This team of vendors conjured the idea of a dream wedding over drinks at a local mixer: something full of dark elegance and mystery, centered around a lovely couple they had in mind. Cillia of Marion Matrimony Events proposed the idea of a Sleepy Hollow Wedding, and everyone was on board! Black wedding dress paired with a floral back tattoo? Oh my Goth YES.
I was interviewed recently for a story in the New York Times about how to find inclusive wedding vendors who align with your values. I hate that the 2023 Supreme Court ruling made this issue something that we need to talk about, but I’m honored to get to speak up on behalf of those of us in the wedding industry willing to take a strong stance around inclusivity.
We think the best way to describe the proceedings is as a three-day wedding festival – vibrant, cheery, and outdoors! They didn’t realize they had a theme until after sharing what they were wearing themselves on the day and someone described it as “Disco Pride” and people seemed to run with that which was great!
“I love how much joy you find in every day experiences, whether it’s snuggling the cats, going for a walk, or singing along with the themes to our favorite TV shows. You’ve reminded me that there’s joy in simply existing, no matter the circumstance.”
Because we were both writers, and because fiction plays such a big role in our lives, we knew from the beginning we wanted stories to be central to the wedding. We aren’t ones for staying up late and absolutely LOVE tea, so a storybook wedding with afternoon tea was the most natural choice in the world!
The Supreme Court ruling is making us rage, but I want to say this: I follow a lot of wedding accounts on social (like, a LOT). Offbeat Wed vendors are often the folks who loudly and proudly advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and other historically marginalized communities. I see it in their portfolios, in their marketing, and in their actions.