Orlando, Florida, brides Solimar (she/her) and Ebony (she/her) both proposed to each other. Ebony’s proposal was spontaneous, and Solimar popped the question back soon after. The second proposal was by the St. Cloud waterfront with the couple’s son there, sharing in the love.

For the two brides’ farmhouse-chic winter wedding, the color palette included burgundy, sage and ivory. Burgundy was especially prominent. It was featured in the wedding party attire, as well as both newlyweds’ lipstick color and the matching bow ties worn by Solimar and their son. Ebony’s v-neck wedding gown had a scooped back, complemented by a cathedral veil.

A black bride in a white gown sits on a windowsill putting on her shoes

A black bride with short dark hair looks down at her black suit.

Two black brides stand outside on a sidewalk, facing the same direction with the hand of the one in white on the shoulder of the one in black. Just before a first look

Two black brides stand holding hands on a sidewalk during their first look

The couple got ready separately for a first look outdoors before the indoor ceremony. Their vegan wedding cake followed the minimalist trend with light frosting and floral decoration. Solimar’s mom designed most of the decor, even arranging the flowers, which included white roses with baby’s breath and greenery. Ebony’s bouquet matched the blooming white and green florals on their round wedding altar. They decorated their reception space with a tapestry reading: “Of all the walks we have taken together, this one is my favorite.”

A black-and-white photo of two black brides standing in front of a white tapestry.

Two black brides stand in front of a building with rainbow stripes on it

Two black brides stand in a grocery store aisle.

We caught up with Solimar to hear about their love story and wedding.

How did you meet?

We met in 2013 and married eight years later, so we had a lot of ups and downs, but destiny always had plans for us; I never thought I would get married and didn’t want to be married, but Ebony broke me all the way down with her kindness and her loving soul. She met my son when he was two years old, and he was the biggest advocate for us to get married. She truly demonstrated unconditional love to me and my family. I could not have asked for anything better. It was always just love, complete and unconditional.

Two black brides and their son stand, holding hands, in front of a white background.

A group of four black women stand embracing in front of a white background.

Two brides and their son stand together, walking down an aisle.

Two black brides and their son stand, embracing, at their wedding altar.

Two black brides laugh as they recede from their wedding altar.

How did you personalize your wedding?

We only invited close friends and family, and my mom did all the decorations! We wrote our own vows to each other, and Ebony wrote vows to our son. Our officiant was Ebony’s brother’s girlfriend, who did a phenomenal job. We had some spiritual elements, including the officiant doing a prayer in English and Spanish. My mom and dad walked me partially down the aisle, and Ebony’s older brother walked her, then we met together with our son and walked the rest of the way as a family.

The venue has since closed and was unfortunately not a great experience. As an LGBTQ+ couple, it was really difficult dealing with some vendors, and there were changes at the venue on the day of the wedding.

Two black brides stand nose to nose outdoors, with a veil obscuring the foreground.

Two black brides dance, with a glass of champagne in hand.

Two black brides stand hand in hand, facing the camera with a pink light illuminating them from behind.

What advice would you give to engaged LGBTQ+ couples?

Be patient, and remember the day is about you, not anyone else.

Two black brides share a kiss in front of a green background of trees.

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Photographer: Tiny House Photo, an Equally Wed preferred vendor
Wedding Suit: Sumissura
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Rings: James Allen
Catering: Chimento’s
Cake: Valhalla Bakery

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