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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 [...]

Couple’s Great Love Makes History, In More Ways Than One

Ken Siver and Zack Ismail's eyes met across a crowded dance floor 18 years ago. And the rest, as they say, is history. The date was Aug. 16, 1998. The place: Backstreet Nightclub in Detroit. Ismail, who is now a 42-year-old nurse anesthetist, says it was only his second time going to a gay bar. "I was trying to figure myself out," he says. Siver, the 70-year-old mayor of Southfield, says that for him, it was love at first sight. "I walked up to him and we've been together ever since," he says. "With a relationship, you have [...]

LGBT Jewelry Collection Comes To Tapper’s

A new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer, Rony Tennenbaum, is being featured by Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in honor of its 37th Anniversary. Tapper's, Michigan's most trusted jeweler since 1977 and a long-standing sponsor of BTL's Wedding Expo, is expanding its demographic reach to the LGBT community by adding a new wedding and engagement jewelry collection created to celebrate marriage and equality. Tapper's has just announced the addition of Rony Tennenbaum's Jewelry collection to its bridal cases in each of its three metro-area locations in Novi, Troy and West Bloomfield. Founded in 1977 by husband-and-wife team [...]

Busted at the Seams In Detroit

"I have a commitment to humans. They come in all different shapes or sizes or whatever and if you want to wear a bra, who am I to say you can't wear a bra?" says Lee Padgett, owner of Busted Bra Shop. Busted opened in December 2013 and at the time was Detroit's only lingerie shop. Today the shop has cup sizes from AAA-O (as in the letter) and 26-56 available for band sizes. Padgett owned Cafe Detroit from 2003-2006 during a time when Meetup was really popular, as was speed dating. While it was open, the shop [...]

Gay Wedding Cakes: More Than Just Dessert

The "gay wedding cake" has practically become a symbol in the climb to same-sex marriage. From Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to grassroots "Protect Religious Freedom" movements, segments of the United States population have worked to put a stop to same-sex weddings both before and after Obergefell v. Hodges (the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court Case that made same-sex marriage legal in the country). The primary method these people seem to use is to cut vendor ties -- officiants have backed out from performing ceremonies last minute, reception halls have denied service, and perhaps most famously, bakers have failed to [...]

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