Free and Discounted Wedding Services for LGBTQ/Undocumented Couples in Wake of Election

Are you an engaged LGBTQ or undocumented couple? These vendors are offering free and discounted services to same sex/queer/undocumented couples who are moving their wedding dates earlier so they can be married before Trump takes office.

Read on to find photography, planning, officiating, and invitation design services near you!


DETROIT, MI

The Wedding Cat is offering free wedding planning services to any LGBTQ couples who would like to get married before our newest elected representatives can make any changes to the legality of marriage equality.  If you are planning a wedding that is scheduled any time between now and 5/31/17, you are eligible to choose one of two services listed below at no cost.

  1. Consulting, Plan, and Design - 15 hours ($740 value)
  2. Day of & Rehearsal Coordination - ($999 value)

This offer is valid for redemption with until the Obama Administration leaves office on January 20, 2017, for weddings occurring on or before May 31, 2017.  This offer is only valid in South-East Michigan and subject to availability.

To take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is email woernerevents(at)gmail.com with the following information:

  1. Your name, contact info, and wedding date
  2. The service that you would like to select
  3. Optional: Include your story; tell her a little bit about yourself and your partner

CALIFORNIA / MASSACHUSETTS

Evangeline Lane is a mega talented photographer who is offering free elopement or wedding photography to the community before January 21st in California (subject to availability). She also might be on the East Coast for the holidays in the Massachusetts area, so she would offer it there as well.

E-mail to inquire: hello(at)evangelinelane.com


ARKANSAS / SOUTHERN MISSOURI / EASTERN OKLAHOMA

Erika Ryan is offering free elopement photography for couples in the Arkansas/southern Missouri/eastern Oklahoma area. Elopement coverage includes four hours of photography services; subject to date availability. Email Contact@erikaryanphoto.com.


OKLAHOMA

Mariah Rockwell of Brass Bird Photography is offering free photography for elopements. 

Inquire here for availability


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Abi Q Photography is offering three SF elopements before January 20 that will be purely donation-based. This means you pay what you think her services are worth, and she will donate the proceeds to a local group who fights for social justice. If interested, email Abi@abiqphoto.com


GREATER MICHIGAN

Emily of Watassa Wedding Photography is offering 100% free wedding photography and elopements for couples leading into Donald Trump's presidency. She is based in Michigan but is willing to travel.

Find more details here and submit the online form to inquire!


ANYWHERE

Alisa Bobzien is offering free invitations to any queer couples who find themselves suddenly trying to get married before Obama leaves office. Her designs have been featured at Urban Outfitters, Target, Michael's, and more. 

Find all the details regarding eligibility and what she needs from you here!


SAN FRANCISCO AREA

Chloe Jackman Photography is offering two 60 minute elopements and one 60 minute portrait session (family or couple) for undocumented or LGBTQ couples/families on a donation basis and the proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit! For more info, email photos@chloejackman.com


UTAH

Haley Hoover is shooting/officiating tiny ceremonies and elopements for next to nothing in Utah! Her work is absolutely stunning; you won't be disappointed. She is offering a flat rate of $300 for all day (whether that's a few hours, or an all day thing) photography coverage. Travel fees (if outside of Utah/SLC county) and any applicable food/accommodation costs are not included in this price.

Reach out to her on Instagram @haleyhooverphoto or email her at haaleyhoover(at)gmail.com.


WASHINGTON STATE

MJ Photography and Stephanie Selle of the amazing, conscientious company With These Rings are offering joint photography and officiant services for no cost to same sex and undocumented couples hoping to make their union official prior to the new administration taking office. Elopements and small ceremonies only.

Email to inquire: hello(at)stephanieselle.com


ATLANTA, GA

Amanda Summerlin is offering free photography for courthouse weddings of LGBTQ couples in Atlanta, GA, from now until inauguration. Inquire for availability.  

She is also organizing a mass LGBTQ wedding in the Atlanta area. Details to follow. 


NYC AREA / OHIO

Sarah Hoppes of Smitten Chickens is offering free and discounted photography services in the New York/Hoboken/Jersey City area for any LGBTQ couples from now until January 20th. She will also be available in Ohio the week of Christmas. 

Details and contact information available here.


NYC AREA / NEW JERSEY

Chelo Keys is offering up to 4 hours of free wedding photography for elopements or small weddings under 25 people. Includes travel within 100 miles of NYC. Available for travel anywhere outside of this area for a small fee. Subject to availability and good through January 20, 2017.

Inquire for availability. 


CENTRAL VIRGINIA

The Faded Poppy supports love, in all forms. "We have friends and family within the LGBTQ community, it would be our pleasure to offer a discounted rate to Catalyst's couples eloping from now-January 21 in the Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville area of Virginia."

Offering 1 free bouquet or boutonnière with the purchase of at least 1 identical item. 
Limit 1 per couple. No cash value. Delivery is not included, pick up options available

Inquire for further details.


