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When Ben and Jenni from Two Sparrows Photography contacted The Broke-Ass Bride little while back asking if we’d be interested in featuring a broke-ass LGBT shoot in honor of October’s roll as LGBT History Month — National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, also happens to be my birthday – I responded with a resonating HELL YES. Gimme dat! So after hooking them up with some of our amazing homies, like DIY darling Tabitha (of geometric table numbers and cement planter fame) and of course BHLDN and Unique Vintage, I waited oh-so patiently for the photos (read: Not patiently at. all.) and guys, it was SO worth it. Here’s what Jenni has to say:

At Two Sparrows Photography we believe love is love, and when LGBT History Month came upon us we were inspired to celebrate the couples who finally have equal opportunity to exchange vows in California and a growing number of states across the country.


We’ve found that gay and lesbian weddings don’t have nearly enough creative inspiration out there yet, so we wanted to do something bold, affordable, and fabulous to help give Broke-Ass-Brides some fresh new ideas. When we partnered up with Tabitha Johnson at Winston and Main her fabulous DIY style helped our vision came to life; pride rainbow colors with an elegant twist, a nod to 60s style, and some fun splashes of unique ideas.

We wanted to contrast our colorful scene with a natural background so we chose some beautiful landscapes around the Altadena trails to shoot, and we have to say, couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. The work certainly isn’t done for marriage equality, but we’re well on our way and are so grateful to have the opportunity to share our inspiration for couples of all kinds with BAB readers. #loveislove

















Check out this behind the scenes video:


Photography – Two Sparrows Photography
Photography – Behind the Scenes - Two Sparrows Blog
Event Design & Styling - Tabitha Johnson
Makeup – Vivian Tran 
Jewelry – Sophia Kaman 
Bridal Dresses – BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories – Unique Vintage
Cake – Bakebeth
Popcicles and Candy – Suck It Sweets And Treats
Tableware – Borrowed Blu
Video – Making of The Shoot – Richard Che 
  • 11/17

    While Real Bride Peach has already been a married lady for a few weeks now, she kindly saved some of her pre-wedding posts to keep us going until she gets all of her pro photos back. Here’s the final one before she delves into deets of her big day!

    Real Bride Peach: Next Stop, Married!


    Photo Credit: Lee Patterson Photography

    Looking back on this last year, it’s been surreal. There were so many wonderful, crazy exciting times. I can reflect back and smile on the bridal gown weekend in January, right along with my amazing bridal shower and bachelorette party weekend and our sweaty, sweaty engagement photo shoot. It’s been so much fun! Yes, there have been bumps, aka nights that I drowned my sorrows in wine and chocolate and/or called my MOHs in complete trainwreck mode … but I survived! Yay, me.

    Jersey and I also connected in a new, super awesome way that isn’t explainable. You think that this person you’ve promised yourself to can’t possible grow closer in your heart, but they do. It’s all become so real and our love for each other has taken on a new sheen. Which is really a quite lovely perk that no one tells you about.  Because going through all the trials and meltdowns and craziness of wedding planning? Well, in my mind, it’s just a sneak preview into how the two of you are going to deal with the much bigger, scarier curveballs that life is going to throw your way. Jersey and I have a new appreciation and understanding of one another after over a year of planning, coordinating, communicating (often times long distance while he and I traveled for work), moving into a new home and dealing with the emotional typhoon of family/friends/people involved with our wedding.  He is my person. 100%. I can’t wait to marry him!

    … which is rapidly approaching. Tomorrow brings the arrival of the first of our out-of-town guests, then the following day my parents arrived. The Jersey/Peach Inn will be full for a few days, until we all head to the hotel near our venue on Friday.  But honestly, I’m relieved to have the emotional support arriving soon, along with the fact that I’ve taken off of work starting on Thursday. There will be a fair amount of running around left to do and it will be nice to not have to do it all alone!

    The LAST of our to-dos! *gulp*

    Mama Peach's Veil, from 1972.


    Mama Peach’s Veil, from 1972.

