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Nicole & April wed on September 27th, 2015 at The Winery at Elk Manor in North East, Maryland. Sarah Koermer, owner of High Contrast Photography shared their gorgeous photos from their Maryland lesbian wedding ceremony and here is Nicole’s recollection of their beautiful wedding day! Congratulations Nicole & April!


How did you pick your venue?

We chose our venue because we wanted an outdoor wedding on the water. We wanted our wedding to be fun and laid back and Elk Manor fit that criteria. We had about 80 guests including family and friends. We wrote our own vows, and actually repeated some things to each other without knowing the other person had also written them! We laughed and cried, they were perfect.


Oops Moment:

We both actually had to hand write them on paper minutes before the ceremony because they were on our phone/ipad and we had forgotten!


How long were you together before getting engaged?

We were together about 9 months when April proposed. April had said early on that she wasn’t sure if she would every get married, she sure changed her mind quick! Neither of us had been married before, both had been in long term relationships but something just wasn’t right. When I knew I could love a Steelers fan, considering I am a Ravens fan, I knew she was the one!


How big was your wedding party?

We both had 2 special people beside us on the day we were married, friends that we have had for a long time. Our English Bulldog Tater was also by our side.


Where did you honeymoon?

We honeymooned in New England for a week following our wedding. We spent time in Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown/Cape Cod and Boston. We wanted to honeymoon somewhere low key and then when the weather is cold and yucky we plan to runaway to somewhere warm!


Advice to other same-sex couple on planning a lesbian wedding and selecting your vendors?

I’ll be the first to admit… I walked into our venue on the day we went to see it and possibly book it for our wedding with nothing but nerves. I was nervous booking every vendor because we were a lesbian couple and lets face it, some people just aren’t as accepting as others. I asked if it was going to be a problem that we were a gay couple and without hesitation the event planner stated “absolutely not.” I am pretty sure we were actually the first same sex marriage at Elk Manor. After that moment I brought it up to our other vendors but my nerves about not being accepted went out the window, it was their loss if they didn’t choose to be a part of our day. Every vendor was accepting and absolutely wonderful…we wouldn’t have changed anything and are so happy that these people were able to be a part of our special day. Thank you for your blog and I hope it helps other same sex couples choose their vendors.


Maryland or Delaware Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors from their special day:

Venue- The Winery at Elk Manor,

Caterer- The Smokehouse Grill,

Photographer- High Contrast Photography,

Flowers- The Twisted Vine,

Cake- Bing’s Bakery,

DJ- DJ Sean (Sean Rogers)

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