October 27, 2023

LGBTQ+ Wedding at Citizens Ballroom

FILED IN: Real Wedding

Love knows no bounds, and on October 27, 2023, we witnessed the union of two souls deeply in love – Topher and Michael. This fashion forward LGBTQ+ wedding at Citizens Ballroom in Frederick, Maryland, was nothing short of magical – filled with unique and memorable moments that made it a celebration to remember.

The Venue

Citizens Ballroom served as the perfect backdrop for Topher and Michael’s special day. The venue, with its timeless elegance and welcoming ambiance, provided the ideal setting for a celebration of love and unity. The couple spent the morning with their guests, carefully arranging stunning tables capes, creating their own flower installations, and adorning the stair banister with flowers.

The Met Gala Theme

The wedding took a glamorous turn with a Met Gala-themed dress code that set the tone for an evening of sophistication and style. Guests arrived in stunning and imaginative outfits, adding a touch of red carpet glamour to the festivities. As for the couple, the both rocked custom-tailored suits in varying shades of emerald, and the most stunning Christian Louboutin shoes!

Seating Chart with a Twist

The seating chart was a masterpiece in itself – a work of art made from mismatched colored vintage wine glasses. Each glass represented a guest, creating a visually stunning display that also served as a unique and functional way to guide attendees to their seats.

Seating Chart with a Twist

Topher’s father, with his mother by his side, played a beautiful tribute on the guitar as the couple walked down the isle together.

During the wedding party took a heartwarming turn to create lasting memories for the newlyweds. In a thoughtful gesture, they curated a special memory box, a time capsule of love and sentiment. Each member of the wedding party contributed heartfelt items, ranging from handwritten notes expressing well wishes to cherished mementos symbolizing the unique bond they shared with the couple. This sentimental collection served as a tangible expression of the love and support surrounding Topher and Michael on their wedding day, providing a beautifully coded reminder of the profound connections forged in the midst of their joyous celebration.

As the couple exchanged heartfelt vows, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The love between Topher and Michael radiated, creating an emotional and intimate atmosphere. The ceremony was a testament to their commitment to each other and the journey they were embarking on together.

Sweet Inked Memories

Following the heartfelt ceremony, Topher and Michael surprised everyone with a sweet and symbolic gesture. The newlyweds decided to commemorate their love with matching ice cream tattoos. The tattoos, a sweet reminder of their shared joy and the unique flavor of their relationship, added an extra layer of sweetness to their special day.

Sweet Treats and Drinks Galore

No celebration is complete without delectable treats, and Topher and Michael’s wedding was a paradise for the sweet tooth. Cocktail hour featured a massive charcuterie spread, and homemade jobs from Michael’s late mother.

The couple created custom cocktails, fondly named after their cats (notice the seating-chart-wine-glasses in action here)!

The reception featured a popcorn maker churned out fresh, buttery popcorn, offering a savory snack option. For those with a sweet tooth, there were trays of fresh doughnuts and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches, delighting guests with a variety of flavors to choose from.

Surprisingly Fun Touches

Topher and Michael infused their personalities into every detail of the wedding, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone in attendance. One of the highlights was the ball pit, adding an element of playful joy to the celebration. Guests couldn’t resist reliving their childhood as they dived into the vibrant sea of balls.

Intentional Moments

Despite all of the fun and chaos of the wedding, the couple made room for sentimental moments with each other and their loved ones. The speeches were moving and overflowing with love and joy. The couple followed these teary moments with a tender first dance a their guests watched onwards.

And amongst the chaos and noise of a packed dance floor, Topher found his mother to share a private mother-son (and father) dance together.

Topher and Michael’s wedding at Citizens Ballroom was a celebration of love, acceptance, and individuality, filled with delightful surprises that reflected the couple’s vibrant personalities. From the Met Gala-themed dress code to the creative seating chart, ball pit, and delectable treats, every detail was carefully chosen to make the day truly magical.

The day was a harmonious blend of laughter, joy, and the undeniable magic that happens when two people say “I do” surrounded by those who love and support them. Cheers to love, equality, and a lifetime of happiness for Topher and Michael, as they embark on this sweet journey together!



Photographer: Ethereal Love Collective

Venue: Citizens Ballroom
Suits: Bushlers of Baltimore 
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Invitations: Minted

Florals: DIY and Trader Joes
Day of Coordination: McKenzie Amos, a dear friend of the couple
Tattoos: Classic Electric Tattoo
Catering: Peruvian Brothers
Desserts: Good Company Donuts and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches
DJ/Entertainment: Benefactor Events

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