“Queerlove Utopia” was the theme for Karina and Lynette’s gut-wrenchingly authentic, beautiful and real AF wedding at Millwick, in downtown Los Angeles. This is exactly the kind of act of radical love and inclusion that we all need in our lives right now!
How it all began!
My partner Lynette hails from Brooklyn, and I was raised in San Francisco, where we met almost six years ago. I love Lynette’s quick wit, hearty laugh and white Kangol (that she tilts to the side). I love her authenticity and how she sees the world.
What does she love about me? She laughs at my cheesy jokes with sincerity. She loves how I work towards a world for everyone and how I appreciate family and her culture as much as mine. Also, being steadfast in finding my path as a writer and artist. We come from different places but were both raised on Hip Hop, cassette tapes, and New Edition. Therefore, I know she loves how we experience life together.
We climbed Half Dome a couple years ago, something I never thought I would or could do. On her first trip to Mexico City with me, her proposal came beautifully and unexpectedly from the top of the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan as we made our wishes for the New Year.
Wedding planning and inspo!
Karina and Lynette, are Mexican and Puerto Rican. Some of their guests couldn’t attend due to the natural disasters that decimated parts of both countries. They set out donation boxes for disaster relief for victims of the earthquake and hurricane in both countries in place of gifts for themselves.
The couple lovingly and intentionally set out to create a safe space for themselves and their friends and family- who attended from Brooklyn to San Francisco.
The design elements reflect a bit of who they are and their heritage. Lynette is Puerto Rican and Karina is Mexican/Swedish. They incorporated white papel picado table runners and Mexican elements for the cake. Sounds from incredible Bomba band, Cunya, (traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music) started and ended the ceremony.
Copper tones and deep reds/oranges combined with a literary-type theme brought it together with tables topped with actual ‘chapters’ about moments and places that are important to them.
The most exciting thing about the wedding was our ceremony and vows to each other. Our commitment was made before family, friends, and our amazing community which took a lot for us to get here. Our journey included having our families accept us and see us for who we are, and then want to celebrate our love. Having our friends and community there to witness (who have their own stories and journeys and experiences) was very precious.
Photography by J Wiley Photography