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!