View From the Bottom: The Color of Marriage

Until We All Can Reap the Benefits of Marriage, We Haven't Won Marriage Equality If you Google search Rev. Roland Stringfellow, you'll find a picture of him in his religious robing speaking to a sea of people on Castro Street in San Francisco, California, circa 2008. Stringfellow lived in San Francisco Bay Area when then Mayor Gavin Newsome directed the city's county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. The window to get married was brief between Newsome's directive and the California Supreme Court's nullification of the resulting marriages. Nevertheless, the gay community persisted. The [...]

Identities Affirmed with Gender-Bending Wedding Apparel

Local Tux Shop Owners Understand Glitter and Tulle Isn't for Everyone When Birdie Buckley-Ball was planning to walk down the aisle with her wife Megan, she never even considered wearing a dress. But a dearth of clothing tailored to women with Buckley-Ball's taste, as well as butch women, transgender men, and gender non-conforming individuals has made finding a tuxedo or a suit to properly fit their bodies challenging and expensive. "I always wear clothes that make me feel comfortable and make me confident," Buckley-Ball explained. "For me, that was always pants and shirts. So for your big day [...]

Attendees at Wedding Expo Express ‘Relief’ to Find Welcoming LGBT-Friendly Businesses

The seventh annual Ultimate LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo, hosted on Sunday by Between The Lines at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, drew a crowd of more than 600 people who came out to visit with more than 100 LGBT-friendly vendors. In addition, the Expo featured three fashion shows, live entertainment, special guests, food and cake tastings, and plenty of giveaways. "There were a lot of goodies," said Christy Amon, who attended the Expo for the first time with her fiance Michelle Abraham. "It was a lot of fun. We've been to other expos and there were [...]

How to Find the Right Officiant for Your Wedding

It’s one of the hardest decisions couples planning to tie the knot have to make: Who should officiate the ceremony? Some attend church regularly and have faith leaders who for them are an obvious choice. But for many more couples, finding just the right person to join them as one is a challenge. Finding the right officiant - one who can tailor make a wedding service to remember - isn’t as difficult as one might imagine. It really comes down to comparison shopping and taking the time to meet with two or three potential officiants to find the [...]

Give Yourself the Wedding Gift of Premarital Counseling

There are so many things to consider as you prepare for that walk down the aisle. Flowers, rings, cake flavors - these are just the tip of the iceberg. But lurking beneath the surface may be something bigger that needs addressing. Should you add finding the right therapist for premarital counseling to that growing list of decisions to be made? "What we call 'premarital' counseling is really counseling for anyone who is considering stepping up commitment in a relationship, whether they plan on getting married or not," said Royal Oak-based psychotherapist Matt Sweet. "All relationships go through milestones [...]

Wedding Photography Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Photographers Steve Schwall and Kathy Mabbott guided Giselle and Teresa through what can be a stressful day for two brides without an experienced professional. Photo courtesy of Rawlinson Photography As a photographer, it is always important to be in touch with the latest trends in photography. Wedding photography, much like the entire business of weddings, is highly influenced by the ebb and flow of trends. Here are a few of the trends, according to local wedding photographers and videographers, the wedding industry will see dominating 2017. First Looks 1. "First Looks are still gaining in popularity. [...]

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