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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Modern Brides & Modern Grooms by Mark O'Connell

Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings by Mark O'Connell
LGBT Non Fiction
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (November 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629145831
ISBN-13: 978-1629145839
Amazon: Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings
Amazon Kindle: Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings

How to make any wedding liberating, brave, and sexy.

This post-DOMA book is for any couple--same or opposite sex--seeking a personalized wedding that dignifies the relationship and the individual self. No "new normal" here--this guide emboldens you to harness your unique, brazen, queer truth; to be creative; and to plan your wedding your way.

Every fiancé faces the question: How do I become something new without losing myself? Using his own story--from how he and his husband connected via MTV's The Real World to the real world of their marriage--author Mark O'Connell reflects on conflicts that arrive during wedding transitions, as well as various other transitions throughout your lives.

As a psychotherapist, O'Connell offers ideas to bridge relational gaps with your partner, family, and friends. As a professional actor, he also offers insight into the ways your wedding is a theatrical production: how this can help you to conceptualize the event, consolidate your efforts, and increase creative collaboration as a couple. This will serve you not only on the day, but also for the rest of your time together.

Whether we're straight, gay, or other, weddings inspire us to carve out more fun, freedom, recognition, life-space, love-space, and connubial space than we've ever had before.


Part ‘how-to’ and part memoir, this book manages to transcend both and achieve something rather refreshing. Not a light or quick read, but well worth the journey.

I read Modern Brides and Modern Grooms in practically two sittings. This is a very well-written and clever resource for planning gay and straight weddings. The author is a therapist in NYC and he includes several case histories of wedding couples to support his ideas and strategies. The book is contemporary, practical, and fun to read. I loved it.

The nonfiction content of this book and the wonderful writing style, full of wit, empathy, and profound understanding of others definitely puts this book close to the top as far as LBQT advice tomes are concerned. 


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