13 Photographers On Their Favorite Same-Sex Weddings

We asked photographers from the book The New Art Of Capturing Love to share some moments and lessons learned while photographing a couple’s big day.

1. “What I love most is witnessing unique moments like two brides foregoing the traditional wedding bridal party…

Denver Smith Photography


… and instead both choosing their parents to stand up with them during the ceremony.”

Denver Smith, Denver Smith Photography

2. “Working with same-sex couples has helped me question some of my assumptions about straight couples and, in turn, I am better when photographing all couples.”

Thea Dodds / Via

Thea Dodd, Authentic Eye Photography

3. “The most special moment I have captured […] both sets of parents stood up with their sons while they said their vows to each other. They circled around the couple showing their love, while giving blessings and support for this union.”

Andrea Flanagan, Andrea Flanagan Photography

4. “Love is a universal melody sung by all couples, it’s up to you to hear the music.”

Andrea Flanagan Photography / Via

Andrea Flanagan, Andrea Flanagan Photography

5. “Same-sex couples have been fighting for a right that heterosexual couples take for granted. So there is something so pure, so real, and vulnerable about the love between the couples that just feels different to me.”

Kristin Chalmers, Kristin Chalmers Photography

6. “The most important thing I learned when photographing two brides is to focus the love they have for each other. Love between two people is powerful and a beautiful thing to capture.”

Bri McDaniel, Bri McDaniel Photography

Bri McDaniel, Bri McDaniel Photography

7. “The most special moments I have when working with a couple is always the quiet moments – just the two of them.”

Kat Forder, Kat Forder Photography

8. “They are no different from any other couple. Love is love and capturing that special bond and moment of happiness is my main objective regardless of sexual orientation.”

Jeremy Fraser, LA Exposures

Jeremy Fraser, LA Exposures

9. “Bystanders and passersby are frequently high fiving and congratulating my couples, and it’s an amazing experience for couples who come from all over to be married in DC.“

Maggie Winters, Pop Wed Co

10. “I leave every wedding feeling as if I have made at least two new friends because they have let me see, share, and capture some of the most meaningful parts of their experience together.”

Jody Webster Holman, Holman Photography / Via

Jody Webster Holman, Holman Photography

11. “The most important thing I learned when photographing same-sex couples was not to put gender roles on them.”

Cean Orrett, Cean One Studios / Via / Via

Cean Orrett, Cean One Studios

12. “I am especially honored when working with couples who may have been engaged for many years and are coming to my hometown of Washington DC for a ceremony that they are denied in their own state.”

Meredith Hanafi, Meredith Hanafi Photography / Via

“In these ceremonies, the officiant and I may be the only two people witnessing one of the most special moments of the couples’ lives together and so it is essential that we truly honor and respect the ceremony.” – Meredith Hanafi, Hanafi Photography

13. “What I’ve learned about working with same-sex couples is that gender has absolutely nothing to do with love.”

Maggie Winters, Maggie Winters Photography / Via

Maggie Winters, Maggie Winters Photography

These images were collected from the works of photographers involved in the book The New Art Of Capturing Love and provided by co-author Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds.

The wedding guide includes examples of engagement sessions, wedding & reception moments, and a special focus on wedding parties and wedding ritual. Kathryn Hamm is president of, the leading online boutique and resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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