Thanks Mother Nature! How to Handle Winter Wedding Disasters

Winter_Stylized_Shoot_Eldie_Photography-100If #SnowStormJonas gave us anything positive, it was a reality check that winter weddings can be risky. But with big risk comes big reward, right? 

Winter weddings warm our hearts, but when a blizzard trots into town on the weekend of your ceremony, there’s not much you can do about it. But that isn’t to say you can’t do anything to be prepared.

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The Bachelor Season 20, Episode 5 Recap: Viva México

the-bachelor-mexicoWelcome to February, also known as the month of ~ true love ~… and the month where, I assume, most breakups spike right before Valentine’s Day. Natch, this season of The Bachelor is starting to ramp up the crazy (what, you thought we hit our ceiling before?). Tonight, the gang goes to Mexico and things truly get escándalo. If you were too busy being politically-minded, I salute you, because I spent my entire night laser-focused on Ben… although, let’s be real, the Iowa caucuses are probably going to end up just as dramatic as the adventures of Ben Higgins. Let’s recap!

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Jeff and Rem’s Ultimate New York City Honeymoon

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For self-proclaimed Broadway nerds Jeff and Rem, there’s no place in the world that could top New York City. The newlyweds traveled to the Big Apple just days after their wedding and began an adventure that was packed with all of the New York must-sees: museums, the Empire State Building, dinners and Broadway shows (natch).

Not to mention, their fall wedding date had them visiting during one of the most perfect times of year and they took advantage of the autumn colors in Central Park with Flytographer capturing some oh-so-sweet photos. (more…)

Halls of Ivy Heads to the West Coast

We’re taking Halls of Ivy on the road again … next stop, California!

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Kate of H&H Weddings and myself are so excited to take our equality-minded wedding education course west … we’ve both featured so many great creatives from California and we’re looking forward to meeting you all face-to-face!

We’ve teamed up with Kari of Feathered Arrow Events to host the Los Angeles Edition workshop at Voila! World … seriously, this West Hollywood space might be the coolest venue I’ve ever seen (and it doubles as an interior design studio and art gallery!). We’ll be hosting a morning (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and afternoon session (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and we’re currently running an Early Bird Promotion with a limited number of tickets so snag that discount while you can. You can purchase your tickets here.

After SoCal, we’ll be heading up the coast to San Francisco where we’ve partnered with Chanda of A Monique Affair to host two more sessions. Chanda has planned a TON of same-sex weddings so she’ll also be sharing experiences that she’s run into as a planner. Our friends at Honeybook were kind enough to welcome us into their creative + event space a.k.a. The Hive where we’ll have a morning event from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and an early evening event from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. We’re also running an Early Bird discount so sign up asap! You can purchase your tickets here.

We have also excitedly joined forces with Julia of Vessel Brooklyn, who specializes in curating gorgeous gift sets (you can see here for proof of when I first became obsessed with her). She’ll be working with local California vendors (plus some from our hometown of NYC) in putting together a swag bag that we guarantee you’ll love (not a single throwaway item in sight!).

We are counting down the days for some great networking with wedding pros and sharing our equality expertise with you all. Want to learn more about Halls of Ivy? Check us out at hallsofivyworkshop.com for all the deets.

brittny-drye-love-incBrittny Drye is the founder and editor-in-chief of Love Inc. magazine. A fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, she launched loveincmag.com in 2013 as a way to to celebrate both straight and same-sex love, equally. She lives in New York City with her husband and their cat, Scout.

5 Tricks to Confirm Whether or Not a Wedding Vendor Is LGBT-Friendly

how-to-find-out-if-a-wedding-vendor-is-lgbt-friendlyYou’d be surprised how many stories I’ve heard from soonlyweds who have fallen in love with a vendor’s work only to be refused service because they’re a same-sex couple. It breaks my heart and one of the many reasons why I was driven to start Love Inc. (Yes, this even happens in progressive cities such as New York and San Francisco.)

And with so many opposite-sex couples being cheerleaders for equality, that equality-mindedness extends to their vendor searches, too. But when hunting for the perfect wedding pro to take your floral design ideas to the next level or help create the perfect event timeline, how can you make sure they are eager to work with all couples? Well, there are ways you can sneakily gauge a vendor’s LGBTQ-friendly status to hopefully allow you to surpass that awkward conversation and, potentially, traumatizing rejection. (more…)

An Ivy-Covered Natural Style Inspiration Shoot

ivy-themed-wedding-styled-shoot-krystal-kast-photographers-1Inspired by the marriage equality ruling last summer, Cheryl-Anne Kast from Kast Events in North Carolina wanted to create a styled shoot with a natural laidback vibe starring real-life engaged couple Chad and Al. “What an incredible year 2015 has been for equality and love!” she exclaims. “I left totally inspired and excited to be apart of such an amazing milestone in U.S. history.” She teamed up with Bowerbird Flowers and Krystal Kast Photographers to set the scene with Sugar Euphoria providing the dusted naked cake, stationery from Ply and decor from Southern Vintage.

A wooden farm table was topped with lush greenery and touches of gold and paired with ghost chairs, allowing it to feel both cozy and modern and creating the “natural” aesthetic that we’re starting to see rise in popularity amongst couples. (more…)

The Bachelor Season 20, Episode 4 Recap: Stop Referring to Ben as Your Husband

the-bachelor-ben-vegasDear readers, we are approximately one month into season 20 of The Bachelor- – this is week 4. Furthermore … we are in season 20 of The Bachelor. Can we let that sink in for a second? We’ve been watching twenty guys do this for about 14 years (yes, I Googled it). I have no complaints. Tonight’s episode ran the gamut from funny to disturbing to downright awful … and it was beautiful. If you, like me, were a bottle of wine deep while watching, then I’m sure we share the same feelings about the two hours of television we just mindlessly consumed. Let’s recap!

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