Introducing the First App Specifically for Gay Wedding Planning

One of my favorite things to do is to look at the wedding industry and figure out what's missing, and then fill in some of the blanks.  That's how 14 Stories started, and that's the reason we just created the country's first app specifically to help same-sex couples with their wedding plans.  Check out the screen shot!

You can get this app at the iTunes store and also the Android market but it looks and works better on Apple (for now).  The Droid version still has a few kinks.  I hope you enjoy this app.  It's a free download and hopefully will help you with your wedding plans!  

 The vendor directory on the App comes from my friends at SoYoureEnGAYged.com who have worked so hard to build the largest database of fully-screened and gender neutral wedding vendors in the world.  You can trust the vendors on their list to completely have your back!  And that makes me very proud to partner with them.

Enjoy!

Gay Wedding Confidential at Barnes and Noble

As you may know, my book Gay Wedding Confidential is now available at select Barnes & Noble stores.  They haven't told us which ones but we do know that a bunch of stores in the U.S. will be carrying the book.  We want to sell as many of these as possible and the more we sell, the more Barnes & Noble will order and carry! 

So if you're planning your gay wedding, looking for a planning guide and want our book (which, by the way, is the most fresh and contemporary book about gay weddings available for sale), then please rush out to your local Barnes & Noble and look for it, or have them order it!

Vermont Gay Weddings

Jen and I just returned from a beautiful wintery weekend in Vermont.  I led a workshop for wedding vendors on the nuances of working with same-sex couples and on gay wedding traditions.  We stayed at the adorable Green Mountain Inn in Stowe which, by the way, is a great place for small weddings.

Back in 1999, Vermont was the first state in the U.S. to have some form of statewide domestic partnership protection, when they enacted civil unions - so Vermont is very much a pioneering state in the marriage equality movement.  In 2009, they legalized same-sex marriage.  Vermont vendors are, by and large, experienced with gay weddings and I'm sure you'll have a great experience with most people that you call there.  We love to work in Vermont!

There are some amazing wedding venues in Vermont, if mountains, barns and beautiful rolling hills are your thing.  What's not to love?  If Vermont is your gay wedding destination, it's the perfect place for a leisurely weekend with all of your closest loved ones. We can create a whole weekend celebration designed around your same-sex wedding in Vermont.  Check out some of these beautiful images from Vermont.



Images 3 and 4 courtesy of Closed Circle Photo - the others are unknown.

The Newlywed Game is Casting - and Seeking Same-Sex Couples!

GSN’s HIT SHOW “THE NEWLYWED GAME,” is looking for new contestants, including same-sex newlyweds!

You and your spouse could have the chance to possibly win prizes including a second honeymoon!

If interested, please e-mail CastingNewlyweds@gmail.com with the following information:
  • Full Name of both spouses (must be married less than 2 years)
  • Phone number 
  • E-mail Address 
  • Wedding Date 
  • City/State 
  • Recent photo of you and your spouse 
Once they get your email they'll send you a detailed application.

Dinner Party Style Gay Weddings

A lot of the same-sex weddings we plan are dinner party style - that is, little to no dancing, with a real focus on the food, beverage, conversation and elegant ambiance.  These weddings are so intimate, and while there's always an extraordinary, formal meal, the atmosphere remains so casual and upbeat because the group is small, mostly knows each other and there's no pressure at all.  Everyone can just be themselves and have a good time.  Doesn't that sound great?

With these weddings, the ceremony is typically short and sweet, with  most guests standing around.  The ceremony is important, the most important part, but a formal ceremony doesn't always lend itself to the atmosphere these couples are trying to create.

We created a beautiful wedding just like this on the Cape last September.  The photos will be published in a magazine so we can't give too much away but here's a little teaser...


Photo by Jag Studios

Thompson Island Wedding - Before and After

Here's another series of amazing before and after wedding transformation shots, this time from our wedding on Thompson Island.  Our primary decor elements were LED votive candles (in pillars on the dock, hanging from trees, and hanging from the pavilion), an abundance of flowers, including tons of petals, and of course, those amazing linens and place settings you see in the photos.  Pretty amazing transformation...



Professional photos by Katje Hempel.  Flowers by Spruce Floral. Lighting by Boston Uplights. Rentals by Be Our Guest.

Real Gay Wedding - Boston Public Library

Tim and Mark live in California and when they decided to get married, same-sex marriage was not legal in their home state.  It was important to these grooms to bring their guests and their story to a place where their relationship was equal so they chose to marry in Massachusetts and hired 14 Stories to make it happen.  After a full day of visiting Boston's most unique wedding venues with us, they settled on the Boston Public Library as the perfect place to tell their story.

With the library in mind, together we developed a design theme that revolved around stories and books.  You'll see some of those details in the images below - even the table names were named after book genres (romance, mystery, etc).  We also worked with an illustration of a wolf and a fox, adorably drawn to represent each groom.  You'll see lots of that artwork in the details below, even in the wedding favors (the journals).

The wedding brought together the grooms' nearest and dearest who gathered here in Boston to pay tribute to two amazing gentlemen.  Enjoy the beautiful photos by Kat Hempel.  











Walden Pond Wedding

Shannon and Mandy came all the way from the Bay area to marry at Walden Pond after booking our Destiny Platinum package.  Two teachers, they chose Walden Pond specifically because of their love of Thoreau and other transcendentalist writers of his time. 

Kristin Korpos was the photographer.  Janet married them.  It was a perfect day for these two brides.  



Chatham Gay Wedding

Beautiful photos from last Saturday's mini wedding on Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.  These brides came here from Michigan for a small wedding with 10 guests.  They booked our Destiny Silver package, which was customized for them.  Photos by Doreen Birdsell.





Congrats to the newlyweds Jessica and Nida!

Gay Wedding Confidential Now Available for Purchase



It's been over a year in the making but my first book Gay Wedding Confidential is now available for sale on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  I can't believe it!  I wrote it and published it myself and am so proud to bring my years of experience as America's first gay wedding planner to print!