It’s been tough staying mum on our last Spring/Summer 2018 Exquisite Weddings cover. But alas, we’ve finally reached the day our lips can become unsealed, revealing our August/September cover and our first-ever gay couple to land on it, Paul and Richard!
We admit, this has been a long time coming—an entire decade of publications, in fact!—and we’re over the moon to have Paul and Richard hold this momentous spot, captured by Acqua Photo. And that’s not just because of their on-point Pantone Color of the Year color palette or debonair Klein Epstein & Parker threads.
Their love story is among the sweetest we’ve ever had the pleasure to share, with beginnings on OkCupid and nuptials as fun as the gents themselves, complete with confetti canyons, a flash mob, Swarovski crystal-encrusted shoes, and speeches worthy of replication.
Speaking of replication, we’re accepting real wedding submissions—gay, straight, black, white, babies or dogs in tow, love is love and that’s precisely the beautiful inspiration we seek.
We’re so grateful to Paul and Richard for sharing theirs!
THE TALENT BEHIND THE REAL WEDDING COVER:
Cake: Michelle Coulon Dessertier
Catering: Buona Forchetta
Entertainment: Matthew Rubino of The Flashdance
Florist: Floral Designs by Bethany
Hair & Makeup: Belle Sirene Salon
Linens: Abbey Party Rents
Men’s Custom Suits: Klein Epstein & Parker
Officiant: Maria Kallas Monroe
Photographer: Acqua Photo
Rentals: Abbey Party Rents, Evergreen Event Rental
Rings: Jewelry by Design
Venue: Private residence in Valley Center
Wedding Coordinator: Events by Sonya
Wine & Drinks: Hatcher Winery, Health-Ade Kombucha