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Heartfelt Weddings, San Francisco: Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Officiant

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Heartfelt 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:

Kathy and Larry Wilkerson, non-denominational ministers, have performed over 900 weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area over the past 15 years.
Throughout the years, we have whole-heartedly supported the right of same sex couples to marry. We celebrate with you the love which has brought you together and brings meaning to your life!

Whether you prefer a traditional ceremony and vows, or something more contemporary, we honor your wishes to create the wedding ceremony that reflects your individual personalities, your values, and your dreams.

Although located in Marin County, we travel throughout the SF Bay Area to accommodate your wedding location. Whether you are planning a large gathering of family and friends, or a small, intimate ceremony, your San Francisco wedding day is the most special day of your life, and the ceremony is the centerpiece of that day.

Let us help make your ceremony warm, personal, and perfect … for a memory that will last a lifetime!

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in the SF Bay Area

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

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:

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

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Tuscan Pledges, Florence, Italy

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Tuscan Pledges, Florence, Italy

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.

If you find the need to rejoice a change in life, and to share the celebration with others, regardless of gender, religious, secular, or nondenominational background. If you wish to mark rites of passage and express the glory of living, you will discover that, held in Tuscany, your ceremony will mean so much more. Jo and her team will celebrate and help you create personalized ceremonies such as weddings; vow renewals; commitment ceremonies; baby welcomings.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Italy

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: A Wedding By Jeff, Boston, Massachusetts

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Jeffrey M Freeman

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.

I welcome all, as such, I embrace equality and believe that all people regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, age, gender identity, physical abilities or faith contribute to the strength of our community. As a socially responsible representative of our great State, I oppose acts of intolerance, hate or discrimination in all forms. I take this pledge seriously and share it with pride.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Boston

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Reba Boyd Wooden, Greenwood, Indiana

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Reba Boyd Wooden, IndianaPeriodically 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.

Reba Boyd Wooden offers secular marriage and committment ceremonies in Indiana.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Indiana

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Weddings My Way, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Weddings My Way

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.

Congratulations on your engagement! Reverend Nadene would love to help you create a sacred celebration for you and your partner. Whether you prefer a traditional religious ceremony or a denominational, spiritual ceremony, all celebrations are personalized to reflect the qualities of your love.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Alberta

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Weddings by Aretha, Plainfield, New Jersey

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Weddings By Aretha, Plainfield, New Jersey

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.

Gay Friendly Plainfield, New Jersey Wedding Officiant – I’m a registered and ordained nondenominational Wedding Officiant here to serve the LGBT community. I wholeheartedly support marriage equality and I am here to guide you through this life-affirming and exciting time!

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Northern New Jersey

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Common Ground Ceremonies, New York, New York

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Common Ground Ceremonies, New York City

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.

Gay Friendly New York City Wedding Officiant – Congratulations!! I am an Interfaith Minister/Singer/Musician. I have been in the wedding business as a Singer/Pianist for over 10 years.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in New York

USA Poll: Large Group of Marriage Equality Supporters Also Approve of Religious Exemptions

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

titleA new poll from Associated Press-GfK shows that the rise in marriage equality support comes with some caveats.

ABC News reports:

While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll…

About a quarter of those who favor legal same-sex marriage also favor religious exemptions for those who issue marriage licenses, the poll finds, and a third say wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service.

I want someone to ask these people if they would still feel the same if the word “black” was substituted for the word “gay”. If so, although I’d find their position morally repugnant, at least it would be intellectually consistent. If not, the question would point out the lingering homophobia that still haunts our movement.

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