If you live in Florida or have been watching the news, you know that Florida made Same Sex Marriage legal on January 6th, 2015! YAY FLORIDA! I am proud to say I have always been a supporter of #Equality! Working in the Event Industry I am connected with vendors and couples from all walks of life, and I'm here to tell you PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. In my opinion, the thing that separates us in society is how we treat each other — not who we are or who we love. It's whether or not we are there for each other as humans. This is what builds character. This is what makes us open to love and new life experiences.
This past November I was asked to participate and sponsor ONE LOVE: a wedding for everyone, presented by Kathy Thomas of Kathy Thomas Photography. Of course, I jumped at the chance! It was a great opportunity to work with some amazing vendors and to connect with vendors I had yet had the pleasure of working with — all while showing my support for the LGBTQ community.
A two-day experience at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the workshop featured Bernadette Smith of the Gay Wedding Institute, as well as a styled shoot and education on same sex weddings, SEO and marketing language. The brain child of Kathy Thomas, ONE LOVE: a wedding for everyone was a huge success, photography from the workshop will be used in the marketing materials of the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and the workshop itself got a mention on the Channel 6 News! (watch here)
I loved working on this project! It was great working with Kathy creating the Branding and Stationery for take away's and the styled location shoots! She is a formidable force in the event industry and her vision oozed sophistication!
"My goal is to help educate my community by fostering an environment that continues education, growth and support, so we can be experts in the wedding community. I am a believer in equality — I created my company in support of love and marriage and couldn't be happier that Florida has legalized it for all couples." — KATHY THOMAS
Job well done! I know she poured her heart and soul into this workshop, and it was evident by the amazing experience she created! Jealous? :) Experience it yourself with this great trailer by Key Moment Films.
Let's not forget Lisa Stoner of E-Events, she designed the styled shoots at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. A beautiful modern classic ballroom set, (complete with the ladies from Our DJ Rocks!) and an elegant outdoor farm experience at Whisper Creek Farm. Thank you Lisa, for always creating amazing environments to showcase my stationery! (I kid, I kid...it's not just about the stationery!) Tipping my hat to Raining Roses and the Chalk Shop as well for creating her amazing vision!
Drink in the beauty of both locations below!
For a full list of participants and sponsors of the workshop, scroll down to the end of this post. You will also find galleries for both locations below! (Photography courtesy of Kathy Thomas Photography)
For more information on our event stationery or brand development visit our site!
The 2u Collection, our Custom Stationery line contributed stationery designs, table numbers, brand design of the workshop as well as contributing a little photo styling of the sets with Lisa!
Photo Galleries by Kathy Thomas Photography
I know that something this wonderful takes the work of many. Below are these amazing vendors! And the good news they are all supporters of #Equality!!
List of participants and sponsors of the workshop
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (and all their partner Marriott's)
Our DJ Rocks (Kristin Hubbard)
Favors & Treats:
Florida Candy Buffets (Farida Wazir)
Planners & Designers:
E Events (Lisa Stoner)
Raining Roses Productions (Jesus Rodriguez)
Stationery & Paperie:
2u Collection (Amy Morelli)
Lifestyle Design, Graphics, Illustration, Branding & Marketing:
2u Creative (Amy Morelli)
Kathy Thomas Photography (Kathy Thomas - Orlando & NYC)
Brandi Image Photography (Brandi Morris St. Pete)
Stephanie Dishman Photography (Stephanie Dishman - Orlando)
Rudy & Marta Photography (Rudy Montilla- Orlando)
Nick Edmundson Imaging (Nick Edmundson - Ohio available for travel)
Emily Millay Photography (Emily Cunningham - Ohio available for travel)
Jordan Weiland Photography (Jordan Weildan - Lakeland)
Banter Booth (photo booth Jason Weildan - Lakeland)
Key Moment Films (Mary Angelini)
Hair and Makeup:
Kristy's Artistry Design Team (Kristy Alonzo)