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by jenna lee

Juneteenth LGBT Queer Tropical Wedding | Oahu, HI

UMMM.. is this real life? HOW Gorgeous are these two?!!

These two gorgeous beauties met just two years ago in Nashville, TN. Amy was smitten by Victoria and her dimples, while Victoria was just swooning over Amy’s cheek bones! The pair had an amazing time dancing and listening to country music. Fast forward 2 years and Amy lives in Hawaii, and owns a luxury Hawaiian experience company called Planes and Champagne, and they are preparing for Victoria to move to the island!

Being that not only is it PRIDE month, but also Juneteenth, we thought what better way to celebrate BOTH than honoring these two beauties on the beach! Chavah from Vida Chic events envisioned the whole shoot, saying she wanted the brides very non-traditional in black dress while having bright gorgeous blooms. These gorgeous gowns were from White Hot Hawaii! Because she envisioned a white beach, we chose Oahu’s east coast which is know for it’s bright white sands and aqua blue waters.. PERFECT.

Chavah put together this sweet circle arch and adorned it with beautiful tropical flowers… her vision was for a bright white beach, our gorgeous beauties in black, and loads of tropical flowers… and can we just take a moment, to gawk at the BEAUTY that is AMY (over here looking all regal AF! Ugh.. they’re amazing!)

Pamakane of Ocean Dreamer provided Amy’s bouquet, while Chavah of Vida Chic Events picked and assembled Victoria’s.

Amy said being able to celebrate Juneteenth in Hawaii was extra special as it’s now her island home, however with only 3% if the local demographic being black, it’s not something many people actually know about.

Throughout this prcoess, I learned what JUNETEENTH is… I honestly had no idea. I had never heard the term until Apple started popping it into my calendar (Thank you Apple) Luckily my friend Chavah educated me real quick… So for those of you who don’t know, it’s OK. I didn’t either… but I definitely think it is important to know. So here’s what I’ve learned…

Juneteenth is also known as “Freedom Day” because in 1865 it was the day the last remaining enslaved people in the U.S. were emancipated! Amy, who grew up in the south, said on Juneteenth there are celebrations with music, dancing and drinking! While the 4th of July is widely celebrated as the day the U.S. became FREE and independent states.. not all humans were actually free in 1776, it was until nearly 90 years later, on Juneteenth that all humans were finally FREE in the U.S.   Powerful… definitely makes me look at the 4th of July a little differently and while I recognize it’s importance.. we’re all brothers and sisters.. .we’re all HUMANS… we are all reflections of one another… Why wouldn’t we celebrate the date that all humans were finally free?