Celebrating Same Sex Weddings!

At the end of every Allure email, contract, and template are the words, "We believe in marriage equality for everyone."  Years ago, we stamped that on our paperwork and website as a daily reminder about what Allure stands for and who we serve -- couples in love.  All couples.  We are so proud to celebrate alongside our gay and lesbian loved ones this week as we all ring in the new laws that finally allow same sex marriage in California.

Love is love!

To celebrate LOVE, I put together some of my favorite photos of LGBT couples from wedding blogs.  Including photos from a styled shoot I coordinated almost two years ago shot by Meg Perotti (directly below).  Enjoy!

We can't wait to start planning gay weddings in California and beyond!  It's such an exciting time to be a wedding planner and gay ally…I am so proud of our country and the huge steps we are all taking in the right direction!  Now let's start planning weddings!


Our President Supports Same-Sex Marriage!

Finally!  Good news on the heels of North Carolina's hateful amendment passing.  President Obama came out in support of gay marriage today and I am so happy about this, I keep crying!  I seriously had to pull over earlier today when I heard the news, and with my son in the backseat, I joyfully read the posts and articles and tweets out loud to him.  This is a monumental announcement, and I LOVE it! Here's some of what I have been reading and sharing today:

Huffington Post Celeb Reactions Think Progress 

My fierce support for LGBT equal rights and same-sex marriage is no secret.  It's personal to me, it's obvious to me, and I'm actively making it a part of my business in the wedding industry.  Today, I am proud of our president.  I'm emotional because I know how much this means to so many people, and I believe we are all basking in the light of a brave man right now.

Here is one of my very favorite quotes about President Obama's announcement: “This is a major turning point in the history of American civil rights. No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people–and I have no doubt that this will be no exception.  The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion.” -Mayor Michael Bloomberg

I too believe that freedom and equality will prevail, and I think we took a huge, beautiful step in the right direction today!

Allure: Video! Christy on Marriage Equality

Hello Summer! It is beautiful here in the Bay Area and we enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine this week. In lieu of my usual "Week in Review" Sunday post, I wanted to share my new video here on the Allure blog. Allure and Marriage Equality. Please pass it on if you like what you see!

And here is the list of the awesome vendors that worked on the styled shoot featured in the video. They ALL feel passionate about marriage equality and support LGBT weddings!

Coordination and Concept: Christy Daly, Allure Consulting Design and Styling: Kaella Lynn Events Photography: Meg Perotti Invitations and Signage: Aerialist Press Flowers: Ingela Floral Design Cakes: Glass Slipper Gourmet Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals Location: Swedenborgian Church, San Francisco Videography: Sean Basaman Models (and friends!): Randy Bernard and Kresimir Grgurevic

This was truly a labor of love! I am so proud of the final product and so grateful to have worked with such amazing industry professionals. If you want a dream team of wedding vendors for your San Francisco or San Jose wedding--hire everyone listed here!

PS I can't wait to share the entire styled shoot with you. Be patient! Coming soon!

Allure: 8th Week in Review

This was a very productive week!  I spent the rainy days inside working, or at coffee shops working, or on Pinterest 'working' when I needed a break from the work!  Let's start with Pinterest...

1. Pinterest.  I Love Pinterest.  It's an online personal organiztion tool, it's a website to collect pictures with links of things you love, it's fashion, blogs you like to visit, home decor, project ideas, recipes, how-to's...whatever you want to 'pin' onto your 'boards', you do!  For wedding planning/inspiration/DIY it's a daily go-to.  I have boards for current clients, and I show prospective clients my Weddings of My Beautiful Clients board at every first meeting.  Pinterest is time-consuming because it is addictive, not because it is hard to figure out.  And it's time saving, because I don't need to bring individual portfolios to meetings to show clients.  I can do a lot of research and collecting on Pinterest, then send my clients the link to their board.  If you are anything like me, you have had a large spiral notebook at some point in your life, filled with pages torn out of magazines---inspirational sayings and articles, pretty pictures, lists of random ideas or goals...my pinterest account is that beat up spiral notebook.  Except way more organized and less likely to get lost.

2.  New promotional video.  This week, I shot the interview part of the short video my friend Sean Basaman is producing for me.  (Sean Basaman's business website is under construction--but here's a link to his wedding that I planned!)  Sean is an excellent producer and director.  He has been the field producer for Dancing with the Stars, so he knew how to work with a diva like me.  Just kidding.  He didn't know.  Kidding!  I'm not a diva.  Really.  Anyway, we are doing this video to share my commitment to gay rights and marriage equality.  It's a commitment Sean and I share and one that is very important to Allure's mission as a small business.  Shooting the interview was really fun, and I can't wait to share the final product!  It's a project that is also tied into the styled shoot Kaella and I are doing next week with Meg Perotti.  Hint hint...!
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Here's the first video I did for Allure.  On my youtube channel.

3.  2012 Weddings.  This past week, I booked a few weddings and spent time organizing as I prep to start the actual planning work.  Like I've said before...it feels like a lot more work to get weddings than to do weddings sometimes.  I'm about to start a lot more doing!  Here are a few of the venues I'll be working at this year...Rengstorff House in Mountain View, Fort Mason in San Francisco (pic below), St Gregory's and the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and the Marin Art and Garden Center.  And in two weeks, I'll be at Tilden Park in Berkeley to help set up a reception for dear friends!

      Gotta go!  I have work to do!

Prop 8: The Fight Continues

Yesterday (2-7-12), in California, the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  Hooray!  This is certainly a positive ruling as far as Allure is concerned, and for all others who believe in marriage equality.  A step in the right direction for civil rights.  But...it's a familiar step for the crazy state of California.  We've been down this road before, and we've been disappointed before.  For now, not much changes for same sex couples in California that want to legally get married.  In fact, nothing does.  They still can't get married.  Prop 8 is a ban on gay marriage, and it will stay in affect until the deadline for an appeal--one that will likely be filed immediately by the homophobic opposition. It's no secret where I stand on this topic.  I am a fierce supporter of gay rights and believe whole heartedly (it's topic's like this that the term 'whole heartedly' is made for) in marriage equality.  Michelle, Kaella, and I are on the same page.  Allure is in business to help couples have amazing, personal, emotional, fun, fabulous weddings...we are here for all couples in that regard--L, G, B, T...it's all the same to us.  It's all wedding...it's all love.  And we love love!

For now, we keep on keeping on.  Yesterday was a victory in this civil rights movement, but we have a long way to go.

I love hearing what Bernadette Smith, gay wedding planner extraordinaire, has to say about Prop 8, and all things gay wedding.  Here is her post on yesterday's Huffington Post.  Follow her for updates and info--I do!

And I also love Randy Roberts Potts.  He is the grandson of ultra-conservative televangelist Oral Roberts, and he is gay.  He taking his cause "The Gay Agenda" on a tour through the bible belt and documenting the journey. Keeping up with him also helps me to stay informed and inspired.

"Gay and lesbian people fall in love. We settle down. We commit our lives to one another. We raise our children. We protect them. We try to be good citizens."  California Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica


pic from 14stories.com