LGBTQ+ 🏳️🌈 Welcoming Wedding Vendor List
In case you missed it, early in October 2020 it came to light that a Kansas City area wedding venue was not so thrilled about a potential LGBTQ+ wedding inquiry.
We stand VERY firm in our belief that if a vendor is not welcoming, accepting, and celebratory of ALL love, in every form, then that vendor has absolutely no place in the wedding industry.
So, as it were, I was up at 4:30 in the morning and received a message from a friend/DJ notifying me of this venues discrimination. As a result, I made a few Instagram stories expressing my frustration about the discrimination and, well… I ended up in tears. Because of this, some incredibly kind people sent me coffee donations via venmo. While the gesture was beyond kind, I work part-time at Starbucks, and thus am very well caffeinated at all times of the day! I decided I would donate the $15 that had been gifted to me, and I chose to donate it to The Trevor Project.
I made additional Instagram stories, talking about a number of things regarding the LGBTQ+ community, discrimination, and so forth. I also made mention of my decision to donate the coffee funds and that if anyone else wanted to donate they could do so for the next 24 hours.
Y’all – the love, and kindness I received that day STILL overwhelms me. I am positively floored but what happened next. Over the course of 24 hours, I received HUNDREDS of messages expressing outrage, love, kindness, and support, we were also able to raise $1000 to donate to the Trevor Project to help our LGBTQ+ youth. One-thousands-dollars. I thought we would maybe get up to $200, maybe even $300. But $1000, that was never even a thought.
But it happened. It was real.
The Kansas City area (and way beyond that, too) stepped up and made it clear that they do not tolerate discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. That day reminded me how incredibly powerful love truly is.
We are so proud to be a part of this community.
We are so proud of the power behind this community.
We are so proud to be a queer women in this community.
These vendors are LGBTQ+ supporting powerhouses. They are allies who do the extra work, and go the extra mile. None of these people are only around to take your money, they also do the work to protect our community, and create a warm, welcoming, loving, and celebratory space for us. I’m proud to recommend these people, knowing that any one you choose, means you would be in good hands.
I didn’t just slap these down and hope for the best. All of these vendors have been vetted for inclusivity, representation, and ongoing work to be a great ally!
✨ = a vendor we have personally worked with or hired
🏳️🌈 = a queer-owned business
As You Wish 🏳️🌈
Hey Tay 🏳️🌈
Jordan Taylor Photography (OK based)
Liz Erban Photography (L.A. based and incredible!) ✨
AJ Abelman Photography (Chicago based) 🏳️🌈
Amber Garrett Photography (Vegas Based, but that’s never stopped her!) ✨
seasmtnsco (Vermont based, travels a lot tho!) ✨ 🏳️🌈
tinyhousephoto (FL based but AMAAZINGGG) 🏳️🌈
Kept Record (L.A. based)
Rena Lee Photography (PNW based)
We The Romantics (Texas based) ✨
Mary Bell Photo (Maryland based)
Van Gachnang Photography (Washington State)
Taylor Mountain Films (Wyoming based)
J Smith Events 🏳️🌈
Levity Events ✨ 🏳️🌈
Now naturally, this isn’t a comprehensive list, and I will be adding to it as I find more inclusive vendors. But, it’s a place to start looking, and know that you’ll be safe from discrimination.
If you are an inclusive vendor + welcoming ally and would like your name added to this list, or if you know an inclusive vendor that is not on the list, please, send me an email and let me know!
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Photos of Tori + Chelsie by:
Caitlyn Cloud Photography |
Hannah Bee Photography |
Liz Erban Photography |
We The Romantics |
Tia Nash Photography |
Amber Garrett Photography |
Nina Sheffield Photography |
Hannah Rita Photography |
Jenni Chung Photography