RICHMOND, VA

Jaime at Hidden Exposure Photography is offering 2 free elopements for two lucky couples and one free portrait session to an LGBTQ couple who may have already married and don't have wedding photos. This is valid for the Richmond VA area. If interested, email jaime@hiddenexposurephotography.com
 


RICHMOND, VA

Ash Carr is offering donation based wedding photography coverage for elopements and small weddings (less than 20 individuals) for LGBTQ and undocumented couples happening before January 20, 2017 within 100 miles of Richmond, Virginia. She is offering to provide coverage anywhere else for the cost of travel. Will include 4 hours of coverage + digital file delivery. Couples can choose to donate any amount to one of the following organizations or another of their choice: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, Sierra Club, Earth Justice, National Organization for Women, EMILY'S List, Center for Reproductive Rights, National Immigration Law Center, Sylvia Rivera Law Project. E-mail to inquire about available dates: Hello(at)AshCarr.com


DENVER, CO

Carnefix Photography is offering free wedding photography coverage for LGBTQ and couples’ elopements and/or small weddings (less than 50 people) happening before March 5th, 2017 within 50 miles of Denver, Colorado*, and discounted photography services for LGBTQ couples for the entirety of 2017. Services include: 4 hours of coverage + digital file delivery. 
* Willing to provide coverage anywhere else for the cost of travel. This offer is, of course, subject to availability. Inquire by emailing haley.carnefix@gmail.com or filling out the contact form at http://carnefix.photography/contact for more information.


AUSTIN, TX

Diana Ascarrunz Photography is offering 2 hours of free wedding photography for elopements or small weddings under 25 people for weddings in Austin, TX.  (Subject to availability – Offer Valid until January 20th 2017). Contact dianaascarrunzphotography@gmail.com for details and travel dates for couples outside of Austin.


NORTH CAROLINA

Lafferty Photo is offering elopement coverage for LGBTQ and undocumented couples in North Carolina. For more information, email info@lafferty.photo


LOS ANGELES, CA

"Love Wins Out" is an event being put on by LA Wedding Vendors & Creatives Collective to celebrate and protect marriage equality in Los Angeles. We have over 40 wedding vendors in all categories donating their time and services to provide a day of back-to-back professionally styled, coordinated, photographed, and catered elopements for LGBTQ couples looking to be legally wed before January 21, 2017. We are in the process of finalizing the date and venue, but it will most likely be a weekday in the first or second week of January 2017 and in the greater LA area. We are gathering contact information from any couples interested in participating here or questions/inquiries can be directed to jessica@jessicaschillingphotography.com


COLUMBUS, OH

Rachel Joy Baransi is offering free photography for courthouse weddings/elopements of LGBTQ or undocumented couples in Columbus, OH from now until inauguration. Interested? Email racheljoybaransi@gmail.com


LOS ANGELES, CA

Kenzie Kate Floyd is offering free wedding coverage for LGBTQ couples until January 20th, and discounted wedding coverage for queer couples for the rest of 2017. She's based in LA but is available for travel! For more info, email kenzie@kenziekatephoto.com.


VICTORIA BRITISH COLUMBIA / VANCOUVER

Lily and Lane Photography is happy to offer free photography for elopements and small weddings (50 people or under) to LGBTQ* couples coming across the border to get married in Victoria BC/lower Vancouver Island from now through January 2017. Any interested couples should email nicola@lilyandlane.ca 


WASHINGTON, DC / MARYLAND

Hannah Nielsen-Jones of River & Root Ceremonies is a Life-Cycle Celebrant based in Washington, DC.  She will be offering free elopements in DC and MD between now and Inauguration.  This basically means that her standard elopement package (includes your choice of vows and readings and a keepsake ceremony, along with signing all relevant paperwork – a value of $175) will be totally free for folx who want to get married before Darth Cheeto takes office, schedule permitting obviously. Email her at hannah(at)riverandrootceremonies.com.


OAKLAND, CA

Studio XIII Photography is offering free photography services to LGBTQ couples before the inauguration. Submit this online form to inquire.


AUGUSTA, GA

L & L Weddings is providing discounted services to couples near the Augusta, GA area. They can take off 20% from the photography packages, and we offer payment plans to help couples hire a professional. Contact them through their site!


RICHMOND, VA

In light of recent events, EQ Events will be offering special elopement packages for $100 until January 20, 2017.

- Ten minute, heartfelt elopement ceremony
- Ten guests or fewer
- Your choice of vows from our library
- Your choice of location and date (as available)
- Filing of marriage license
- Free hugs

Email them for availability: eqevents@eqeventsrva.com


MAINE / PORTSMOUTH, NH

Fidelio Photography is offering two Maine or Portsmouth, NH area elopements before January 20 that will be purely donation based. This means you pay what you think their services are worth, and they will donate the proceeds to a local group who fights for the rights of LGBQT couples. "We can't stand silently by and not do something. So today, I'm offering what I do have, and that is my art."

Contact them for availability.


