Lesbian Jewish Beachfront Malibu Wedding – Amy & Grace
11/10/2010 was a date that would change both Amy and Grace’s lives forever. The women met at a lesbian dating event at the LGBT Center in New York City, which they were initially reluctant to attend. At the last minute, they simultaneously felt strongly compelled to go by some mysterious force.
Grace noticed Amy immediately as she rushed in wearing a dress and Harley Davidson boots. Amy’s vision tunneled in on Grace immediately – her hair, her boots, her swagger.
The dating event was organised as a question game. People who chose the same answer to the relationship themed question would form a small discussion group and get to know one another. Amy and Grace officially met in their first (and only) shared answer to “what is the most important part of a healthy relationship?” “Communication,” they answered. And they have been healthily communicating ever since.
Three days later they scheduled a dinner date in Chelsea. (This was unusual for Grace as she had a strict “first date, drinks only” rule, but she knew that this would not be just any first date). Grace battled the pouring rain and traffic to “Feels like the First Time,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You, ” and “Hot Blooded,” which all serendipitously played on the radio.
Once in the restaurant, the women barely ate a bite. (They would laugh about this later as both have very healthy appetites, never leaving a morsel in the bread basket.) There was no loss for words they had so much to discuss. It was going so well, three hours later they went for a drive to the West Village where they talked for several more hours inside the car in the pouring rain. They shared music and stories and had their first kiss after listening to a Melissa Etheridge song. It was an epic eight hour date, and the beginning of an exciting, adventurous, loving, and passionate relationship.
The brides set out not only to celebrate their 5 year love story, but the love and support of their family and, in their words, chosen family. They prioritised hiring female vendors and those within their community. Rabbi Lisa Edwards, a renowned Jewish lesbian activist and author, officiated the ceremony. Traditional Jewish ceremonial elements included the signing of the ketubah, vows under the chuppah, and the breaking of the glass. The entertainment at the reception was provided by Jennifer Corday, the first ever three-time winner of Best Live Band, Best Alternative Band, and Best Live Female Performer at the Orange County Music Awards. In addition to numerous other awards, she has performed with Cher, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett, the Indigo Girls and many others.
The oceanfront photographs of this lesbian-feminist Jewish wedding capture the love of Amy and Grace as well as the excitement of the family and friends who celebrated this special day with them.
Photography: Andrejka Photography // Venue: Malibu West Beach Club // Event Planner: Truly Yours Catering // Floral Designer: McCann Florist // Dress Designer: Truvelle- Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor // Makeup Artist: Mobile Bridal Salon // Fashion Designer: Art Lewin Bespoke // Officiant: Rabbi Lisa Edwards // Musicians: Jennifer Corday