THE WEDDING ISSUE
the 2013 wedding issue
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)