Saturday was my middle sister's wedding to her longtime partner. All in all, it was a really heartfelt, simple, and fun day, a celebration much like the brides themselves. I had never been to a same-sex wedding before, and we didn't really know what to expect, but except for the MC who, out of habit, kept saying "les nouveaux mariés" (a plural formulation in French which means the newlyweds but implies that at least one of the parties is masculine -the correct expression would have been "les nouvelles mariées"), it turned out to be remarkably similar to any other wedding: filled with emotions, proud parents, tears, expressions of deep and true love...
I am really happy to live in a country in which same-sex unions are legal. That her relationship was recognized just like everyone else's meant a lot to my sister, and she was so happy to now be able to call her soulmate "my wife". Like I said during my bridesmaid toast, I am very proud of her for having had the courage to accept who she was and not be ashamed of it, however hard it still is sometimes (even in this very progressive society).
I did the flowers of course and this time I did not forget to take (several) pictures...
Here's the finished result: I was thinking that it was probably the only time I would need to do two brides' bouquets!
Here are the flowers as I first took them home. The sunflowers were not part of the wedding but rather a nice gift from the florist, I guess as a token of appreciation for having given him some good business lately (with both my sisters getting married within a month!)
There were also two bridesmaid bouquets, 10 boutonnieres (including one for LP, the ring bearer!) and two arrangements for the reception hall. There were pale pink roses with a hint of fuchsia, pink Asian lilies, pink freesias, white orchids, white calla lilies and hydrangeas. Those came from my own garden, therefore I was able to pull this off for only 120$! The hydrangeas first bloomed in white, but they turned green overnight a few days before the wedding. At first I was wondering what to do, but I finally decided to go on with them and I'm really glad I did! First because pink and green is a really pretty and chic combination, and second because they highlighted green accents present in all the other flowers, and especially the calla lilies and the orchids. The ribbon cost about 20$ and was bought at an amazing sewing accessories store in NYC called M&J Trimming. While there, I also got a smaller version of the same ribbon to use on the ring cushion (which my mom made for a song). It was lovely!
The ceremony took place at the City Hall in Quebec City, and the reception was held at a nice venue overlooking the St.Lawrence River. The weather forecast was 80% chance of heavy rain, but in the end we had none, and there were even a few stray sunshine rays.
The brides... Sis is on the right...
I just love family portraits... Let's just say we have not had many of those since my parents got divorced 17 years ago... Other sis looks so tiny for 5 months pregnant! (Totally unlike me, alas!)
I'll be adding more pictures soon, at the very least of cutie LP in his wedding attire (M did not look bad at all either). It might take a little while, since I have to wait until the brides come back from their New England honeymoon (Boston, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Martha's Vineyard). Bon voyage, les filles!