Enough Is Enough: In Response to This Week's Anti-LGBTQ+ News in the Wedding Industry

Enough Is Enough: In Response to This Week's Anti-LGBTQ+ News in the Wedding Industry

Last week, the self-delusion fell squarely on the shoulders of a Denver-based videography company, Media Mansion. This coupled with the United Methodist Church’s recent vote for restrictions against queer clergy (many whom have sustained my last remaining ounce of faith in Christianity) and queer couples to marry in their churches has many of us worn out, scared, and feeling helpless.

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Fuck Yeah Weddings Uses Photography to Rethink Gender and Weddings

Fuck Yeah Weddings Uses Photography to Rethink Gender and Weddings

Kendall has always loved photography and from a young age knew they wanted to be a photographer when they grew up. Recognizing and validating each person's identity is critical to their core beliefs of feminism and equality. And the super gendered, binary nature of weddings? It really pisses Kendall off.

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Want to Be Gender Fabulous on Your Wedding Day?

Want to Be Gender Fabulous on Your Wedding Day?

Weddings often heighten the traditional performance of gender, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let the idea of performance empower you to rewrite, reclaim, or reinvent gender roles to express your unique identity. 

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Kin Aesthetics // Thinking Beyond Marriage

Kin Aesthetics // Thinking Beyond Marriage

By making what felt like my first adult decision, I had hopped on an escalator and couldn’t get off. We grew to love each other, and I wasn’t miserable. Yet I increasingly wondered, is this it?

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Samantha + English's Puptastic Same-Sex Newlywed Portraits in Columbia, SC

Samantha + English's Puptastic Same-Sex Newlywed Portraits in Columbia, SC

English and Sam decided to bring along their two dogs during their session for photos of all of them together as a family. If you know me, you know that I am always happy when my clients bring along their fur babies. English and Samantha's pups, Kerwin and Zoe, wore a matching bandanna and bowtie set, and rocked out their photos with the couple

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Cisgender Hetero Couple? Here Are 5 Ways to Still Support LGBTQIA+ Visibility on Your Wedding Day

Cisgender Hetero Couple? Here Are 5 Ways to Still Support LGBTQIA+ Visibility on Your Wedding Day

If you and your partner are two cisgender hetero people planning your wedding day, you may think that supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and promoting LGBTQIA+ visibility doesn’t have a place in your wedding, but the truth is there are lots of ways to still support your LGBTQIA+ friends and family on your wedding day!

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Real Couples // Living in London, Married in Ireland: Jon + Donal

Real Couples // Living in London, Married in Ireland: Jon + Donal

Donal and Jon aren’t religious so they opted for a Humanist ceremony. Following a meeting with their chosen celebrant Sally O’Kelly they knew straight away that Sally was the perfect fit for them. She talked them through the process and how best to decide upon the script for the ceremony. 

Keeping it short, including special readings, music, and the inclusion of mothers of the grooms to light the unity candle and as witnesses made the ceremony that extra bit special. 

Donal and Jon decided not to include their own written vows but instead used a slightly more traditional script, not only because otherwise they would have been too emotional to speak, but because they felt the traditional script suited their feelings towards marriage and each other. 

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3 Actions to Take in the Wake of the SCOTUS Decision

3 Actions to Take in the Wake of the SCOTUS Decision

Without a doubt this ruling will be used as precedence for even more discriminatory cases. It is a reminder of the work ahead of us. It is a blow to the spirit and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community. It is a call to action to those of us who call ourselves allies. So here are three actions to take NOW to respond to this decision.

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Real Couples // A Lake Michigan Beach Engagement: Emily + Ang

Real Couples // A Lake Michigan Beach Engagement: Emily + Ang

Emily's engagement ring is gold with a small diamond and was made for my great-grandmother in the 1940s by my great-uncle in Melbourne. My great-grandmother was a rabble-rousing Anglican woman who loved me dearly and was always kind. It seemed appropriate to give it to a rabble-rousing Episcopalian woman who loves me dearly and is always kind.

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Styled Shoot // Amber and Jaleesa's Colorful Asheville Glamping Elopement

Styled Shoot // Amber and Jaleesa's Colorful Asheville Glamping Elopement

This glamping styled shoot in Asheville was our way of shooting for us and our portfolios. It was a way for us to have a little fun behind the camera without the pressure of paying attention to clients’ expectations. I was so happy when I found Amber and Jaleesa via a model call I put out in The Queen Photographers on Facebook. They are such a lovely couple who are truly SO in love. It was a pleasure to photograph them for this shoot.

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It's Time for a Wedding Language Re-Dux: Say This Not That

It's Time for a Wedding Language Re-Dux: Say This Not That

If you have spent even a limited amount of time in the wedding industry, you have likely picked up on the heteronormative language that is deeply ingrained in the day-to-day. This language is outdated, and hurtful to those in non-hetero relationships. It's time for the wedding industry to be inclusive of all couples in love. It's time for a wedding language re-dux.

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Looking for a Photographer that Makes You Feel at Home? We've Found the One // Cassandra Zetta Photography

Looking for a Photographer that Makes You Feel at Home? We've Found the One // Cassandra Zetta Photography

Cassandra Zetta is a photographer whose work we have admired for a long time, and once we had her speak at {un}convention in Richmond last November, we knew her dedication to LGBTQ+ couples meant she was the absolute right fit for our vendor community.Get to know Cassandra Zetta and how she's making the world of wedding photography a better and more inclusive place. 

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Real Couples // Casual Same-Sex Romance in Columbia, SC: Brittany + Michele

Real Couples // Casual Same-Sex Romance in Columbia, SC: Brittany + Michele

We met in college. We were actually both dating other people when we became friends. We talked all the time and could not wait to be around each other. The relationship eventually became something more and we broke it off with our other partners. We both knew from the very beginning that there was something special between us and despite some drama in the beginning (ending our other relationships and Michele's family not being supportive), we made it and have never been happier.

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Real Couples // A Just Because Couples Session in Vancouver: Ace + Cicely-Belle

Real Couples // A Just Because Couples Session in Vancouver: Ace + Cicely-Belle

I saw Kaidra's work on Facebook and it looked amazing! I know that she's photographed people of diverse backgrounds and identities before, so we felt super comfortable working with her. We were just about to move into a new place at the time so we wanted some photos we could decorate our home with. I had to do some convincing to get Ace involved—she's not as narcissistic as I am—but she definitely knows we look hot as a couple so she obliged. We love to get dressed up and have a good time so it was really incredible to have Kaidra document our love in that way.

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Real Couples // A Joyous Same-Sex Indian Wedding in Denver | Albertine & Monica

Real Couples // A Joyous Same-Sex Indian Wedding in Denver | Albertine & Monica

For the ceremony, I wore all traditional jewelry, except for the finger rings and the nose ring because it was too much jewelry for me. I don't normally wear jewelry and they were a bit uncomfortable. I wore a maang tikka on my forehead, which I loved, a few heavy diamond necklaces and earrings, ankle bracelets, and red and white bangles, which are the traditional wedding colors. We exchanged not only rings but also Mangal Sutras (diamond and black onyx necklaces bought in India) during the ceremony. We also got wedding Henna or Mehndi done before leaving LA on our hands and feet. It took hours to be applied and we had to sit still and sleep without rubbing it off so it would stain as dark as possible, which was so hard! As is the tradition we got each other's first name initial hidden in our Henna and during the first look we had to find it on each other.

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