Our motto being ‘inclusivity with style’, we felt that the time was right to call for a same-sex photo-shoot styled at Chapelgarth Estate. As the idea was taking shape, London Pride was all over London, Teresa May declared her endorsement of ‘love is love’ – for once ignoring the DUP – and Ireland was celebrating a major victory on behalf of gay rights.
So what could be more appropriate? Sounds easy does it not? Well, not that easy. I set out identifying a wedding planner who would be able to pull it all together. This was not as straightforward as I had imagined. Indeed the idea was turned down by more than one wedding planner: after some consideration I decided to persevere. I was extremely lucky to find in Pamella Dunn a confident and well-established Yorkshire lass/ International Wedding Planner who was more than happy to take on the challenge. Rounding up a number of resolved and unfazed wedding suppliers, we had the shoot come together – starring a gay couple and their lovely dog, Bitsy.
The atmosphere of the shoot was infectious – there was good will and humour in abundance throughout the day and lots of props and green foliage to create the backdrop and the right atmo. A band of talented and open-minded suppliers was all that was needed – and the amazing photographer Lianne Gray was on hand to capture it all! So here are some of my favourite shots:
It was a real privilege to see everything come together thanks to the commitment of the suppliers – @pamelladunn @liannegrayphoto @graystarlingsdesign @vanessawildflowers @catkinjane @myprettiesuk @wheretheribbonends @extraspecialtouch @akitoavalanche. However we could only breath a sigh of relief once we knew that the photo shoot had been accepted for publication – we had to have the right wedding blogger ready to embrace diversity and inclusivity .. and BOY! Did we find her!
…Thanks a million to Annabel Beeforth at Love My Dress who embraced the challenge… by publishing our styled shoot LMD gained short of 2000 likes! If you are reading this and it has not yet reached round figures give it a Like 😉
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I attended an event recently where someone stood up with a microphone and confidently told their audience “of course, as a bride, you want to feel your very best on your wedding day when seeing your groom…”. It jarred with me, but I wasn’t the only one – one of the ladies standing to my side whispered to the lady next to her “or bride!”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It led to me sharing the following on Twitter and reminded me how important it is that all of us in the wedding industry use inclusive language when dealing with any individual; "Not all brides are marrying grooms. Some are marrying brides. And for that matter, some grooms are marrying grooms. Please be mindful in your choice of language and try not to make assumptions.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is with this experience in mind that I take the greatest of pleasure in sharing this editorial shoot with you today; Two Grooms. We may be called ‘Love My Dress’ but that doesn’t limit anything. Best thing I saw this week on Instagram was actually a groom in a dress (living his BEST life, happy as can be, accepted for who he is and how he wishes to express himself). Love My Dress has embraced diversity and inclusivity for a long time now – our goal is to inspire modern day couples planning a wedding, regardless of their sex, age, skin colour, size, sexual orientation, or anything else 👨❤️👨 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ lovemydress.net/two-grooms ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue @chapelgarth_estate Photographer @liannegrayphoto Planner & Head Stylist @pamelladunn Florist @vanessawildflowers Stylist @myprettiesuk Cake Designer @wheretheribbonends Stationery @graystarlingdesigns Mens Accessories @CatkinJane Embroidered Linen Napkins @extraspecialtouch Personal Details @akitoavalanche