PHILADELPHIA / NYC

Ash Imagery is offering two Philadelphia elopements before January 20 that will be purely donation based. This means you pay what you think their services are worth, and they will donate the proceeds to a local group who fights for the rights of LGBTQ couples (They can also do NYC but there will be some travel costs involved in that).

Contact them for availability. 


PHILADELPHIA

Shannon Collins Photography is offering two Philadelphia area elopements before January 20th that will be purely donation-based. This means you pay what you think their services are worth, and they will donate the proceeds to the William Way LGBT Community Center. The William Way Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming.

Contact them for availability.


RICHMOND, VA / WASHINGTON, DC / MARYLAND

Meagan Abell Photography + Meagan Makes Gifs is offering free and donation-based, 4 hour elopement coverage (including gifs!) for LGBTQ+ and undocumented couples in the Richmond, DC and MD areas! Which means you can donate whatever you feel able to, and they will pass on those donations to Side by Ride RVA, who supports LGBTQ+ youth in Virginia. (Meagan is also offering free travel within the VA, DC and MD areas for elopements as well!)

For more information and to chat, email heyhihello@meaganabellphotography.com


CENTRAL VA

Christy McKee Photography is offering 50% off either an elopement package or a free engagement session before February 28th.

Contact them for availability.


RICHMOND, VA

Richmond Photo & Video Booth is offering their photo booth package with a $100 discount to any LGBTQ couple looking to wed in the Richmond area. The couple would need to book their package before the end of the 2016.

Contact them for availability.


LOS ANGELES, CA

Keely Weiss is a licensed minister who lives in LA and would be happy to travel within reason (say, a day's drive). 

Email her at keely.weiss(at)gmail.com to inquire


WASHINGTON, DC

Aimee Custis is offering free elopement photography for couples marrying between now and January 20 (schedule permitting).

Email her at aimee(at)aimeecustis.com for details.


DALLAS / FORT WORTH, TX - ANYWHERE

Jessica Cain is a pastor who would gladly perform weddings for free and/or help find local pastors who would do the same anywhere in the country.

Email or call: pastor(at)newhopeblanco.org / 830-560-6289


SEATTLE, WA

DIWAS Photography is offering discounts on wedding/storytelling photography for couples that have been marginalized by this election. We are Seattle, WA based and travel within the state - or beyond! We're offering 20-30% off of our wedding collections, and including a gift upon delivery. Folks can contact us through our website.


NEW JERSEY

Kat Irwin is willing to offer her services as a Lutheran pastor to officiate weddings for those who are concerned about their status post-inauguration.

Email or call: pastorkatirwin@gmail.com / 610-780-0141


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NEW YORK CITY

Justin McCallum Photography is offering 2 hours wedding photography coverage to undocumented and LGBTQ+ couples in New York City. Feel free to reach out to him at justin@justinmccallum.com


LOS ANGELES

Super talented Michelle Terris is on board.

Email her now at michelle.terris(at)gmail.com!


WASHINGTON, DC / RICHMOND, VA

Swoon Soiree is offering free proposal planning and 50% off a wedding planning package in DC, Virginia, and Richmond. 

Inquire at lauren@swoonsoiree.com


AUSTIN, TX

Elissa R Photography is offering donation-based wedding photography for elopements and tiny weddings (between 2-25 people) for up to two hours in Travis county for couples who have moved up their wedding date to precede inauguration.

Email to inquire at info@elissarphotography.com 


MADISON, WI

Karen Morrison is offering free officiating services to queer/undocumented folks who want to get married before Trump takes office.

Email to inquire: karen.e.morrison(at)gmail.com


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Burlap and Rose Weddings is offering free and discounted wedding services through June 30, 2017. While we truly hope and believe that marriage equality will not be jeopardized under the new administration, we understand that many queer couples may want to get married before that right could potentially be taken away. Because we offer a wide variety of services including planning/design/florals, please get in touch to find out how we might offer free or discounted/donation based services that fit your needs!

Contact them for availability.


KANSAS

Oh Snap! Photography is offering 3-hour elopement coverage for LGBTQ and undocumented couples in the Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence area.

For more information, email ailecia.ruscin@gmail.com 


CHAMPAIGN, IL

Supernova Photography is offering elopement coverage of up to four hours of photography services for LGBTQ and undocumented couples prior to inauguration we are; subject to date availability.

Email contact@supernovaphotography.com for availability.


NORTH CAROLINA

Carolina Love Events is offering free coordination services from any couples interested in elopements or ceremonies only from now until May.  50% off of day-of coordination services for       receptions (normally $500) or ceremonies & receptions (normally $1000).  

Contact: email info@carolinaloveevents.com or 252.903.1202


NEW JERSEY

Montclair Wedding Sanctuary is offering free use of our church for your wedding ceremony before January 20, 2017.  If you use our officiants’ services, you will receive a 50% discount on their fees, and wedding coordinator’s fees are also discounted 50%. 


LOS ANGELES

R & O Weddings is offering free photography services to LGBT+ couples in the Southern California area throughout December and January.

Contact them for availability!