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Tasteful Cakes, Los Angeles – Featured Gay Wedding Vendor

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Tasteful Cakes

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When my parents, Theresa and Cornelio Escobedo, and I created Tasteful Cakes, we had many hopes in mind, but all boiled down to one idea: to take care of our family, and friends, in the long term. Our needs, and thus goals, then, are no different now: to live free, to be happy in the lives we create, to be acknowledged and seen for ourselves, and to be loved. As a gay man, I am acutely aware of how eminent these needs are and how difficult it can be to really feel them. We opened with this idea and the journey continues to be dedicated to this effort.

The way that we produce and sell our cakes and pastries follows along the same: our customers are just like us, human beings, working hard to thrive in the same world. We have worked hard to become the name in high-end desserts in Southern California and hope that this adds to the level of value our clients receive in the products.

What has changed as we have grown is that idea of taking care of our own has expanded to include our larger communities. When we first opened the doors, we had a lot of support from our closest connections, we described the feeling as it “takes a village” to raise a bakery! And that is true every single day! It takes a lot of love, support, and hard work to keep a business alive! And this village just keeps getting bigger! Thus we make it our goal to give back as much as we can pay that effort forward and make the world a little sweeter! We have made a special point to focus much of this giving on the LGBT Community, as ours is a community in need of much love and kindness from anyone who can see us as more than just rainbow wallets!

We want to create a world where we don’t settle for tolerance but see celebration of each other! We intend to see that happen one interaction, one wedding, at a time! Your wedding is a very important part of making things better for all of us! Your joy, happiness, commitment, and love are the reason for all of this work! We want your experience of planning your special day to be as wonderful as possible! To that end, we will make sure that you have a great time tasting and creating your wedding cake!

Our promise is amazing looking, however elegant or extravagant, and amazing tasting, regardless the combination of flavors! Everything we do is custom and our goal is offer our clients the best experience and most spectacular product possible, period. We deliver almost anywhere, and for the experience, we are worth the drive to taste and enjoy! Whether you get your cake from Tasteful Cakes, or another source, I sincerely hope that you have a beautiful and exciting time planning and enjoying your very special day!

Eddie Surman, Owner, Tasteful Cakes, Inc.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Los Angeles

Minister Deb Weddings, San Diego – Featured Gay Wedding Officiant

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Minister Deb

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My name is Minister Deb and I have been officiating traditional and LGBT wedding ceremonies for over 12 years.

Before same-sex marriage was legal I officiated ‘commitment ceremonies’ for same sex couples who wanted to participate in a ceremony that had all of the components of a legal marriage. While performing these commitment ceremonies our visibility exploded as gay and lesbians fought for equal rights to legally wed. I lobbied, protested and spoke out for legalizing same-sex weddings for many years. Finally the Supreme Court gave all citizens the right to marry the person they love on June 26, 2015.

Since 2002 I have officiated over 250 weddings and I do this as a service to the LGBT community and to spread ‘loving kindness’ throughout our communities. Love has conquered our enemies and now they are our allies.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in San Diego

Joyful Joinings, Seattle, Washington – Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Joyful Joinings

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CONGRATULATIONS! You popped the big question and your partner said yes. You’ve got so much planned for your big gay wedding day – casual or formal, big or intimate – AND one of the last details left to deal with is finding and selecting a person to marry you! Look no further, Joyful Joinings is gay-friendly and here to guide and serve you!
At Joyful Joinings, we will work with you to create a wedding ceremony as unique as you and your love. We will talk with you about your personal love story, your beliefs and traditions, your shared interests, and your special requests.

In addition, we can offer ideas and suggestions that will give your ceremony that extra loving and unique touch. While we are nondenominational, we invite couples to incorporate their spiritual or cultural traditions into their wedding ceremony, if they wish. It’s your day, your way!

We specialize in gay and lesbian weddings – Your Dream + Our Inspiration = Magical Ceremonies. “Jeri” Costa, Jenny Ward, and Michelle Foust Vertner started the business when gay marriage was legalized last November. Knowing that Washington State law does not require churches, synagogues or mosques to conduct gay marriages, and there are still many institutions that remain intolerant, Joyful Joinings offers an accepting alternative that, while nondenominational, invites couples to incorporate their spiritual or cultural traditions into their wedding ceremony.

They can assure you that your ceremony will not be boring – they are passionate about providing unique, personalized services.

Jeri Costa and Jenny Ward are both credentialed as non-denominational officiates. When you meet them you’ll feel their kindness, generosity, leadership abilities, positive energy and their passion for life. You will be working with one of them on an intimate basis and their priority is to make you feel comfortable with them.

Michelle Foust Vertner’s role is the day-of -ceremony coordinator. Her intention is to handle all the “behind the scenes” elements to bring your wedding day together flawlessly and beautifully.

Costa is also a certified life coach and spiritual counselor and offers custom services as varied as pre-marriage coaching, ceremony and vow writing, and personalized name selection services utilizing numerology.

As a former Senator, she fought for equal rights for LGBT citizens, including your right to marry. Because the partners of Joyful Joinings have a multi-faceted history of social justice work, they have committed to donate 10 percent of Joyful Joinings’ earnings to anti-bullying programs.

Joyful Joinings knows some of you have waited many years to get legally married here in Washington state, and they are honored to be part of your joyous celebration. Whether you live here in Washington State or not, the Pacific Northwest offers a plethora of choices for venues all year long: urban, country, beach, woods, boats, simple or glam, big or small. You may opt for a “destination” wedding or love the intimacy of getting married at your home.

