This was a fantastic and successful year for 14 Stories and for marriage equality – thank you for all of your support and belief in what we do! We absolutely adore our clients and believe more than ever in the power of their stories to change the world. So without further ado, here are 14 highlights from 2011, in no particular order:
1. We worked with 34 couples from 21 different states, producing beautiful weddings as small as zero guests to as many as 250. Congratulations to you all! We are grateful for your business and thrilled to have you as part of our 14 Stories family.
2. I traveled around the world to train wedding professionals all about gay weddings. I spoke to enthusiastic groups in Baltimore, Cancun, Phoenix, Vermont and Chicago! This is part of our mission to promote marriage equality and reduce homophobia in the wedding industry.
3. Along with that, this spring we launched the world’s first Gay Wedding Institute certificate course for those in the wedding industry looking to be more inclusive of same-sex couples and sensitive to their wedding planning needs. This intensive course (with homework!) was launched as a webinar and held 3 times in 2011 with great feedback and participants from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
4. We launched the country's first app for gay wedding planning. Our Gay Wedding Confidential app is available for a free download from iTunes and Android (but works better on iTunes!)
5. Marriage equality came to my home state of New York on June 24 and we were there, on Pride, that weekend to celebrate! Being a part of Pride the weekend of marriage equality was pretty incredible.
6. Civil unions became legal in Illinois, Rhode Island and as of next week, in Delaware and Hawaii. Same-sex couples in those states can now have statewide protections for their families.
7. The press we received in 2011 was pretty amazing! We were featured on the Today show, on BBC, on NY1, NPR (twice) and in countless print publications including this amazing article on the front page of the L.A. Times.
8. We signed a contract with a prolific and prestigious production company to develop and produce a gay wedding planning reality TV show….let us know if you want to be on TV!
9. We hired another wedding planner! Andrew is the first person on our team to plan weddings (besides me) and is fabulous, charming and talented. You can read more about Andrew on our About Us page.
11. I went to the Engage! wedding industry summit twice (once in San Diego and the other in the Cayman Islands) and connected with my peers from the wedding industry from around the world.
12. We opened our New York office in July and moved our family to New York in September. New Yorkers have welcomed us with open arms and things are going very well here!
13. One of our weddings appeared in the nationally distributed Destination Weddings magazine. Check out Deb and Michelle's story here!
14. Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed. How amazing to see this discriminatory law go away and have our LGBT brothers and sisters be able to serve openly (and get married in uniform)! What a huge moment in our civil rights history.
I hope that the new year brings you and your family great happiness and success - and cheers to the hope of more marriage equality!
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