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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.

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.“

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.”

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 meredith-hanafi.com

"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

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 GayWeddings.com, the leading online boutique and resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999.

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