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Based on reader feedback that it was “hard to find any weddings of people of color,” we started tagging posts that featured a BIPOC bride and/or groom — and/or means you’ll find tons of interracial couples in here! Increasing visibility for BIPOC folks has been a priority for us since 2008, and note that we always allow folks to self-identify. More about how and why we do this here.

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Enter this sci-fi wedding with an elegant black wedding dress

Are you ready to enter this Twilight Zone wedding? Charlene and Brandon’s sci-fi wedding in Miami might literally take you into another universe! This elegant black and white wedding might just be outshined by the bride’s two epic custom-made black wedding dresses. Royal would be an absolute understatement to describe these black wedding dresses. Ready to dive into the twilight zone and see this incredible sci-fi wedding?

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This transgender lesbian wedding had a PB&J unity sandwich

We were high school sweethearts! I asked Cassandra on our first date because I wanted her to take me to prom, but I planned to split up when she left for college in the fall. We’ve been glued together for eight years now.

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This outdoor winter elopement will make you reconsider your summer wedding

We’ve all heard of couples eloping to a tropical island… but how about an outdoor winter elopement to a frozen lake? Chia Yen and Kuo-Chieh welcomed the adventure (proposed by our friends at Broadly Entertaining) – despite never having seen snow before! Let’s see this wintery wonderland through their eyes.

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A pink wedding dress and men’s updos gave this wedding reception some stand-out style

Chloe and Moose know that it’s never too late to celebrate love. They legally tied the knot in 2021 but decided to hold a reception in late 2022 to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. Before the reception, they had gorgeous photos taken (captured by Dutcher Photography) surrounded by wildflowers in a spot already special to them – the same place they took their “Yay, we’re married!” photos earlier that year. We can’t decide what we love more about this wedding… the pink wedding dress or the men’s updos (yes, you read that right).

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The teal velvet suit at this queer winter garden wedding is seriously fire

Winter weddings are WAY underrated, in our opinion, and this queer winter garden wedding is all the proof we need. By choosing a plant nursery as their venue, Erin and Annie were able to achieve a natural, outdoorsy vibe many people might think isn’t possible for a wintertime ceremony, but these photos from Events by Merida prove them all wrong!

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Colorful wedding ideas for all lovers of all colors

Fair warning: this amazing, colorful wedding shoot includes ALL THE COLORS, just in time to yeet those Winter blues away. Coming to you from Pittsburgh, the combined powers of Maya Lovro (photographer), Amanda Wolf (planner), and Kati Grimes (fashion designer) created something magical: think “Lisa Frank marries Billy Porter” where all the players are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and/or allies to both!