Post # 1
I’m beginning to check out vendors for my upcoming wedding but am having difficulty finding Gay-friendly ones. I am currently in Arizona but will be getting married in either DC (where gay marriage is already legal) or Washington State (if it’s passed next month). I am open to any photographers willing to travel with me or already located in those areas. A while after there will be a large more family and friend oriented ceremony and reception here in AZ and I have NO ONE willing to help out here. Any suggestions are welcome! However, please keep any negative comments to yourself. We are all entitled to our opinion as I’m entitled to my lifestyle 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
Sorry – I don’t really have any suggestions, but just wanted to bump this up for you in the hopes that other bees might! 🙂
I know that Michele M. Waite (photography) has done some gay weddings in the Seattle area, and her work is absolutely stunning. I am from Seattle, and I imagine that if that is where you end up getting married, you will find that most vendors there (at least in Seattle proper) are very open/receptive/celebratory/whatever you want to call it regarding gay weddings! Seattleites are pretty accepting, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding vendors there, I would hope.
In terms of AZ, you may want to create another post in the local boards, to perhaps get some more specific responses?
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
I don’t know much about vendors, but there have been several recaps etc. in the LGBT boards where people might know more. Good luck and congratulations!
Post # 6
I’m also from Arizona (live in Mesa), but I am getting married in Iowa next September. I grew up in Iowa and all my family is still there, plus same-sex marriage is legal there so its a win-win.
I don’t have any specific vendors to recommend, but I would recommend just calling around the area that you plan on needing the service. Flying vendors starts to get expensive quickly.
Our hardest vendor is book was a photographer. They need to be VERY comfortable with same-sex marriages, because they are ultimately capturing our love for each other. I just emailed a bunch of photographers (like a lot!) and basically said “Hi! My wedding is scheduled for September 28th, 2013. It will be a same-sex wedding (two brides). Is this something that you are comfortable photographing?” After I heard back, I then talked to our top choices via the phone and skype to see who would work well with us. I could tell with these conversation that some people were more comfortable with it than others.
Some people didn’t email us back and I’m assuming those were the ones that are uncomfortable with it. One person told me that she was booked, even though I hadn’t given her a date. One person told me that she was against same-sex marriage due to her belief in God. So you do need a little thick skin, but we ultimately found a fantastic photographer, who not only was supportative of same-sex marriages, but made recommendations of other LGBT-friendly vendors.
Post # 7
This site (gayweddings.com) has vendor submitted and reviewed vendors that are gay friendly. There’s lots of photogs in AZ! It’s where we found a lot of our vendors.
Have fun! 😀
Post # 8
I live in Phoenix, but my FI and I are planning our wedding in Tucson. I don’t know too many vendors in the Phx area, but I have found lots of great people in Tucson. As for out of state your best bet is just to email and ask if they are comfortable. With my vendors I just asked in an email if they had ever worked for a same sex wedding before. The ones that I chose were vendors who were excited to share the other same sex weddings they had worked with. Our photographer has never done one before, but has volunteered within the community and seemed really excited.
Post # 9
@lybarra: That’s awesome about your photographer! You did the right thing when judging your vendors by their excitement… a lot of them are so excited to do same sex weddings so that they can get referrals and be able to show your wedding to future glbt clients.
Post # 10
I haven’t used these resources myself, but I’ve heard WONDERFUL things about the vendor listing on So You’re Engayged. The vendor directory at A Practical Wedding is also a good place to check, as I know there’s several photographers based in the DMV area as well as a few in Washington state, and all vendors take a ‘sanity pledge’ which includes agreeing that they support the rights of LGBT couples to marry and are pleased to work with them. Again, I can’t vouch for these listings or vendors personally as I haven’t used them, but both these listings are really careful about vetting vendors and only include those who are supportive and excited to work with all couples, so they might be a great place to start out 🙂
Post # 11
If you need an officiant in DC, try Rev Bonnie Berger
She celebrated the first public same-sex wedding in dc at the courthouse, and she’s a wonderful person, just a gem. She did our wedding and i honestly could not have asked for better!! She can probably refer you to a local photographer; I’d offer you mine but I’ve not gotten my pro pics yet. Our second shooter was an extremely talented amateur but you’d probably want a pro.
There are two listed in the Washington Blade classifieds: http://www.washingtonblade.com/classifieds/index.php?a=5&b=409
Post # 12
I just wanted to pop in atheater with what Miss Candy Apple said- I think you’ll find the Seattle area is full of gay-friendly vendors.
You might check out http://www.oneloveseattle.com- there is a LGBT wedding expo being held next weekend. I know you’re not local, but you might be able to contact the organizer- her name is Jenny Harding and she’s amazing- explain what you’re looking for and that you’re not local… She might be able to give you a list of vendors attending the show. I wish I could help you out more, I would be attending the show with the hotel I work for but I’m on maternity leave.
My personal recommendation for a Seattle photogrpager is Yours by John photography. He’s so talented and also is just a wonderful person to work with. PM me if you need any more recommendations, happy to help!
Post # 13
If you decide to get married in DC, you might check out Kat Forder Photography. Kat moved to the DC area from Canada about a year ago–and of course, same-sex weddings have been legal there much longer than they have been here. She just shot a same-sex wedding this past weekend.
Post # 14
I know an amatuer photographer who may be able to help you. She doesnt do photography for a career now, but has had experience in it as well as other arts She would have no problem shooting your at home reception if it were in the right area (She lives in pheonix/scottsdale area). PM me if your interested.
Post # 15
If you end up in the DC area try weddings by Sandy, she has a network of officiants and any of them would be happy to marry same sex couples. Sandy officiated our wedding and she was GREAT!
you will find that most vendors in the DC are open to same sex marriage as it is very common here.
Post # 16
Try http://www.purpleunions.com They have gay friendly wedding vendors on their site. You could see if there is something in your area. Good luck.