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Emmy & Kamala – A Balboa Park Wedding

Emmy & Kamala – A Balboa Park Wedding

Same-Sex Wedding at Balboa Park San Diego by Madeline Barr

We met on the first day of law school, but we ‘ll be wishing for the rest of our lives that we’d met anywhere else!

Emmy was drawn to Kamala’s loud laugh and wide smile, and she appreciated that Kamala was not dressed to impress, unlike the rest of the group. Across the room, Kamala thought Emmy was smoking hot.

We quickly found each other, started a conversation about piercings, and haven’t been apart since.

Our first date, which we didn’t know was a date at the time, was a Halloween trip to Salem, Mass. We each saw a psychic (shout out to Bridge), and we both asked if we were meant to be together. Kamala was told there would be “other girls,” and Emmy couldn’t get a straight answer from Bridge, but almost six years later, we’re happily proving the psychic wrong.

We now live in Atlanta, but we got married in Kamala’s hometown of San Diego on Pride weekend 2022. Our ceremony was in Balboa Park, with a backyard reception at a childhood friend’s home. We decided to keep the guest list small and leave behind all the traditional wedding elements that didn’t resonate with us.

Some of our favorite details were shopping for dresses together and getting ready together. Emmy’s former boss and dear friend, Judge Beverly B. Martin, officiated. We had one joint all-gender wedding party of “bridesmates” who know and love both of us. Our dog Gideon was the ringbearer (and we adopted a second dog, Diego, on the last day of our honeymoon!).

We sang a “first song” together (“Power of Two” by the Indigo Girls) instead of a first dance. In addition to our astounding photographer Maddie, many of our artistic friends and family snapped pictures throughout the day. We ate sushi, fried rice, and shrimp katsu and served three flavors of cake.

We ended the night with hours of dancing at San Diego’s premier lesbian bar, Gossip Grill.


Photography by Madeline Barr 

After Party Venue Gossip Grill
Bodice Carol Hannah
Cake Hillcrest Babycakes
Caterer Akioni Catering
Ceremony Venue Alcazar Garden, Balboa Park
Desserts Ube Kalamay Filipino Desserts Plus
Dress Boutique The Sentimentalist
Dress Designer Fashion Originators Guild Of America, Movie Star Moon On Etsy
Engagement Rings Alexis Russell, Mejuri
Entertainment Leslie Lowe
Florist Leah Mai
H&MU Nina Mukhar & Blushed By Brink
Hair Piece Laura Estrada Jewelry
Officiant Hon. Judge Beverly B. Martin
Overskirt Leanne Marshall
Props & Furniture Raphael’s Party Rentals
Robes Natori
Shoes AldoYuul Yie
Signage Minted
Stationery Emmy’s Incredible Younger Sister Bethany
Stylist The Best Wedding For You 
Veil David’s Bridal
Wedding Party Outfits Barong Warehouse
Wedding Rings Shahla Karimi Jewelry

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