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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fantail Weddings, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Fantail Weddings

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Fantail Weddings is a destination Wedding specialist in Wanaka, New Zealand, offering local knowledge, professional service and the skills to make the wedding planning process fun. We take a huge amount of pride in helping add another layer to your love story together, and we are passionate about doing it with lots of love.

See the Fantail Weddings Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New Zealand

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ludwig Photo & Video, Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Ludwig Photos

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Around 1980 I was just starting my photography career when my cousin, who is gay, ask me to photograph a commitment ceremony. I was raised to be very accepting of people so I happily said yes. I borrowed some camera equipment from the photo studio I worked for so I could get some great images. When the photos came back through the studio I almost lost my job because my boss said I shouldn’t have used his cameras for such an event. It was difficult for me to understand why he was upset.

See the Ludwig Photo & Video Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Ohio

Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island’s Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. We are a full service travel agency with a specialty in destination weddings and honeymoons. We work with gay welcoming resorts and hotels. We are proud members of IGLTA and are 14 Stories certified. We plan and book land vacations and tours and cruises for clients in the USA and Canada to destinations around the world.

See the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Rhode Island

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Tanis J Events, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Tanis J Events, LLC

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Tanis Jackson, owner of Tanis J Events, is a full service Charleston Wedding Planner and Draping Designer who specializes in modern Charleston Destination and Local Weddings for ALL weddings, including same sex weddings. Tanis J Events is an LGBT friendly Charleston Wedding Planner company that supports marriage equality.

See the Tanis J Events, LLC Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in South Carolina

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Dream Maker, Motueka, South Island, New Zealand

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The Dream Maker - New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Planners in Motueka, South Island, New Zealand. Destination specilists we offer the perfect New Zealand location settting that can be built into your own unique package. From the mountain tops to the sea, which will cover everything you will need from landing to leaving.

See the The Dream Maker Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New Zealand

Getting Engaged This Holiday Season? Advice on How to Properly Save Your Date

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Hi there!

The vast majority of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, and it’s a mad chaotic scene around here from January through April with brides and grooms who are researching wedding destinations and trying to grab their first choice wedding dates.  Needing to book ahead two years is a myth — although it’s good for your budget — we can plan a wedding in as few as six weeks if we have the date available and your guests can get organized… AND you can make decisions quickly.  But the point of this blog in today’s Huffington Post is that you need to go about “shopping” for your wedding destination, your wedding planner and your wedding date in a polite, professional manner.  Guerilla-style date-blocking is unacceptable and you’ll get busted.  Oh yes, even competitors talk. 🙂  Click here to learn how to best approach getting the wedding date you want in the best way possible!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy

Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques, is also the star of TLC's "Wedding Island" reality show about planning weddings on a tropical island.

Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques, is also the star of TLC’s “Wedding Island” reality show about planning weddings on a tropical island.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a full-service destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island, seven miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. She is also the star of TLC’s reality wedding show “Wedding Island,” . Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 400 weddings in the Spanish Virgin Islands. Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events. She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004. Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas. She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada. Sandy is also the owner of Weddings in Culebra (wedding planning on Vieques’ little sister island), Flowers in Vieques (a full service floral and décor firm), and Boutique in Vieques (a clothing and home décor shop). Sandy has a regular column on the Huffington Post and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients!  Follow Sandy on Twitter @SandyMalone_ and @WeddingsinVQS and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SandyMaloneWIV.

The BIG Mistake I Made at the First Big Lesbian Wedding I Planned on Vieques

Monday, October 21st, 2013

I have planned several lesbian weddings, but all of them were rather intimate groups, and in each case, only one of the brides was actually decked out in a whole wedding gown and veil ensemble.  The other bride wore a more masculine outfit – pants in every case.  What I didn’t realize was how telling this was about the personalities of my clients, and their feelings about their wedding day.  Simply put – when a girl puts on a wedding gown, lesbian or straight, she wants to be THE princess of the day.  So in the previous lesbian weddings I’ve planned, one bride was THE BRIDE and the other stood a bit in her shadow.  It’s the same with gay weddings for the most part.  In many cases I know which groom is the “bride” months before I meet the in person just based on the requests they make during planning.  But we’re talking about lesbians today…

Okay, seems simple, right?  Regardless of sexual preference, most wedding couples take on the “traditional” bride and groom roles a little bit.  And it usually works out well, except when it didn’t.  I recently planned my first large lesbian wedding and both of the brides wore wedding gowns, and both brides had full bridal parties, and I even had to send in two separate beauty teams to two separate villas while they dressed and got beautiful.  From a wedding planning perspective, it was like doing two weddings at one time.

