14 Stories


LGBTQ Wedding Planners. NYC, New England, and destinations

Our Stories

one of our first clients. photo by Michael Manning.

one of our first clients. photo by Michael Manning.


14 Stories is a boutique event planning firm and was the country's first to specialize in producing legal LGBTQ weddings, although we work with all progressive-minded couples. We opened as marriage equality came to Massachusetts in 2004 and we’re ready for adventure anywhere you might have in mind. Our mission is not just to design innovative, distinctive weddings but also create a wedding and travel industry inclusive of all LGBTQ people. 

The number 14 has a powerful legacy in marriage’s civil rights history. The U.S. Constitution’s 14th amendment worked toward establishing nationwide marriage equality and ending the ban on interracial marriage. The historic court case that first brought marriage equality to Massachusetts in 2004 had 14 plaintiffs. We believe that these stories - and your stories - change the world. Our work is to translate these stories into once-in-a-lifetime, one-of-a-kind celebrations.

Our Community

Giving back to our community is one of our core values and we make a donation to charity on each full service client's first anniversary.  

Some of the organizations we've supported include: HRCLambda LegalThe Point Foundation, and the Family Equality Council.

Our Leader, Bernadette Smith

photo by Georgia Grace Gerber

photo by Georgia Grace Gerber

Every day I am grateful for my family and the amazing couples that come into my life through 14 Stories. Being a great wedding planner is just as important to me as being a LGBTQ advocate and educator.

I love connecting with our couples and designing their wedding experiences. We regularly plan over wine or cocktails, laugh a lot and stay in touch after the wedding is over. I want this to be a fun experience for you, and if it’s fun for you, it’ll be fun for your guests.

I wrote a few books on wedding planning and I’ve been featured on the Today Show, CNN, in The New York Times and more and I regularly speak about LGBT weddings around the world.  When I’m not working, I love to travel, cook, play in my garden, make craft cocktails, and have long, leisurely amazing meals! But enough about me - tell me about you!

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