If the two of you are finally planning to tie the knot, we’d love to help you make it the day of your dreams. Give us a call at Joyful Joinings!

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Washington State

Dynamic Designs Jewelry, Seattle, Washington – Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Dynamic Designs Jewelry

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Established in 1984, Dynamic Designs Jewelry is Kirkland’s premier jeweler and a member of Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO). We provide our clients the best quality jewelry at affordable prices with personalized service.

Jeanette Betton, president and award-winning designer, has 30 years’ experience creating unique pieces of jewelry with special attention paid to her client’s lifestyle, personal taste and budget. She can work with your old gold and gemstones, re-purposing your un-worn jewelry into unique treasures. Voted 2009’s “Woman Business Owner of the Year” by Eastside Women in Business, Jeanette is a direct diamond importer and buyer, travelling to Antwerp, Belgium to hand select diamonds for clients direct from the source.

At Dynamic Designs Jewelry, we take special pride at being able to educate consumers about colored gems, diamonds and the contemporary options in metals. We also offer inspection, repair and appraisal services and our long-standing relationships with vendors means that we can typically fill special order requests quickly and affordably with a large variety to choose from.

We are available by appointment at our Kirkland, Washington showroom, giving the customer a personalized experience in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about our services or products, and whether you chose to shop on our website or visit our showroom, we are here to help you with all your jewelry needs.

At Dynamic Designs, our focus is on you! By listening to you, we can offer you a variety options that will result in the perfect jewelry for your special occasion. Our goal is to build a relationship with you and be the one you trust as ‘your personal jeweler’.

We are thrilled to support marriage equality for all couples!

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Washington

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC: Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor

Friday, March 18th, 2016

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC

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Looking for a great wedding venue in Dupont Circle, Washington DC’s gay neighborhood? Come see us at the DoubleTree by Hilton, where you can enjoy warm hospitality in an upscale location.
We’re in the heart of downtown, in the vibrant DuPont Circle area, within easy walking distance of popular attractions, and just 3 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Our DC hotel features nine meeting rooms including an outdoor garden terrace. You can host an elegant reception and/or memorable wedding ceremony in our 6,700 square feet of flexible banquet space.

At The DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC, we understand that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. We’re thrilled that Washington DC now recognizes full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, and would love to work with you on every detail of your wedding day. We also offer discounted rates on wedding room blocks if you want an affordable place for your guests to stay, as well as inclusive packages.

Want something extra-special? Enjoy an outdoor wedding ceremony on our private garden terrace or even a winter ceremony in front of the fireplace in our Stateroom. Your wedding will always be the only event we have at the hotel – you will have our undivided attention.

At Washington DC’s DoubleTree by Hilton, we offer fantastic service, great food and a terrific location for your perfect wedding.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Washington DC

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Vine Hill House, Sebastopol, California

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Vine Hill House

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Guesthouse and event facility in the Russian River Valley Wine Country of Sonoma County. Vine Hill House is the private event site and guest house of O’Connell Vineyards and Apple Orchard Estate located in the Russian River Valley wine region of Sonoma County, California. Situated on a gentle knoll, surrounded by lovely lawns and flower gardens, it overlooks hundreds of acres of world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and heirloom organic apple orchards.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in the SF Bay Area

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Smooth Sailing Celebrations, Weehawken, New Jersey

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Smooth Sailing Celebrations

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We are nautical event planners who help our clients plan their special day aboard our fleet of private luxury yachts. There are 45 boats that sail year-round from NJ, NY, & CT, holding 12 to 1200 guests. Our service is complimentary & we love what we do! Guests dine, dance, celebrate and sightsee while sailing down the Hudson Harbor under the beautiful Manhattan skyline with all the historical landmarks dramatically lit up: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, etc.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Northern New Jersey

Same Love, Better Wedding – Lesbian Owned New York City Wedding Planner

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Same Love, Better Wedding

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Same Love, Better Wedding is NYC’s premiere LGBTQ wedding and event planning company. Run by LGBTQ people for LGBTQ people, SLBW will make your dream wedding a reality. We specialize in gay weddings and events in the NYC area, and in gay destination weddings in Italy. If a romantic Italian destination wedding is what you desire, we can take you to the most stunning corners of Italy, where we already have a team in place to make sure that your wedding is a success. So sit back, relax, and let us do the work! , Same Love, Better Wedding (SLBW) is the quintessential, same sex, luxury wedding planning company. Brought to you by Gioia Grabos and her team of dedicated, passionate global citizens, SLBW will create the gay wedding of your dreams.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New York City

Balance Gift Goods: New York City Gay Wedding Gifts

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Balance Gift Goods

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Balance Gift Goods specializes in exquisite and meaningful products for commemorating life events and wonderful gift giving. Our first products were born to commemorate Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court Decision on 6-26-15 with our Love is Love brand bracelets and keepsake box.

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Hillbrook Inn & Spa – Gay Friendly Wedding Venue, Charlestown, West Virginia

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Hillbrook Inn & Spa

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Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, our historic mansion becomes a focal point for your storybook event. Whether an intimate gathering for a few or a lavish occasion for 150 guests in a beautiful pavilion tent, we give attention to every detail to ensure that your event is all you imagined it could be.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in West Virginia