    Take my mom’s veil to the florist. I’m using the pearls and pieces of the tulle for the wrap on my bouquet. This made my mama a little leaky, but it means the world to me to have a part of her big day with me on mine. My parents have been married for 42 years (!!!) and their devotion and love are what I waited so long to find for myself. I can’t think of a better good luck charm.

    Final touches on our welcome bags.  Since 90% of our guests are flying in from out of town, we made the choice to forego favors and instead have welcome bags waiting for them when they check into the hotel. Included in each bag will be: a personal thank you note, a MoonPie, Georgia Peanuts, a bag of chips, a few caramels, bottled water and Advil.  We really felt the welcome bags would be both a really appreciated gesture and far more useful than a token trinket/favor at the wedding.

    Make the seating chart. I’m not procrastinating on this, I swear. But even this morning I woke up to an email from a friend who is no longer able to attend. Seating plans are truly a moving target and I am doing everything I can to only do this thing ONCE!

    Haul everything to the venue. Luckily our venue allows us to bring our personal items a few days in advance, so we don’t have to worry about trucking over pictures, table numbers, exit favors, guest books, etc., etc., etc., on the day of.  Whew. That’ll get done Thursday.

    Pack for the weekend + honeymoon.  Considering packing for a 2-day trip takes me 4-5 hours, I better get going on this one. I am the type that is super-paranoid about forgetting something and I have to have every possible clothing option thought of and packed for just in case. I know. I drive my own self crazy!  But honestly, I’m more worried I’ll forget some key component for our actual wedding. Like, I dunno … the DRESS?!? That would be typical of me.

    Take good care of myself. This may sound silly, but I DO NOT want to get sick, hurt myself, or be completely exhausted for the big day. For that reason, this week is all about being nice to me. Healthy foods, plenty of sleep and as little stress as possible. That’s the plan.

    Wish me luck with the final details and see y’all on the other side … AS A MRS.!!!  omgiamsoexcited.

    ‘Til next time,


  • 11/14

    A Gift Personalized Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

    Happy Friday, BABs! I fully intend on spending my weekend being as warm as possible, especially if it’s going to stay cold like this. But that means it’s also a good weekend to snuggle up with my fella and my kitties and get some early holiday shopping done and peruse …

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    Lulu's Glamorous Furry Up Oversized Cream Shearling Coat

    So, this cold front, you guys. It’s cold, isn’t it? I swear I moved to Texas to try to get away from the cold, but it’s following me. And what are you supposed to do if one of these jerk cold fronts come in just in time for what you …

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    drink ceremony

    Credit: Beyond the Ordinary

    The bottom line is the bottom line: Weddings cost a lot of money. The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $27,000, although I read one article that said that $16,000 is probably closer. You know, as if that wasn’t a bunch of cash, …

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  • 11/13

    Naeem Khan Valencia

    Hey, BABs! It’s that time again where I help lovely brides-to-be find their dream dresses for on the cheap! This week we’re helping Courtney get over “Valencia” by one of the biggest names in fashion: Naeem Khan. He launched his first collection in 2003 and now dresses basically everyone.  His …

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    Hello again!

    I’m back, this time to tell you about the reasons why wedding professionals are awesome.

    I came into this process thinking that – since I’d done it before – I knew everything about how to do this whole wedding planning thing, and exactly what I wanted.

    Imagine my surprise when I walked …

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    Ansley and Derrick Laughing

    Reader Ansley emailed her wonderful wedding to us, and my jaw dropped: Homegirl had a $13,000 wedding. In New York. For 80 people. YOU GUYS. It can be done! She focused a lot of time on DIY, sure, but she and her hubs also prioritized in a big way: They …

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  • 11/12

    Real Bride Meg $10 a Day Keeps the Debt Away!

    Hey BABs! I’ve been sharing a lot of my wedding planning experiences as of late, so I think it’s time I share a little advice on what else I’ve been up to — this thing called “saving money.”

    We’re all here for the same reason — to figure out the …

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