Alix and Angie started a new chapter with a photogenic celebration that’s unlike any other.
Housing Works in New York, which is a bookstore/thrift shop/advocacy nonprofit all-in-one, was the perfect place to bring Alix and Angie's vision of quaint, yet quirky to life, beautifully executed under the guidance of BLB Events. “We wanted a place that was intimate, and reflected our personalities,” says the newlyweds. “When we envisioned the space, we wanted an eclectic look with a more-is-more feel, without clutter. So, we went for plates that Alix’s mom hand-sourced from thrift stores that each had a floral feel to them, along with brass candlesticks, also sourced by hand from secondhand shops and cloth napkins from all others.“ The hand-picked items paired beautifully with the framed pictures of various queer icons that decorated the tables.
As they were already married prior to hosting the intimate affair for friends and family, they shared a quick, yet incredible ceremony with bookshelves as their backdrop and dim lighting adding to the cozy ambiance. As if the aesthetic wasn’t enough to make guests gush, the outfits worn by Alix and Angie were easily as showstopping.
“Alix is the styling mastermind. They are known in New York City fashion circles for their self-sewn and designed, unique- and bold-patterned clothing. They actually designed their own wedding dress. They said they were aiming to highlight bold patterns to draw attention to the dress versus their body,” exclaims their photographer, Ezlan of Ez Powers Photo. ”Many of the dresses they found off-the-rack were much too feminine, or lacked a level of elegance necessary for a wedding. So the obvious choice was to simply make a dress. It took a number of tries, but in the end they were happy with the result!”
Angie complemented Alix’s elaborate look in a power suit with accessories that held meaning near and dear to her heart; her mother’s bracelet in particular as she had passed a year after giving birth to Angie. “Angie's overall look carries the weight of her heritage and loved ones. Which is truly the most important aspect of the entire outfit,” states Ezlan.
A delicious dinner including South American and Ecuadorian cuisine, lots of dancing, and simple yet sweet toasts followed; with Ezlan recalling, “Alix took the microphone, “For how many of you is this your first queer wedding?' To which, the majority of the audience raised their hands to answer. Alix reminded everyone how recently we'd received the right to marry and held everyone's attention regarding the fact it was such a rare joyous occasion to celebrate queer love openly and legally in this country. It was hard not to tear up behind my camera a little, the inspiring reminder made me grateful for this moment.”