LGBTQ+ Pride Month Editor’s Picks

LGBTQ+ Pride Month Editor’s Picks

It’s LGBTQ+ Pride month in dozens of countries all over the world, including the U.S., Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico and many others. The month is marked with parades, parties and lots and lots of weddings. To celebrate the passing of laws that allow all adults to marry the person they love, we’ve chosen 20 of our favorite Editor’s Picks from LGBTQ+ weddings that show how love is simply love, and why it always wins.

Brides cheer at ceremony Kate Merrill Photography
Photographed by Kate Merrill Photo - Denver, Colorado, wedding photographers
Grooms frame golden gate bride Jos & Tree
Photographed by Jos & Tree, Portland, Oregon, wedding photographers
Two brides at aquarium Teresa Johnson Photography
Photographed by Teresa Johnson Photography - Connecticut wedding photographers
Just married Jos & Tree
Photographed by Jos & Tree, Portland, Oregon, wedding photographers
Bride couple with lantern exit through sparklers Talitha Tarro Photography
Photographed by Talitha Tarro Photography - New Mexico wedding photographers

These photos remind us of the joy people feel when getting married, especially after the struggle of so many to live as themselves—from the Stonewall riots of June 1969 in New York’s Greenwich Village (which launched the gay rights movement) to thousands of pivotal acts of resistance around the world.

Brides embrace Melia Lucida
Photographed by Melia Lucida - Maui, Hawaii, wedding photographer
Brides holding hands around corner Buffy Goodman Photography
Photographed by Buffy Goodman Photography - Edmonton, Canada, wedding photographers
Two grooms with bubbly spray at night J La Plante Photo
Photographed by J. La Plante Photo - Denver, Colorado, wedding photographers
Two brides Costa Rica Kevin Heslin Photography
Photographed by Kevin Heslin Photography - Costa Rica wedding photographers
Two grooms portrait Bethine Elizabeth
Photographed by Bethine Elizabeth - Norway wedding photographer

The first official Pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to commemorate Stonewall and to demonstrate for equal rights. When police arrived at Stonewall to assault and arrest patrons for so-called disorderly conduct, they fought back and the neighborhood erupted in protests that lasted over six days. Annual “gay liberation” marches grew in size and number, spreading to other cities and countries and evolving into the global Pride celebrations and parades we see today.

Happy Brides moment Alecia Patrick
Photographed by Alecia Patrick - Ontario, Canada, wedding photographers
Grooms mirrored in sky contrails Jos & Tree
Photographed by Jos & Tree, Portland, Oregon, wedding photographers
Grooms kiss during parade Dark Roux
Photographed by Dark Roux - Houston, Texas, wedding photographers
Brides portrait at sunset Marla Manes Photography
Photographed by Marla Manes Photography - Seattle, Washington, wedding photographer
Groom couple with bridesmaids Kate Merrill Photo
Photographed by Kate Merrill Photo - Denver, Colorado, wedding photographers

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples under both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This ruling came after legalization in Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and Spain, and effectively legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. While it was a long time coming, we’re thrilled to have these weddings in our galleries and to celebrate lovers everywhere.

Brides Positano Italy Emiliano Russo Photography
Photographed by Emiliano Russo Photography - Amalfi Coast, Italy, wedding photographer
Bride couple on balcony Peter van der Lingen Wedding Photography
Photographed by Peter van der Lingen Photography - Netherlands Wedding Photography
Grooms kissing under fish tank with dolphin Rich Howman Photography
Photographed by Rich Howman Photography - London, UK, wedding photographer
Two groom silhouette engagement Bee Two Sweet
Photographed by Bee Two Sweet - Washington, D.C., wedding photographers
Brides kiss on mountaintop pride flag Larsen Photo Co.
Photographed by Larsen Photo Co. - Colorado wedding photographers

In the words of Lady Gaga, no matter what you call yourself or whom you love, “Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses because you were born this way.”

See a full calendar of Pride events around the world and throughout the year. It is always a good time to celebrate love!