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Little Gem Micro Weddings: Celebrating Pride 2020 at the Brooklyn Grange

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of planning and coordinating three micro weddings on the Brooklyn Grange rooftop alongside some of our favorite queer wedding vendors. On the 50th anniversary of the Pride March - 51 years after the Stonewall Riots, where our queer mothers Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Riviera led the fight for LGBTQIA+ justice alongside so many others - we celebrated queer life and love with three special couples and their guests.

Karla and Daniela of Once Upon a Vow officiated ceremonies, and Judson Rappaport and Debbie Lemonte captured photos of the day. The Grange provided the perfect setting for three beautiful, sustainable weddings. Couples shared their love with intimate groups of friends and family, took photos on the rooftop, popped champagne, and we even ended the day with a double rainbow!

This year's Pride celebration was different than years past, as we are unable to gather in groups, but it afforded us a moment to step back and recognize that the fight for queer liberation and the fight for Black liberation are intertwined. None of us are free until all of us our free, and we're proud to stand alongside our queer and trans Black siblings to say that Black lives matter, and Black trans lives matter.

Couples were nominated for this experience by themselves or friends, and you can read their stories from their nomination submissions below.

Happy Pride, friends!

Elizabeth & Maria

Photos by Judson Rappaport Photography

"Nominating my fav 90 day fiancé lesbian BFF Elizabeth Nwabuez. My great friend Elizabeth Nwabuez who is a Nigerian-American lesbian (attorney) met her love studying abroad in Geneva, a super cute Italian marine biologist named Maria Paola, and next thing you know she petitioned her under the famous K-1 visa aka 90 Day Fiancé - and now they live together in their Brooklyn lesbian paradise with their puppy Drago. They had to do a rushed city hall wedding so Maria Paola could stay and have been dreaming of a full wedding ceremony since!"

Meg & Natalie

Photos by Judson Rappaport Photography

"Natalie is a dancer and retail store manager, originally from Rochester. Meg is a city employee working for the public hospital system, originally from Michigan. We are both vegan, love to cook, love to stay active, and love dogs! We got engaged over Memorial Day weekend and since have been searching for locations for our wedding next year. We found Brooklyn Grange as our ideal spot for a ceremony/reception but very quickly realized it was way out of our price range. The photos and moment would be spectacular. We’d still love to visit sometime! 
We're just a lil queer couple living in Bushwick with our dog, Remi. Meg works for NYC Health and Hospitals and Natalie is a retail manager, contemporary dancer, and crisis counselor. After spending 3 months straight together in our studio apartment, we knew we could do it for a lifetime. So, we got engaged at the end of May (!!!) and have since been working, wedding planning, and most importantly, protesting. "

Kate & Meredith

Photos by DAG Images

"My partner and I met on a blind date. We planned to get married at the court house on our two year anniversary this past May, but have had to put it on hold for now. Marriage was never on the forefront of our minds until we met eachother. We're both cyclist with a shared love of cheese and the great outdoors. This is a wonderful thing that you guys are doing! Thank you!!"
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