the 2013 wed­ding is­sue

GA Voice - - Front Page - By BRIT­TNY DRYE www.equal­

De­cem­ber 11, 2010, was the first day of for­ever for An­neliese Singh and Lau­ren Lukkar­ila.

They met for the first time at a restau­rant in At­lanta. As they sat down to­gether, Lukkar­ila be­gan by say­ing, “I’m look­ing for some­one who is a fem­i­nist out-of-the-box.” Singh high-fived her and ex­claimed, “I’m your woman.”

“This was the first of many din- ners so long we shut restau­rants down, laughed ‘til our bel­lies hurt, cried shar­ing our most ten­der spa­ces, and kept fall­ing deeper and deeper in love,” they shared on their wed­ding web­site.

The nat­u­ral beauty of Mother Earth pro­vided the per­fect set­ting for Singh and Lukkar­ila to ex­change vows. They wed on May 12, 2012, at Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Club, a lake­side venue that looks out into the nearby wood­lands only a few blocks away from their home.

To steer clear of the gen­der bi­nary of “bride and groom” or “bride and bride,” Singh and Lukkar­ila opted to call them­selves the “Beloveds.” The ro­man­tic term was used through­out the cer­e­mony, as well as when they were in­tro­duced at the re­cep­tion.

Loved ones sur­rounded the cou­ple as they ex­changed deeply heart­felt and per­sonal vows on the site’s pa­tio.

“We chose to say and do things that re­flected our deep­est love and grat­i­tude for both each other and our beloved com­mu­nity,” says Lukkar­ila.

Lau­ren Lukkar­ila and An­neliese Singh com­bined as­pects of their cul­tures and did not worry about so­cial norms when plan­ning their wed­ding. (Pho­tos by Holly Jones Photo)

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