“It was sort of an everyday-thing you might do with your partner,” Will Taylor said of the day photographer Jean-Laurent Gaudy came over their apartment and just hung out with them. “He wanted it to be natural.”
Of course, having such a scenic space to “be natural” in helps. Will Taylor is the founder of Bright Bazaar, an interior design blog he started in 2009 that emphasizes the use of color in the design process. So the kitchen and living area of his apartment that he and his fiancé are shown in are impeccably decorated with just the right amount of pigment.
He and Toby planned everything for the wedding, including color scheme—yellows, blues, and hints of mint—together. “We’ve been kind of laid back about it,” said Taylor, “neither of us are people that dreamt about picturesque weddings.”
Neither of them wanted something as non-descript as a marquee outside of a hotel, either. Their solution? A quiet vineyard they’ve frequented for years on the Balearic Islands of Spain. “We have a lot of happy memories there,” he said, “and it’s compact for the number of guests we wanted.”
Don’t expect a rigid adherence to tradition during the occasion, however. Will likes the fact that gay weddings have less of an expectation when it comes to custom. “We felt like it was just an open book to create the celebration we wanted,” he said.
While they’re keeping the exchanging of rings and overall outline of the ceremony, instead of bridesmaids they’ll have “best girls,” and they still haven’t decided if they’re going to have a cake or share a first dance yet. One tradition that his fiancé made sure they kept was how surprised Will was when he was proposed to by Toby.
Toby told Will they had to buy a house together first and settle down before they could even think of marriage. Taylor agreed and was effectively thrown off the scent until later that night, on top of the Centre Pompidou, when Toby proposed that the two get married.