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Be openly LGBTQ+ inclusive: insights from Dawn and Candyโ€™s garden chic wedding

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After getting engaged on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Dawn and Candy decided to throw the perfect garden chic wedding

Their main goal was “to let love permeate every nook and cranny of every space and heart.”

Their April celebration took place in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The couple ensured the space was filled with trees and other greenery, like grasses and succulents. They also wanted to support women-owned businesses so they hired an all-female team of vendors.

“The day was perfect!” they said. “Guests enjoyed an intentional and organic exchange of vows and promises and then partied the night away!”

Their advice to vendors: “Please add that you are LGBTQIA+ friendly on your website so that we can forego that opening question in the preliminary discussions.”

It’s seems like such a simple addition, but it can make all the difference for LGBTQ+ couples. Remember that for these couples, it can be extremely anxiety-inducing to meet with a vendor and be unsure whether or not they will respect their identities and celebrate their love. It may be obvious to you that you’re accepting, but making it as clear as possible on your website will make LGBTQ+ couples all the more comfortable and excited to reach out. To learn more about how to authentically serve the LGBTQ+ community, enroll in our LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification Course now.

Photographer: Shaw Photography Group | Venue: Noah’s Event Venue (now closed) | Florist: Xpression’s Floral & Event Design | Planner: Emore’ Campbell Events | DJ: DJ Kelly Kelz | Invitation Designer: Cricket Printing | Attire for Partner 1: Custom vest & slacks from Bruce Julian Clothier | Attire for Partner 2: Rose Gold A-line Wedding Gown from David’s Bridal by Designer Oleg Cassini | Videographer: S. Stephens Productions | Caterer: An Affair To Remember | Cake Designer: Sweet It Is | Officiant: Jennifer Nicholaisen of How to Human Better | Bridal Party Makeup Artist: Whitney Elise Beauty

Molly Sprayregen