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Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.

Sarah + Kelly: A Rustic Outdoor Wedding in Denver
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:43
Sarah + Kelly: A Rustic Outdoor Wedding in Denver

Kelly and Sarah had a lovely rustic wedding in Denver!

It's Not All About the Dress: Wedding Lingerie for the Feminine Bride
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:46
It's Not All About the Dress: Wedding Lingerie for the Feminine Bride

Your wedding isn't all about the dress—you want to feel fabulous underneath it, as well!

Feeling Visible: Filing Taxes Together as a Married Lesbian Couple Should
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:17
Feeling Visible: Filing Taxes Together as a Married Lesbian Couple Should

It’s tax day, and I’m feeling visible, which is a pretty damn spectacular feeling for someone who has felt invisible in her country for the past five years of being married to the woman I love.

Same-Sex Couple is the First to be Married in UK Church
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:29
Same-Sex Couple is the First to be Married in UK Church

A UK couple becomes the first to legally marry in a UK church.

Become a Preferred Local Vendor Today
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 02:18
Become a Preferred Local Vendor Today

equallywed.com is the nation’s premier same-sex wedding magazine. We invite you to become a preferred local vendor today!

Ohio Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States
Published: Monday, 14 April 2014 16:47
Ohio Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.

When Heather Morgan made the decision to join the Canadian bridal show circuit with her fledgling wedding photography business last spring, she assumed she would meet other vendors, make connections and perhaps gain a few clients. What she received was a reality check on just how harsh the wedding industry can be for LGBT couples, which inspired her to make a life-altering decision.

“During a show in April, one of the other vendors came up to me in a panic, ‘The next couple coming through is gay,’ he told me in a hurry and then ran off to the next vendor. I needed to be warned about a couple's sexual orientation before they came through?” she explains. “I was confused, but shrugged it off. After all, I had this awesome couple to talk to! They were a lesbian couple. They were sweet, smart, funny, and we hit it off right away.”

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After chatting with the happy couple (whose wedding she will be photographing next fall), she yet again heard the neighboring vendors gossiping. “One questioned why the hotel had let them into the show in the first place when they found out they were gay. This is when I realized that while we may enjoy the freedom to marry a same-sex partner in Canada, it did not mean it was accepted,” Morgan says. “As someone who was newly out myself, it cut me deeply. I realized that as gay couples we had a hard enough time earning the respect of our peers, but did we really need to dodge hostilities from the vendors we paid to make our wedding day special?”

Seeing firsthand the lack of respect to the couple’s commitment drove Morgan into mission mode. After in-depth research turned up no other gay-only photography businesses, she sought out to create the first and dubbed it 2 Bride Photography. “I wanted to create a safe haven of sorts on my own little corner of the Internet where all queer couples could come and be accepted. Period.”

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The company was launched in October 2012 and the website went live just this week, which clearly states her intention of working with gay, lesbian, transgendered and queer couples exclusively.

“Each time I hear the words ‘gay-friendly’ it gets translated to ‘straight-preferred’ in my mind,” she explains of her decision to market only to LGBT couples. “Gay-friendly photographers market to straight couples. They work with straight couples. They make their living off of straight couples and therefore that is their preferred clientele. Are they happy to do a same-sex wedding should the opportunity arise? Sure. And do not get me wrong, some gay-friendly photographers are phenomenal. Some are gay themselves. Some, I have also found, only do it because they will not turn down the money. So unfortunately you do not always know what you are going to get.”

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Her decision to focus solely on the LGBT community has enabled her to become an expert source for gay wedding photography, whether it’s being sensitive to any familial drama or knowing the ins-and-outs of traditions, new and old. “I understand that the needs of gay couples are not the same as that of straight couples. Everyone is unique. And when a couple comes to me for their wedding photography I get to know them first—their needs, their story,” she says. “We work together so that at the end of the day they are left with photography that truly captures who they are as a couple.”

 

 

Brittny Drye is the senior editor at Equally Wed, the nation's premier online magazine for gay and lesbian weddings and honeymoons. Follow her on Twitter @BrittnyDrye.

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Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.