I love backyard weddings; it’s a nice change of scenery from traditional wedding venues. What I like about backyard weddings is that they can be laid-back and yet elegant and classy, just like Frank and Mark’s same-sex wedding in North Attleboro, MA. It took place at Frank’s brother- and sister-in-laws’ residence, which was beautifully decorated for the wedding. The backyard was just gorgeous; the floral arrangements were absolutely breathtaking.
The wedding day started with Frank and Mark helping each other get ready with the beautiful brick exterior of the mansion as a backdrop. Some of the family members traveled long distances to the wedding and it was so amazing to see how supportive their families were. I had a blast documenting all the wonderful memories throughout the day, and I could not thank Frank and Mark for having me.
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding celebration?
Frank: “It is so hard to pinpoint the most memorable moment as the entire day was so special! It meant so much that we celebrated the day with friends and family who have supported our relationship from day one! The venue we chose was also special as it was at the residence of Michael and Lisa Darling’s residence – my brother in law and sister in law’s residence – Hoppin Hill! If I had to pick one memorable moment, though, it would have to be right before Mark and I met to walk down the aisle. I was in Lisa’s “secret garden” and we couldn’t see each other. Mark sent me a text that said “I love you.”
Mark: “The fact that we were able to celebrate our commitment together with our close friends and family was very special to us – the overwhelming support for our marriage from our guests was felt on that day. We are truly blessed to have such amazing friends and family members who love and support everything we do.”
Funniest memory of the night?
Frank: “It truly was a night to remember! It was so nice to see our friends, family, and all of our nieces and nephews enjoy the music and the party! Kevin, our little nephew who came all the way from Romania, was a ROCK STAR on the dance floor!! I wish the night would not have ended!”
Mark: “I’m not sure if I have a funniest memory – getting married was a very big deal for me. I’ve been with my husband now for 20 years; I’ve committed my life to spending with him. My wedding day was all about sharing our love and commitment with our friends and family members. That is what I take away from my wedding day.”
Any advice for future grooms?
Frank: “Be relentless about the details!!! This day only happens once in a life time – make sure it is perfect! From the venue, to the flowers, to the dresses, suits, music, food, drinks and cake – all of it make up the special day! MAKE SURE IT IS PERFECT! In the process though, don’t forget about what it represents! For Mark and me, It was a chance to celebrate our 20 year relationship! We are very lucky to have had the support of so many people throughout the years – even more important to have had them celebrate with us!! It meant the world to us!!”
Mark: “No relationship is one-sided; there’s compromise in everything – take it all in, laugh a lot, and most importantly, listen to one another.”
Why is it important to you that your wedding vendors are gay-friendly?
Frank: “It was important for the wedding vendors to be gay-friendly, because they truly understood how special the day was for Mark and me. They made every effort to go above and beyond and they did! They all did an AMAZING job!! Thank you to the following: Mark and team at Cozy Catering; Pauline – MOONDANCE Productions (DJ); Jay and team Golden Gate Studios (Florist); Andrea – CARINA e DOLCE (wedding cake and cookie favors); of course Sam – Ze Liang Photography for capturing every moment! Would also like to thank Lisa and Michael Darling – for allowing us to have our celebration at their residence!”
Mark: “It is important that anyone you bring into your life, whether it is in your home, or an event such as a wedding, supports what you do. There is enough negativity in the world without having it enter your personal space. That was my main reason for wanting gay-friendly wedding vendors; I try to live my life with these principles.”
Ze Liang Photography specializes in gay and lesbian weddings and engagement sessions with a candid and colorful style. If you’re engaged and planning your wedding day, please feel free to get in touch. I’m available for travel too.