I loved everything about this wedding. From the couple's story, to the beautiful The Vineyard at 37 High Holly, to the first signs of Fall in the Carolina mountains, everything about it just popped. Amy and Elliot aren't the kind of people who follow tradition, and their wedding reminded everyone present that love truly has no boundaries.
The couple first met at a mutual friend's party, where they happened to be the only two single people there. Although not "set up," they talked but neither bothered to exchange contact information that night. Days later Elliot mustered up the courage to ask Amy out on date via Facebook, she agreed, and the rest as they say, is history. Less than a year later Amy proposed with a ring for each of them in hand.
Seeing as how they are a "nontraditional" couple, why stop with the bride and groom? Rather than ask a stranger to officiate their wedding, they had not one but two officiants, two of their closest friends who "knew us intimately and could speak to us as individuals and in partnership." The officiating was laced with everything from the kind of compliments that only a close friend would know, to mentions of social and racial injustice, to recognizing the historic Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriage across America earlier this year.
They also uniquely personalized their wedding by having both genders on both sides of their wedding party. To this couple, a friend is a friend, and they wanted everyone to be included regardless of sex. This was just one more way their day proved that love should not be bound by stereotype or tradition. Thank you both for reminding us all of that.