Both girls wanted pictures taken while they were dressing and both wanted the photographer around while they were being silly with their girlfriends and as a result, the photographer was hopping between villas and feeling like she wasn’t getting all that she wanted of anything.  I felt terrible for her!  I realized my error right then and there – if you have two brides who don’t want to see each other on the wedding day, you NEED TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover the wedding.  Plain and simple.

And it didn’t end with the ceremony – oh no, that was the beginning.  Usually, gay or straight, the guys want to get the pictures over with and get to the bar with their friends as quickly as possible.  But not brides.  If it’s your day to be a princess, you want to feel like one – and have it documented properly.  Meaning, again, you really need two photographers to get complete sets of formal bridal portraits, extensive shots with the separate wedding parties, and lots of special mix and match shots with your families.

Beautiful wedding ceremony for Amy Kjeldahl and Jillian Garcia in August 2013.

Beautiful wedding ceremony for Amy Kjeldahl and Jillian Garcia in August 2013.

The brides were gorgeous and they totally deserved to have all the bells and whistles for their special day – and I believe they got them.  I just wish I’d foreseen the potential conflict of interest using one photographer with two brides.  It wasn’t like the brides had seen it coming either – we never even discussed double photogs.  But I’m the professional wedding planner and I take responsibility – I should have known better.

I don’t think the photographer shortage destroyed the wedding weekend by any stretch – they had a fabulous time, dancing to tunes rocked by their imported DJ Shawna, and thoroughly enjoying the food and beverages they’d so carefully planned.  I haven’t seen the professional shots, but the ones we took were fantastic.   Ironically, although the brides hadn’t seen each other’s dresses before they met at the end of the aisle, they complimented one another beautifully.  But I certainly learned a lesson and next time I’ve got two wedding gowns at one wedding, I’m going to make sure I have two photographers waiting.

Two happy brides with beautiful dresses, hair and flowers!

Two happy brides with beautiful dresses, hair and flowers!

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy

Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a full-service destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island, seven miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.  She is also the star of TLC’s new reality wedding show “Wedding Island,” premiering July 17, 2013 at 10 pm ET/PT.  Sandy and her team (including her husband Bill, a retired SWAT team commander) have planned and executed almost 400 weddings in the Spanish Virgin Islands.  Sandy is a veteran event planner from Washington, DC, with years of experience planning large and small weddings, press conference, and corporate and political events.  She has planned countless events on Vieques Island, beginning with her own wedding back in 2004.  Since that time, her professional staff has executed large and small weddings of all styles, including elopements, vow renewals and fabulously posh events at multi-million dollar waterfront villas.  She has also planned family reunions, destination baby showers, corporate retreats and a variety of other events for clients from all over the United States and Canada.  Sandy is also the owner of Weddings in Culebra (wedding planning on Vieques’ little sister island), Flowers in Vieques (a full service floral and décor firm), and Boutique in Vieques (a clothing and home décor shop).  Sandy has a regular column on the Huffington Post  and has been rated “Five Rainbows” by her happy gay clients!

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Anywhere Anytime Journeys, Chicago

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Anywhere Anytime JourneysPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Honeymoon Travel in Chicago, IL, USA. Anywhere Anytime Journeys is a gay owned and operated business dedicated to providing personal, customized service to our LGBT clients. We specialize in destination weddings and honeymoon packages and will take care of all travel and hotel arrangements for you and your wedding guests for your special day.

See the Anywhere Anytime Journeys Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Illinois

Sad News “Wedding Island” on TLC Won’t Be Getting Second Season – Tomorrow’s Finale Moved to 4 pm

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Hi there readers!

Weddings in Vieques received the sad news that we’re unlikely to be renewed for a second season with TLC, and that they’re moving the show’s finale to 4 pm ET/PT tomorrow.  Everyone on “Wedding Island” is incredibly bummed out about it because we really enjoyed making the show and interacting with our fans. It was fun to put a real gay wedding on television for all the world to see that there’s nothing different about a gay wedding except the grooms or brides sometimes take it more seriously.

Dwayne and Rodney with cameras

Anyway, we wanted to let you know about the time change.  And I guess next week I’ll get back to blogging about gay wedding planning instead of begging you to watch “Wedding Island” on TLC.  Please tune in or set your DVRs so you don’t miss the AWESOME season finale that should have been at 10 pm.

Here’s a quickie teaser of what goes down from a MoB who couldn’t keep a secret. LOL  http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130717/NEWS/307170327

Yes, we really did steal the governor’s helicopter… but we paid for it after the fact and were just glad it was handy when we needed to borrow/steal it.

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As always, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!

Sandy