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. [...]

10 Practical Wedding Gifts For Your Gay Buddies

Wedding season unofficially kicks off this month, and with more and more states deeming same-sex marriages legal you're bound to receive an invitation to your friends' fabulous nuptials any minute. And that means you'll need to buy a gift. Instead of sticking to the registry, however - do they really need more stuff? - think outside the Crate and Barrel box and opt for a practical-but-still-thoughtful present that the happy couple can put to good use. Here are 10 ideas to get you started. 1. Date-Planning Subscription Date-planning services - like HowAboutWe Couples and Kahnoodle Concierge - are [...]

From US to Canada, Western Michigan Couple Celebrates Their Love

It was love at first sight for Max Brown and Doug Sipsma. They met in 1999 when they were both visiting Chicago. They struck up a conversation in a store, exchanged phone numbers and a couple of weeks later they had their first date. They've been together ever since. "People don't believe it, but Doug said, 'Don't I know you from somewhere?' when we met," Brown recalls. "We lived close to each other on the west side of Michigan, but we'd never met." The couple says it only took a few dates to know they wanted to be [...]

Planning, Catering And More: Inclusive Vendor Jeff Zak

Jeff Zak has been in the food industry his whole life and spent many years working up the "food chain" before opening up his very own catering business called Jeff Zak Catering 16 years ago. It started on "the right side of the tracks," as Zak puts it, in downtown Plymouth vs the Old Village divide. Having moved from Forest Street to the main drag of Old Village, Zak works year-round providing butler passed appetizers, full plated dinners, contemporary family style meals and gourmet buffets. He's been to three years of the LGBT Wedding Expo and Zak is very excited for [...]

How To Be A (Gay) Wedding Guest

Mazel tov! Two kindred gays have decided to make it official and get married (as married as they can get in the state of Michigan), and you’ve been invited to see their love’s freak flag fly. In the gay world, coming to the ceremony is considered the ultimate cosign of a relationship and union. And the invitation arrives with as much pretext as a subpoena – be there or you don’t support us and we can no longer be brunch buddies. Not to mention every special day has its own special guidelines. Want to make it through a [...]

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