Shannon & Tina
LGBTQ Wedding at Union Station in Charleston, SC
These two are something special. The Boyds had their LGBTQ wedding at Union Station on a hot rainy summer day, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I’ve known these ladies for years, so getting to play a role in their wedding day was truly an honor. Before my husband and I moved to Texas, he taught choir at the same high school Shannon teaches art at. Let me just tell you, Shannon is freaking talented! Jordan and I have a commissioned watercolor painting that she did of the first home we bought together. At that house, we had many art department holiday parties, which consisted of several beer pong tournaments in which Shannon and Tina kicked my ass.
First Look between Two Brides
We all waited in anticipation for Shannon and Tina to see each other…mostly because they unknowingly chose very similar dresses. When they turned around, we could see their facial expressions go from shock, to amusement, and finally to joy. A first look between two brides requires a different set up than one between a bride and groom. Both of their looks need to be kept secret. We opted to do a back-to-back reveal, but you can also find two doorways or a corner that allow for each bride to walk out and see each other simultaneously. You could also do this idea with a bride and groom, two grooms, or any couple if both looks are intentionally kept a surprise until that moment of reveal.
See an example of a first look between two grooms in this LGBTQ Wedding at Legare Waring House. Marc and Keith decided to see each other for the first time right before they walked down the aisle. And let me tell you, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Ceremony Ideas for an LGBTQ Wedding at Union Station in Charleston, SC
Fun Wedding Portraits at Hampton Park in Charleston, SC
Since Union Station is surrounded by parking lots, Shannon and Tina opted to take a party bus to nearby Hampton Park for their portraits. The shades of blue and green that the bridesmaids wore were the perfect palette for the setting. Despite constantly swatting bugs and wiping the sweat from our brow (and several other unspeakable places), we had a freaking blast and created some undeniably epic wedding party portraits at Hampton Park.
Portrait Ideas for Two Brides
Since I photograph a lot of LGBTQ+ weddings, I often get asked by other photographers how to pose two brides or two grooms. The truth is, there isn’t a difference. The only advice I give to inquiring photographers is to switch up who is in front or behind in your posing so that you don’t pigeon hole one partner into a role. In every partnership, regardless of if they are heterosexual, LGBTQ+, or otherwise, I strive to direct each partner as equals, and not assign a “role” to either person. Every relationship has a different dynamic, so never assume that your “normal” way of doing things is what best represents that couple.
Did I mention that Shannon’s last name is Boyd? And now Tina’s is too 🙂
When Jordan and Shannon taught at the same high school, so many students thought they were married or related because of their shared last name. To make things even weirder, Shannon’s mom’s name is SARA! Spelled the same way as mine. The entire wedding, Shannon’s mom and I joked about both being Sara Boyd.
Motion Blur Photography for Epic Dance Moves!
The Midnight City Band created the most epic vibe for the dance floor at Shannon and Tina’s wedding. I love photographing dance floors with a motion blur technique. It gives the images more movement, and replicates the vibe better than bright lights ever could. For the photographers out there, the key to motion blur photos is to jerk your camera a tiny bit every time you take an image. This little jerk will cause any artificial light in the room to blur into fun shapes. In addition, you’ll need to point your flash directly at your subjects, lower your shutter speed way down, close your aperture way down, and adjust the settings on your flash significantly. For this set of photos, I had on a 24mm lens set to ISO 200, f/22, at 1/6 second.
Are you planning a LGBTQ Wedding in Charleston and looking for a photographer? I would love to chat with you. Also, check out the vendor list below for other inclusive vendors to consider for your team.
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Wedding Vendors in Charleston, SC
Photographer – Sara Boyd
Venue & Bar – Union Station
Planner – Hart & Flora Designs
Florist & Linens – Duvall Floral & Decor
Catering – Duvall Events
Dessert – Glazed Gourmet
Band – Midnight City Band
Ceremony Musicians – Bob Williams Duo
Beauty – Lashes and Lace
Specialty Lights – Alpha Lit
Officiant – Personal Friend
Transportation – Coastal Limo