Two Brides

March 26, 2009, 3:08 pm
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My life is kinda in total chaos right now. With the launch of So You’re EnGAYged, I have waaay more stuff to do. Plus, I just gave my two weeks notice to my vet job because it was becoming a nightmare. I love my hospital, I have worked there almost 4 years, but the organization is just having serious management issues and is handling employees like criminals, not people who care about their job. It’s sad, but I just felt like no one cared how much I cared- just making a list of mini mistakes I made. So that has me feeling way down. I loved my job and the animals. But enough is enough.

We are also moving to New Haven, CT since Natalie picked Yale. So we are looking at houses, which I’m thrilled about. But poor Nat is nervous- and so am I- about moving to a whole new place.

I feel a little bit like I’m floating out here with nothing trying me to the earth. My job, my location, everything it seems is in flux. I’m trying to realize it’s all going to settle down come September, but I’m anxious honestly.


We are live
March 16, 2009, 3:29 pm
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It’s not just me anymore, it’s 6 other gay couples blogging! Are you ready for So You’re EnGAYged??? Go check it out!

This week you’ll meet the other bloggers, have a chance at winning a free “Marriage is so gay” tshirt, and learn about some cool LGBT wedding vendors that are making an effort to turn the wedding industry around!

Honestly, I’m so freakin excited that this is happening. Can you believe it??? Plus it’s official, Natalie and I are moving to CT so Nat can go to Yale. We can get legally married!!!!!!

Official Launch of So You’re EnGAYged
March 16, 2009, 9:00 am
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Our official launch is tomorrow! Here’s a blurb about our launch:


Kelly Prizel of Film Noir Photography and author of Two Brides Blog has teamed up with Lara Swanson of Lara Swanson Photography to create So You’re EnGAYged (, an online resource for same-sex and allied couples. So You’re EnGAYged features same-sex couples blogging about their wedding-planning experiences, LGBT-friendly vendor profiles, wedding tips for vendors and clients, and LGBT news. What differentiates So You’re EnGAYged from many other same-sex wedding resources is that vendors do not pay to be featured on the site; rather, they have to go through a verification process that ensures their business is actively LGBT-friendly. Furthermore, So You’re EnGAYged only accepts paid advertisements from those vendors who have gone through this vetting process. So You’re EnGAYged hopes to assist same-sex and allied couples in planning weddings that are meaningful and reflect their own ethical commitments. So You’re EnGAYged hopes to become the go-to online site for same-sex wedding planning.


7 days!
March 9, 2009, 7:59 pm
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So You’re EnGAYged is officially launching next Monday! I’m trying to get the word out as best I can- if your a blogger, please contact me if you would like to do a blog post about our launch.

My email is

I’m stomach turning nervous. I really really hope people visit the site and it becomes succesful. I’ll be blogging there 3 times weekly, so I’m going to say Goodbye to Two Brides very shortly. Things are a’changing!

March 4, 2009, 2:45 pm
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Sometimes I wish I could just design wedding DIY stuff for brides all day and be a sorta wedding diy designer for hire. There are REAL ladies out there that do this like Melangerie. I adore everything they do and their stuff is right up my alley. They like the little details, wowing in the off the beaten path ideas, and always make it looks flawless.


This was a project for a NYC bride who wanted her guests greeted with something other the the usual gable box. I’m smitten.




And this genealogy/how do you know the bride/groom bride/groom framed poster? Holy smokes people, I love it. Now don’t tell me that doesn’t have your brain doing a happy dance and thinking of ways to make your wedding stand out.

I think it has to do with the fact I’m obsessed with packaging. I love ribbon, paper, wrapping paper, the works….For Film Noir I’m always on the lookout for the best presentation supplies. I have so many ideas it’s hard for me to choose and then I end up throwing something together. That is going to change this month as I revamp my contract/presentation products. I even started a flickr group for small buisnesses to show off their packaging ideas.

New Haven? Atlanta?
February 26, 2009, 10:03 am
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If you follow me on facebook or twitter you know Natalie applied to grad schools in the fall for a PhD in English. Well, we have officially heard from everyone and Nat’s top two choices are Yale and Emory. Which means I’m moving. Not yet! But in June or July I will officially leave DC. I have lived here my whole life and never left except for 6 months in Southern Virginia(don’t even ask how bad).


via flickr

New Haven Good:

  • We could get LEGALLY married! Um, hells ya! Say hello to saving $$ on legal forms we were going to draw up.
  • We would be much much closer to most of Natalie’s family who live in NYC
  • I could really meet with and work for many more same-sex couple because 1. I’m in state a lot of couples travel to for their wedding to make it legal 2. I’m so close to NYC. The possibility of doing mostly same-sex weddings has me literally jumping around the house. Film Noir Photography could really become known for catering to gay couples, what my little dream is.
  • Did I mention we could be legally married?????

New Haven Bad

  • Either town we live in, I’m going to be so far from my mom 😦
  • It’s cold!! I hate the cold! And my dreams of a succulent garden would have to wait a long time.
  • It’s a lot smaller than DC. A lot lot. Can I be a small town girl?


via flickr

Atlanta Good

  • Warm weather almost year round. The bunnies and kitties could romp outdoors a lot more. They vote for this.
  • It’s a semi-big city. I love living in a city.
  • I love the people at Emory- they are so warm and inviting.

Atlanta Bad

  • Gay rights in Georgia is pretty much nothing. And it’s not very liberal. Yikes!
  • I would have to rethink Film Noir Photography- I would have to do a lot less same-sex weddings.
  • We would be soooooo far from any family

Readers, have you lived in either city? Or gone to either school as a grad student?? Let me know what you honestly thought or think about it. I don’t know anyone in these areas and don’t know really what they are like.

3 New Fab Blogs
February 24, 2009, 5:59 pm
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You read your blogs through an RSS Reader don’t you? That’s the only way I can read as many blogs as I do. I have my google reader and it instantly updates and displays new blog posts from blogs I specifically read.

If your a bride, you should not be living without it.

I have a few blogs I recently discovered that I’m swooning over:

Twig & Thistle is a blog with all you DIY brides in mind. Not only do they provide free instructions and pdf files all the time, they have a fab Etsy store to buy things if you don’t have time. Modern brides and design minded brides will adore this blog.


{A} is a blog that centers around crafts, more specifically, digital scrapbooking and regular paper scrapbooking. This woman cooks up the loveliest pages, layouts and crafts. I am currently digital scrapbooking my year of planning my wedding and heavily rely on this blog to spark ideas.6a00d83451bb3569e20105371ba8c0970b-500wi

My favorite things is a blog by a stamp designer. If your looking for how-to ideas for table numbers, invitations, save the dates, programs, or any paper craft, go on over to this blog. Not only does it feature mouth watering ideas, it also shows you wear you can get dozens of cute stamps, paper and more. Mostly it helps gives you an idea of specific techniques of crafting and the tools to get the job done.6a00e54ef2e29988330111685c79b4970c-500wi