Heather and Dana – Two Brides’ Summer Wedding in Butler County.
Heather and Dana started planning their wedding before their home state of Texas allowed same-sex weddings. Heather grew up in the Pittsburgh area so they decided to tie the knot here, where it would be recognized. This was one of those events that was a vivid reflection of the personalities of the people involved and they’ve become such dear friends that it makes me happy every time I look at these photos. It was a good old-fashioned country 4th of July picnic with family, friends, and lots of kids. Enjoy!
Heather has her ‘do set with hairspray:
Dana laughs as Heather helps her get her tartan sash on:
The wedding party gets their flowers on:
The kids from the wedding party get high fives from Heather before heading outside to the ceremony:
The plans were posted on the bulletin board:
The wedding party starts the procession from the house. No shoes, no problem 🙂
Pastor Keith, a family friend, greeted the guests:
I love this photo. What I like best is the reaction from Dana’s brother John:
Heather was so happy!
They had a toast with TX Blended Whiskey from Firestone & Robertson Distilling in Texas. The ceramic mugs were custom made with glazes from minerals derived from the mine drainage remediation systems designed and installed by the company that their host Tim owns. So a little bit of Texas and a little bit of Pennsylvania:
Tim toasts the happy couple:
Their custom, hand-forged rings:
The cookie table was terrific! The family photos – old and recent – provided a nice bit of context:
Woman overboard 😀
Dinner included a pig roast. Which kind of shocked one of the young members of the bridal party:
There was a massive water battle that included buckets, hoses, and balloons. It was great!
Dana was quicker than Tim on the draw:
After everyone was good and wet, the next activity was to wrap a watermelon with rubber bands until it exploded.
Which it did – all over Tim:
Cutting the wedding apple pie:
Something you don’t see at many weddings – a bride on a zip line!
Post script: I was one of the teachers at the Foundation First workshop in Fort Worth, TX this past January. I stayed an extra day so that I could visit with Heather and Dana, who live there. It was great to see them again, and I had a wonderful time seeing a bit of the area with Heather as my tour guide. Thanks y’all!