“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
More and more lately I’m reminded that there still needs to be way more out there in terms of education around the subject of LGBTQ+. I believe myself to be completely inclusive and in support of same sex relationships. I have no problem with two people of whatever gender loving each other and wanting to show that love in public. I admit I may not be totally clued up on all of the titles given to said sexual minorities or how each one would prefer to be called or know, but I am trying. I also hadn’t until recently realised that what written content on my website may or may not say about my opinion on inclusivity. I think that I have corrected some of my wording now so that it is totally clear that I wish to work with, for and along side, any person who is in love regardless of gender, colour, size or even birth place….
I believe in love, I believe everyone has the right to choose who they love and how they wish to live their life, as long as they are not causing harm to anyone else by doing so. Life is far too bloody short to spend it alone, or worrying what other people think about our choices…. because they are OUR choices.
I have total admiration for those of you who are out there making a stand against homophobia and trying to educate people about equality and inclusivity within the wedding industry, and the rest of the world for that matter! I take my hat off to one of my faves doing just that.. Chloe Bond Weddings. It takes courage, bravery and consistency to make a difference. Chloe is the the UK’s first Wedding and Events Planner to cater just for lesbian and queer women, and by all counts is doing a really great job!
“FOR MANY QUEER COUPLES MARRYING THEIR PARTNER IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF THEIR LIVES (COUPLED WITH SEEING THEIR FIRST PRIDE PARADE AND THE DAY THEY CAME OUT).” Chloe
I feel that sometimes I can be quite naive. I think that no one really cares who does what with who nowadays, but I was reminded recently when seeing that hideous and heartbreaking article on Facebook about the lesbian couple who were beat up on a London bus because they refused to kiss for the entertainment of a gang of men, that we still live amongst some bloody vile human beings! I’m not sure educating these people is even an option, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to teach others. I personally have many friends amongst the LGBTQ+ community. My children have teachers who are gay, and as parents we have never made an issue out of same sex relationships nor will we ever.
Love is a right, not a privilege.
Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
Thinking about this reminded me of a gorgeous Elopement that I had the honour of styling last year at the beautiful venue BoHo Cornwall which is known for it’s intimate weddings, picturesque views and wonderful hospitality.
I traveled down to the depths of Cornwall to team up with some awesome creatives and this beautiful couple to create a very natural boho vibe elopement.
Both brides were wearing outfits from our wedding dress concession collection. Zoe was wearing a gorgeous floor length bohemian floaty dress called Etienne from Francis Bridal and Marta wore separates consisting of a Mocha coloured long sleeved lace top from Atypical, one of our in-house designs, paired with a floor length tulle skirt from Rock the Frock Bridal.