Freeze frame

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 7:20am

Superstar gay wedding photographer Steph Grant shares her ideas on filling your special day filled with a lifetime of memories A full-time freelancer since 2010, Steph Grant ( is perhaps Dallas’ most prominent LGBT wedding photographer. Her work has been featured in Curve magazine, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and Buzzfeed, among others. She happily travels [...]

Diary of a bridezilla

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:15am

Dallas Voice contributor Chaka Cumberbatch — a bisexual woman — got engaged to a man over Thanksgiving. Here are excerpts from the wedding planning diary of a girlie-girl on a mission CHAKA CUMBERBATCH | Contributing Writer Nov. 28: Dear diary: I’M ENGAGED. I’m marrying my best friend, we’re going to live happily ever after …. [...]

Honeymoon in Hobbiton

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:00am

It took a year to plan the perfect wedding …and the adventure of a lifetime JEF TINGLEY  | Contributing Writer It’s only fitting that Dallas couple Scott Cessac and Craig Parsons tied the knot in California. It’s where Parsons proposed to Cessac while cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, culminating in an elaborate “welcome to [...]

The gift of gay

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 7:55am

Wedding season is here, as is the time for gift-giving to happy couples Wedding season unofficially kicks off this month, and with more and more states deeming same-sex marriages legal you’re bound to receive an invitation to your friends’ fabulous nuptials any minute. And that means you’ll need to buy a gift. But instead of [...]

Pride Weddings 2014: The wedding spinner

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 8:05am

A seasoned DJ can craft a memorable reception setlist For years, the LGBT community has been waiting in the wings for the opportunity to walk down the aisle. For some, it has been the conundrum of “always the bridesmaid, never the bride;” but for Jess McDowell, it’s more like, “Always the DJ, never the groom.” [...]

Pride Weddings 2014: Where to wed in Dallas

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 7:55am

These gay-friendly houses of worship welcome your same-sex commitment ceremony AGAPE MCC — 4615 E. California Parkway (SE Loop 820), Fort Worth. 817-535-5002. Revs. S. David Wynn Sr. and Robert Myers. Require pre-service counseling. Ascension Lutheran Church — 4230 Buckingham Road, Garland. 972-276-0023. Pastor Kurt Friederich. Blessing service for church members; no weddings [...]

Pride Weddings 2014: Ring -a-ding

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 7:50am

Jeweler Lance Shapiro wants to put a ring on it — for both of you   JEF TINGLEY  | Contributing Writer From Wagner to J.R.R. Tolkien, rings have always held a precious place in popular culture, representing everything from unending love to unbreakable bonds. And with marriage equality gaining ground, more same-sex couples are finding [...]

Pride Weddings 2014: Let ’em eat CAKE

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 7:45am

For Bronwen Weber, chef at Frosted Art Bakery, helping same-sex couples celebrate their big day is a piece o’ cake ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor When Arizona’s recent anti-gay law was being defended by its supporters, one of the refrains from conservative clucks was: “What if a gay couple wants a wedding cake?! A [...]

Pride Weddings 2014: Nice ’n legal

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 7:40am

Marriage equality now touches on more than half of the U.S.   Something happened on March 21, but you probably didn’t notice. Yes, you probably heard that a Michigan court declared a ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional (it was stayed the next day). But when that happened, something was triggered: A tipping point. Although several [...]

Pride Weddings 2014: The seven-year itch

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 7:20am

The journey from ‘spouse’ to ‘husband’ was more than just a matter of words for Mike       Donovan and Bill Shafer — it was a victory for marriage equality   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer Bill Shafer and Mike Donovan had visited San Francisco before, but this day, when they returned to their far North [...]