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23 Striking pictures from same-sex weddings

Catherine Conelly is a Senior Love and Health Editor at SheKnows.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

Get ready to "meet" some amazing couples on their wedding days, and one amazing photographer who was there to capture their moments.

While I would love to say that lesbian wedding pictures aren't groundbreaking, that it is normal and accepted, it's hard to ignore headlines about photographers turning gay couples away, refusing to provide their services out of disagreement over sexual orientation. And it's not just photographers. It's wedding venues and it's businesses of all kinds refusing to serve gay individuals.

Those people may be entitled to their own opinion but, thankfully, so is Steph Grant, a Texas-based photographer who specializes in gay and lesbian engagements, weddings and events. She shared some photos with me from weddings she shot and they just made my heart smile so hard.

1. Court and Suzy

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

"If I wasn’t taking photos I would have cried," Stephanie writes about following this beautiful couple around San Francisco and Napa Valley to capture their wedding day, the day they met in San Francisco City Hall to tie the knot.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

"Everyone has a love story that deserves to be told. Love is what life is all about whether you're gay or straight. You can't hide happiness," Steph writes on her photography blog. Could these words be any more true in these pictures? The proof is in their smiles.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

2. Mer and Brittni

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

This was an NYC wedding adventure straight out of a fairy tale. The couple traveled to Manhattan with 14 of their very best friends and said their vows in a beautiful, hidden garden in the city.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

A small wedding of 14? If you ask me, more weddings should be that intimate.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

3. Monica and Angel

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

These two ladies headed to the top of a mountain in Tuscon, with rain and fog in the forecast, to say their vows. They planned their wedding in a month, as soon as the Arizona ban on gay marriage was overturned.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

The "bad" weather made for some pretty perfect wedding pictures, eh?

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

And their engagement photos are just as telling.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

Don't you just want to run to a mountaintop and crack a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with your sig-o?

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

4. Shana and Brit

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

After shooting Shana and Brit's wedding, Steph wrote, "Love is love and I love you all." This is something she writes, in some form, about all the couples she works with. Her clients seem to become her friends, and that intimacy helps capture these moments that prove love doesn't always look like the cookie cutter we often expect it to.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

5. Shannon and Seema

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

Steph writes, "I have photographed Indian weddings before and I have photographed gay and lesbian weddings before, but never have I ever shot an Indian lesbian wedding."

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

They are unique, and they are so beautiful together. Yes, physically, but also in a they-radiate-love kind of way. The kind of love that can bring you to tears.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

6. Brigid and Jess

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

See? Tears! But tears of pure joy, joy for everything have been through, good and bad.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

7. Celia and Myrna

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

If you didn't already know, rooftop weddings are not just for straight couples. Celia and Myrna tied the knot with big smiles and big, open hearts, behind a big, beautiful skyline.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

8. Kimme and Marie

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

First, this photo is so Vogue. Second, I vote this to be the the next Vogue cover. I'd buy this over that Kim and Kanye cover any day. Third, let's all take a vacation to this lake house.

8 Lesbian couples and their truly beautiful wedding pictures worth celebrating

And with that, I take my hat off to Stephanie Grant for celebrating love in its most raw, unbiased form and letting these couples be exactly who they are.

Images: Steph Grant Photography

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