your kids, friends, family etc. about loving other human beings and treating them as equals. It’s never a nice feeling to be “tolerated” or hear “i love you, but…”

3. You should never take being able to get married for granted. There’s something to say about finding “the one,” wanting to spend the rest of your life with them and not being able to get married to them. It really is a tragedy but I am so proud of the progress we have made in the US this past year. Things are looking up!

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31/01/2015

Alexander Graham Bell descendant to marry in spectacular wedding

A prominent Tucson family is hosting the wedding a lifetime and KGUN9 is the only TV station with access to the big event.

Graham and Jackie Bell have opened their home to many dignitaries over the years, including President George W. Bush and Sandra Day O'Connor.

Now, that same home will be the ceremony and reception venue for their grandson Michael as he marries Ruben, his boyfriend of four years.

Nearly 140 years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, another first: a same-sex marriage in the Bell family held in tucson.

Michael Thompson, grandson of Tucson residents Jackie and Graham Bell, and his fiancee Ruben Andrade will be wed at the family estate on April11th.

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The whole process will take place in front of the cameras. It's the first time a gay wedding will be featured in Tucson Lifestyle magazine, captured by photographer Shelley Welander, as same-sex marriage just became legal in Arizona last year.

"My grandparents have this incredible home...and it was free," laughed Michael. "They offered to let us have the ceremony and the reception there and we were like, 'You can't beat that,'" said Ruben. "And it's warm weather in April, everyone in Chicago is just ready to get out of there."

Both guys grew up and met in Chicago, and still live there, but Tucson has always had a special place in Michael's heart.

"I've always been coming here my whole life because they've always lived here. It's magical, I love it," said Michael.

As a UA grad, Michael brought Ruben back to the Old Pueblo to re-enact their engagement. The original took place at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago.

"It was gorgeous. I told him I was taking him there for his birthday and I know he doesn't like too much attention on him, so we were alone in the room and I told him I had one more birthday present and proposed," said Michael. "It was perfect," said Ruben.

"I saw the box and I opened it and I saw the ring and I was like, 'Are you serious?' and I just started crying," said Ruben. "I was like, 'Are you serious right now?' and he's like, 'Yea.' And I was like, 'Yes, yes, of course!'"

9 On Your Side will be there for Michael and Ruben's big day in April.

In the meantime, Tucson Lifestyle will feature a step in their trip to the alter each month. The February issue is out now.

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29/01/2015

It rained on my wedding day – and I wouldn’t have spent £100,000 to stop it Peter Ormerod

Phew. Everything’s sorted. All lists ticked off. Done. So you follow the advice and you have an early night and just before you go to bed you check the weather forecast, and you sigh and then you scream as you realise all the planning has been for nought. Because it’s going to rain. Of course it’s going to rain. And the rain will ruin everything. But then your parents call with good news: they have remortgaged their house and spent £100,000 to stop it raining. Everything’s fine. Better than that: everything’s perfect.

There’s no doubt that Oliver’s Travels, the company boasting of an Ariel-like ability to control the weather, is offering a product that some will want. The problem is it’s also reinforcing the idea of the “perfect wedding”. And I of all people should know such an idea is nonsense: my wedding was great, even though my bride’s wedding dress caught fire (didn’t think of that, did you, Alanis?).

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Actually, it was great precisely because my bride’s wedding dress caught fire. And because the church hall that housed our reception was a little shabby (albeit lovingly decorated by terrific friends) and because I exposed the price tag on the sole of my new pair of shoes as I knelt before the priest, and because my face was still bleeding from the almost literally cut-throat shave I’d had that morning. And because, yes, it rained.

Of all the things we do, getting married is among the most real. The wording of the Anglican service is unsparing: for every better there’s a worse, for every richer there’s a poorer, for every health there’s a sickness; joy is soon followed by sorrow, love by death. It’s not the stuff of soapy romance. And yet, your wedding day is invariably sold as flawless, bright, shiny and perfect. Utterly unreal and unlike the life on which you’re about to embark. Yes, there will be fun and excitement, but your boiler will break down, your chimney will need repointing, your cavity wall insulation will need replacing. No wonder divorce rates are risingif marriage is marketed as a fairytale.

Besides, there’s enough scope for nuptial control-freakery as it is without bringing the weather into it. It might be preferable if couples actually had fewer options, fewer details, less to customise, less to get tone-perfect. Then they’d be able to focus on the only things that matter, which are a) that they both turn up, b) that someone turns up to officiate, and c) that some people turn up to watch. (If you have £100,000 to spare, don’t spend it on meteorological manipulation like you think you’re Jesus. Spend it on food and drink for everyone. That’s pretty much all your guests will want, and frankly, they deserve it.)

If you’re lucky, your wedding won’t go according to plan. If you’re lucky, it won’t be the day you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re lucky, it’ll look nothing like it does in the brochures, nothing like it does in any film you’ve seen or any book you’ve read, nothing like any fairytale (although a wedding that looked like Rumpelstiltskin would be quite something). Flawed masterpieces are the best sort: give me the Beatles’ White Album over the Beatles’ blue album any day.

My wife’s wedding dress, once pristine and brilliant, hangs singed and sooted (blame the cake). It was beautiful, and it’s now even more beautiful, but it’s only a dress. All that really mattered was that my wife was unharmed: the swift actions of a friend saved us from having to spend our wedding night in our local burns unit. So may your wedding day be gloriously imperfect. May the sun shine, yes. But may it rain, too.

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