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Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Johns’

Anti-Brides, Two Brides are back with the grand finale of their wedding weekend in two parts. We were holding off on running the story for a few reasons:
1. I had two press trips this summer and things were crazy town, blog posts were more sporadic, “Follow Friday’s” non existent.
2. Two Brides represent a category on the app, and I wanted their wedding to be on “Wedding Wednesday” – the first full week the Anti-Bride iPhone App was out.

Our Two Brides, Stacy Jill and Melissa Calvert of Queerly Wed are back to discuss all things having to do with queer weddings across the country and in our legislature. At Antibride.com we’re all about cool trends, cute dresses and yummy food for W-day; but until everyone gets to celebrate their big day, their way (with the partner of their choosing), we’re going to keep same sex weddings front and center. Now without further ado….drum roll please: Two Brides Tie the Knot!

Melissa and her Mom

The Week Before

Melissa:

The week before the Big Day was crazy! Stacy was working (couldn’t get days off!!) and I was left with a lot to do on my own during the days. Luckily, my mom came on Thursday. She is our superstar! I had been having difficulty with my sewing machine (which was hers from the 60′s) and there were several projects left to be finished. She came in, immediately diagnosed the problem and proceeded to speed sew our DIY photobooth backdrops, two ring bearer pillows and our Chuppah within an hour. She also was generous enough to loan us her car for transporting all of our stuff downtown to the venue and hotel. We keep saying how awesome she is…and how lucky!

Stacy:
We arrived at the Ambassador East hotel on Friday afternoon, and I received a text from my cousin Whitney. “So, did you get them?” I had no idea what she was referring to until later that evening. Our wedding gift from her and that part of the family was a package of Sloppy Joe’s. This may not seem extraordinary, but the Sloppy Joe’s made by Town Hall Deli in South Orange, New Jersey is not your ordinary sandwich and holds a lot of child memories for our family. It was a perfect treat to help start the weekend.

Waba Chicago for Korean fusion food and fun..

That evening we gathered at WaBa my cousins’ restaurant, for our bachelorette party. Ben and Jamie provided us with a feast of Korean/American fusion, and Soju cocktails were flowing throughout the night.  My heart jumped in excitement every time a new group of friends and family walked through the door. What started out as a small gathering of family & friends turned into a party that my Nana Golda would have been proud of.

We finished eating and rolled into the big private karaoke room. Everyone was up for a laugh, and I even persuaded my mother to sing a song. She was adorable while singing Copacabana in front of everyone.

Stacys Mom belts out some show tunes...

Melissa:
It was there that our parents met for the first time. Things appeared to go very smoothly with that and slowly, more of our friends and family arrived to the restaurant. I was so touched at the love that was present in that room! We ate and then most of us stayed for karaoke and a great time was had by all!

Stay Tuned for Part 2: The Big Day!

About the Authors/Queerlywed.com

Melissa Calvert

Melissa is the co-founder of Queerly Wed, a new website dedicated to helping LGBTQ couples plan their big day. She is an activist within the LGBTQ Community and has volunteered her services at many grassroots organizations over the years. Melissa is also an avid cyclist and won two silver medals at Gay Games VII, which was held in Chicago in 2006. She is also a lifelong student and enjoys studying Latin-American culture, photography and languages.

Stacy Jill Calvert

Stacy is the co-founder of Queerly Wed, a new website dedicated to helping LGBTQ couples plan their big day.  Stacy is a writer, marketing nerd, and web geek grrl all wrapped up into one package.  Stacy has worked in the interactive field for many years including roles at eToys (US & UK) and Ticketmaster. Stacy became a professional queer when in 2005, she served as the Ticketing Manager for Gay Games VII. You can catch Stacy on her website at www.stacyjilljacobs.com or on Twitter at @StacyJill

 
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Two Brides: Stacy Jill and Melissa

Just over a week ago, Stacy and I went to that small town in western Illinois where my mom lives because she was throwing us a shower there. It was mostly my family, but we brought along some Chicago friends too. Stacy’s brother and sister-in-law and our friend Joanna were our Chicago crew.

As we mentioned last month, we decided to get married in Iowa so that weekend was the perfect time to do it, since we’d be in the area anyway! Our friend Jen is going to be officiating our ceremony later this month (yikes!), but we wanted her to do our Iowa ceremony as well. We got her legal credentials online from the Universal Life Church. Yep, all she had to do was provide an email address! Another great place to get ordained is Open Ministry.

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A simple and sweet ceremony

So, on April 24th we made the trek to Iowa and had a beautiful and short ceremony at the Muscatine Arts Center in Muscatine, Iowa. Their grounds are absolutely gorgeous. We wanted to keep it short because this was just to make our marriage legal and we wanted the focus to be on our larger ceremony in Chicago at the end of May. Nonetheless, we both had our teary eyed moments—I could barely get through my vows—and we agreed that our relationship does feel different now that we are married. Weird, huh?

After the ceremony, we headed back to my mom’s place for the shower (I know, reverse order). We were both touched at the support we had from our families that day. I really thought my family was more conservative and that they wouldn’t all come to the shower—but they did! I think in my family that we love each other because we are family and that’s it. They may not like or prefer that I marry a woman, but I am family and that’s the bottom line. I am so lucky!!!

Our countdown clock tells me that we have 29 days till the big ceremony, as of May 1st! We are kind of going crazy around here. It’s “All Wedding—All The Time!” Now we are trying to get everything done. Things are coming together nicely, but it’s still nerve-wracking! Stay tuned as the day draws nearer!!

About the Authors/Queerlywed.com

Melissa Johns

Melissa is the co-founder of Queerly Wed, a new website dedicated to helping LGBTQ couples plan their big day. She is an activist within the LGBTQ Community and has volunteered her services at many grassroots organizations over the years. Melissa is also an avid cyclist and won two silver medals at Gay Games VII, which was held in Chicago in 2006. She is also a lifelong student and enjoys studying Latin-American culture, photography and languages.

Stacy Jill Jacobs

Stacy is the co-founder of Queerly Wed, a new website dedicated to helping LGBTQ couples plan their big day.  Stacy is a writer, marketing nerd, and web geek grrl all wrapped up into one package.  Stacy has worked in the interactive field for many years including roles at eToys (US & UK) and Ticketmaster. Stacy became a professional queer when in 2005, she served as the Ticketing Manager for Gay Games VII. You can catch Stacy on her website at www.stacyjilljacobs.com or on Twitter at @StacyJill

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