Love Wins – DFW Style
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages legal and the DFW wedding community celebrated in the name of equality. Over the years, I have seen our community mourn, celebrate and rally together through good and bad. So, when one of our own came up with an idea, it was no surprise the DFW wedding vendors ran with it. In case you haven’t heard, Love Wins.
A few hours after the Supreme Court decision, Chris of Chris Watson Films, posted on an industry Facebook board, asking if anyone would be interested in helping him with an idea. Dozens of same-sex couples were racing to the courthouse to get married. What if we could do a little more than a 5 minute civil ceremony? Maybe interview the couple, film their Justice of the Peace ceremony and send them a mini video? Would anyone be interested in helping out? Maybe a photographer and an officiant?
I truly think the DFW wedding industry is one of the best in the country. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog. It should have been no surprise when our friends came out of the woodwork. But it was. Within minutes, people were volunteering their services and the whole thing kind of exploded.
In the next hour, Lyncca Harvey and Jenny Johnson had volunteered their services as photographer and officiant. I immediately messaged Chris and suggested The Old Red Museum as a venue. It’s an historic building, it used to be the Dallas courthouse and it’s across the street from the current courthouse. The perfect location! (I also work at Old Red, so I might be a little biased!) Chris agreed and we were off and running.
We spent the next week ironing out details. Everyone was willing to help but not everyone was available. We wanted to move quickly but being in the middle of wedding season, scheduling was an issue. Then almost out of nowhere, quick mini sessions for a few couples somehow morphed into a full-fledged wedding for one couple. Y’all give a warm Texas welcome to Mellissa and Tracey! I have witnessed a lot of weddings. A LOT. And when I tell you these girls love each other …
As soon as I heard their story, I knew they were our couple. They’ve been together 12 years. 12! They met while working at PF Changs and their first date was over pizza and Shark Week. Their plan was to get married and eventually have a big wedding (though they never imagined it would happen in Texas!), but there were other things they wanted to do first. Like finish grad school. And start a non-profit to help adults with developmental disabilities. Yes. This was definitely our couple.
I’m pretty sure Mellissa did not stop smiling the entire day. Even when the Something You Make Up Artistry team was glamming her up! Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out”? Mellissa IS Joy. Seriously. If you haven’t seen it, go! It’s great.
Tracey is a little more serious than Mellissa. But not any less wonderful. I lost count how many times she said “thank you”. And that was just to me. She could not have been more grateful.
When I said the vendors came out of the woodwork, I meant it. Tammy with Sharp Event Design and Lighting did the floral and United Party Rental provided all the linens. Catering by Chef Richard took care of food and drinks, Brittany with The Butterfly Cake Factory made the beautiful cake and Raelynn with Amuse Bake Shop did a gorgeous dessert table (with the yummiest macarons I have ever had!).
If anything describes this picture of Mellissa and Tracey, it’s that “Love Wins”. And it does.
A special thanks to all of the talented vendors who donated their time and services to make this day happen. We couldn’t have done it without them. If you’re wondering who they are and why they were willing to help, please check out this video. Once again, Love wins.
Catering by Chef Richard, Amuse Bake Shop, Butterfly Cake Factory, Sharp Event Design and Lighting, Providence Place Bridal Shop, Something You Make Up Artistry, Party With Pete and United Party Rental, Luminescent Studios