Seattle Same-Sex Wedding Photography: Janet & Sue's Intimate Courthouse Wedding

This time last year, Washington residents were preparing to vote on Referendum 74, which would officially allow same-sex couples to marry.  The referendum passed, and the overturning of DOMA followed several months after.  Like many supporters of gay marriage, I felt absolute elation when these laws passed because marriage equality is an issue near and dear to my heart.  So now, almost a year after WA approved same-sex marriage, I get to share with you the first same-sex wedding I got to photograph.

Earlier this summer, I had the absolute pleasure and honor of being a part of sweet Janet and Sue's wedding day.  It was an intimate Bellevue Courthouse ceremony with only two witnesses; their wonderful daughter, Jessee, who flew in from Washington D.C. and a close family friend, Stacey, who made the trek from Montana.

Janet and Sue have been together since the 70's and are enjoying retirement; playing with their two labs and traveling in their motorhome.  When it came to "making it official," these two decided to keep things low-key, which I love.  There were lots of laughs as the brides and their witnesses posed for portraits before the ceremony, and we shared a story or two while we waited to be invited into the courtroom.

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As for the ceremony, I'll never forget it.  These two women did not need the law's approval to commit to one another nearly 40 years ago, but it was very clear in that courtroom, that out of this ceremony grew even more love.  Love affirmed, love spoken, and a commitment [finally] recognized by the state.  Not a dry eye in the house. It's hard to take good photos when you're crying, but I did my best. :)

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After the ceremony the group headed to Purple Cafe & Wine Bar for a yummy wedding feast.  Sue, Janet: Congratulations!  What a cool day to be a part of.  All my best to you!