My name is Carolina and I am starting my business as an alternative and LGBTQ Wedding Planner in Madrid and Gran Canaria.
Everything bridal related is still quite traditional here, and a lot of people think that getting married means being the center of attention of a very formal event that has nothing to do with them. For most of them the first image that crosses their mind is a Catholic Church Wedding so they kind of get scared off. This makes me sad, because they think they can’t have a special day.
What really gets me excited is the change in their faces when I explain that getting married doesn’t have to be like that.
I believe a wedding is about a couple that love each other, that have a unique relationship and deserve a unique celebration. I ask them what they’re passionate about, how they met, what it is that they reallly love and have in common and start designing from there.
Choosing you wedding rings is a big decision. To help you, today we have some advice from Roland Dean of Equalli – a company specialising in beautiful and high quality jewellery, serving LGBTQ+ community.
Love is a wonderful feeling and it’s only natural to want to celebrate it by making an official engagement. And what better way of saying I love you to the person next to you than with a beautiful wedding ring?
Even more, due to the legalization of same-sex marriages in so many countries across the globe, nowadays everyone has the possibility to freely celebrate their feelings. However, this freedom didn’t bring too much change in jewelry stores and there are not that many brands to consider the needs of a same-sex couple.
This is why we put together a short guide to help you out.
1. Choosing the style
With traditional man and woman weddings, the style is clear: the man gets a thick band while the woman can choose something more delicate and refined. However, with LGBT wedding rings, the options are limitless.
For instance, some couples decide to choose completely different styles, but with a unifying element. This way, both partners show they are unique, but united by their love for each other.
2. Wedding band or engagement ring?
This is a choice you’ll have to make, but there is also the option of going with a matching set. This means that you can get a wedding band and the matching engagement ring and decide who wears the one and who the other.
3. Matching rings or not
This is a legit question and it shows up in both heterosexual and LGBT couples. The answer is no, there is no rule that says the rings must match. It’s just a tradition that was designed to allow people around to identify you as a married couple. Continue Reading
This shoot was shared with us by Philip Dignum, a Midlands based photographer. He photographed Gemma and Faye in Birmingham using street art as a colourful backdrop. Look at these happy faces! Gemma tells us a bit of their story too.
Gemma: We met thanks to a mutual friends refusal to accept that I didn’t want to go on a blind date. Our friend had worked out long before we did that we were perfect for each other, but being ever so slightly stubborn, I declared I was happy being single. Thankfully, said friend completely ignored me and engineered a meeting that neither of us were privy to. It pains me to admit that she was totally right and it we hit it off immediately. We both knew pretty soon after that it was the real thing.
Flowers in beards! This is not a drill! Flowers in beards and Wes Anderson! Today we have an amazing styled shoot featuring Brian and Jonathan from The Gay Beards shot and shared with us by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo. Enjoy this styling masterpiece!
Our initial inspiration for this shoot was Wes Anderson. We love the styling of his films — specifically the vivid color palettes, the symmetry of the scenes, all the rich textures, memorable characters, and playful details. The fresh spring color palette included vivid teal blue, bubble gum pink, mustard and tan, which contrasted nicely with the all the greenery and dark wood furniture. We chose to use flowers sparingly. Instead, Wildflower PDX incorporated lots of interesting potted plants, tropical foliage, and locally foraged moss, mushrooms and ferns.
The Gay Beards wore casual looks that were a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designer pieces. Their beard bouquets consisted of snap dragons, angel wing begonia leaves, seeded eucalyptus, carnations, straw flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and vintage wooden daisies. They also adorned their beards with vintage buttons and confetti for a few of the shots!
This wedding was shared with us by Kate and Becky’s amazing photographer – Anete Lusina of Lusina photography. The details of this wedding are amazing – we absolutely love the typing machines, seating plan and all the foliage! Such a wonderful day.
Kate and Becky met in Beijing, currently live in Cambodia and got married in Nottinghamshire.
We got married at The Pumping House, which is a beautiful converted pumping station on the edge of Sherwood Forest.
Jo (the Venue Manager) was incredible. Very organized and just lovely.
Niall and Gareth got married at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. They had a great day, delicious food and wishes from Doctor Who himself! Take a look at their fun wedding.
There wasn’t a theme as such, other than “let’s have the best party ever” – but some of inspirations came from the coloured tiles of the Northern Line with a little bit of the Festival of Britain thrown in too. The most important part of the day was having all our family and friends there to see an event we’d been promising for a decade!
A lot has changed in the wedding videography world. The times of two hour long films with cheesy music are over (hopefully!) and now you can get a beautiful, moving videos that will be a pleasure to watch. Hiring the right video company is really important but you can also help them to get the best results on the day. Confetti & Silk is a video company that creates an award – winning, cinematic, discreetly shot wedding films. The managing director of Confetti & Silk, Stuart Kinghorn, shares with us some tips on how to make sure you have the best wedding video.
Tips for choosing your video company
Watch previous example films from a range of videographers, see what’s out there. Most couples simply don’t know if they’ve not been married before or work in the video/ film industry. Try to find someone with a style which you could see yourself as the couple fitting into. This will in turn mean you should trust them to get on with it on the day and their decision making during the edit. It’s no secret if a client treats you better and with respect you will work harder for them, no matter what industry in the world.
The basics should be choose a professional. Do they have a website? Do they respond to emails without you having to follow up? Are they available on the phone? Will you have to pay a deposit and sign a contract? If any of these things are absent, be careful.
Can you find their business across multiple platforms such as social media? These will tell you what the videographers are really like to work with aside from the carefully constructed blurb on their website. Google and Facebook reviews are powerful points of reference. We once worked with, well they didn’t show up so we didn’t work with them, a photographer who had a 1 star review on social media, for not showing up! The bride had missed this but through a little more due diligence it shouldn’t have come as a surprise on the day.
March 1st 2017 was a huge date for Finland – that’s when same sex marriage became legal. That day Raùl and Hannu got married along 8 other happy couples at a theatre in downtown Helsinki. This is what they told us about themselves and their big day.
Photography: Satu Mali
How did you meet?
We met via Instagram in March 2016. We started chatting and fell in love after a while. Hannu visited Mexico in summer 2016 and Raul moved to Finland in October 2016.
Photography: Satu Mali
Tell us about the day! What was the theme, inspiration, the most important and most fun part for you?
Our wedding day was very special because it was the day when same sex marriages became legal in Finland.
We were invited to take part in this historical event “Finally getting married” The whole program was planned by a gay friendly theatre Kapsäkki in Helsinki and everything was sponsored by the Koneen Säätiö.
The planner and producer of the wedding event was Petri Pöyhönen.
We also had really fun time with our wedding photo shoot. Our photographer Satu Mali was very nice and she made us feel very comfortable.
Of course the most important part of the day was the actual wedding ceremony. It took place on a theatre stage. We were there together with 8 other couples.