It's probably no suprise to anyone that I am a big, ol' colorful Liberal. I am a firm believer in equality for ALL! Love, happiness, and marriage are made for everyone and should be celebrated to the fullest in technicolor! Happy Pride Month. 👬👭👫 💖💜💙💚💛 . . Photo: @julieshufordphotography MUH: @despinascandalis & @lio_ramirez
2020 (and this month especially), have been beyond heartbreaking. 💔 Turning on the news, it can feel like each day is darker than the next. That being said, in my life, there are two guys that make each day a little brighter. One is tall and one is small. This month, Sebastian @gentlemanontour and I celebrated 4 years together as well as Oliver's 14th birthday. Both are milestones for our little family. So on this Saturday, I remind you that after the rain, in the midst of darkness, always search for a rainbow to bring you hope. 🌈 . . Photo: @julieshufordphotography
Happy 5 years of National Marriage Equality! 🎉💜💯 . . It is a day worth celebrating but a strong reminder of how much more work we have to do for equality of all people in our country. Anything But Gray Events stands with and supports our LGBTQ+ friends, loved ones, and clients on this very momumental day. 👬🏳️🌈🇺🇸 . . Photo: @visualsbyarpit Venue: @skirball_la Florals: @flowerduetla Chuppah: @lightsfornights Suits: @friartux Male Grooming: @betsybmu Grooms: @agreensfo & @jgoldca Planning & Design: @anythingbutgrayevents
Happy (belated) 4th wedding anniversary to one of my most colorful, creative and cutest couples eva, @chrissasparkles & kawaiiguyla! 🎀👩❤️👨. Plus, special Happy Birthday shout out to Chrissa on this special day. 🎉🎉🎉🎉Wishing you both a lifetime of love, kitties, and creativity! 😘 . . Photo: @jemerlingweddings
This phrase means so much more now than it ever has before. 💜 . . If you have followed me for a while, I am sure you noticed that my feed in the last few months has gone from happy and colorful wedding inspiration to focused education, justice, and activism. This is incredibly intentional. I believe as a small business owner you can't separate your beliefs from your business. It is an extension of who you are. This is not about politics, it's about people. At first, with the onset of COVID-19, my focus was to keep my feed colorful and bright while using the captions to connect and empathize with my clients and the outside world to how we were ALL feeling during this pandemic. It was important for me to keep the message positive and uplifting considering the About of depression, loss of work, and instability so many were dealing with. If my positivity helped just one person that day feel more hopeful, then it was worth it. Now, as we focus our actions to the inequality and systemic racism that has plagued our culture and country for centuries, I see my feed more as a platform for standing up and speaking out against injustice, especially as a part of the wedding industry. Working in a field that is so filtered through the lens of straight, white couples has to stop. Love, weddings, and marriages come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, yet, what the wedding industry puts out to the world does not reflect that. This isn't the time to stay the same. There is no going back to normal because normal is what needs to change. This is the time to take action and make a difference for good. While a curated feed is nice and fluffly, a meanful feed that creates a movement of lasting, positive change is crucial. I encourage my fellow creatives to do the same. Silence is not an option. If you need a reminder everyday to take action, this poster featuring a piece by Sister Corita Kent from 1976 is in available for a limited time to download and print on your own through @coritaartcenter. In Sister Corita's spirit of love, hope, and justice, use this poster to champion change: carry it to a demonstration, display it in your window, or share via social media!