Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

New Weddings Website Aims for Equality

A local wedding photographer has created a business to connect same-sex couples with LGBTQ-friendly vendors.




photo by kathryn Hyslop Photography

 

For LGBTQ couples, planning a wedding can be made more difficult if they come across a vendor who doesn’t want to work with them.

Local photographer Kristy Lumsden decided to do something about that: She took the resources at her disposal from nearly 10 years of shooting weddings to create Same Love Weddings (samelovewed.com), a business linking couples with LGBTQ-friendly weddings vendors.

“I wanted to put this out there to create visibility, but also create normalcy — because equality is important, and our community deserves that just as much as any other,” she says. “They deserve respect and dignity when they [marry].”
 


photo by Custom portraits by charlene

 

She says she hears friends talk of discrimination as they prepare for what should be the happiest day of their lives, whether it’s from parents or relatives who won’t attend the celebration or vendors who won’t work with them.

“To hear that it was happening in Pittsburgh kind of really struck a nerve, probably because it’s just so close to home. But at the same time, it happens all the time,” she says.

She decided to create the site after wedding vendors she works with started coming to her asking, “Who do you know who’s LGBTQ friendly?”

“The site sort of came about unintentionally,” she says. “I said, ‘I’ll just make a list, and we’ll have it handy.’ Then I thought, I should really have their contact info, and samples of their work and a little bit about them.”

Lumsden says she’d like the website to become more of a community or a forum where vendors can discuss topics such as pronoun etiquette on invitations. She has also begun getting inquiries from vendors outside the Pittsburgh region who want to know if she’s considered expanding.

“We’re not there yet, but there is a possibility it’ll get much larger than [the] Pittsburgh area,” she says.
 


photo by Christina Montemurro Photography

 

Lumsden says the ultimate goal is that there won’t be a need for her site.

“I really do hope one day we won’t need this at all anymore, and we won’t have to use the term same-sex marriage — it’ll just be marriage,” she says. “To me, it seems pretty silly this is still a thing people are fighting about in 2017.”

Memberships for Same Love Weddings are $25 per year; Lumsden donates 10 percent of all proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign.

The name Save Love Weddings was inspired by the popular Macklemore song.

“I just went for something simple that would already be known and something that was very specific to the LGBTQ community, so if someone went to that website they would know what it was about,” Lumsden says.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Stop Using Uber and Lyft, Renting a Bike is Better

You'll save money and have an easier time hopping between neighborhoods on a Healthy Ride bicycle.

America’s “Gratest” Celebration of Cheese is Coming to Pittsburgh

Sample cheese of every rind during the American Cheese Society’s annual Festival of Cheese.

The 400-Word Review: Skyscraper

If you want "Die Hard" with half the brains but three times the building, the new Dwayne Johnson flick will do a passing job.

A Pop-Up Bar in Pittsburgh that Serves a Sober Alternative

Empath provides the vibe and social space of a bar, as well as stepped up beverage service ... without the alcohol.

Watch: 12 Questions with WTAE's Sally Wiggin

The WTAE anchor was voted Best Journalist by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine. She answers 12 random questions ranging from her most memorable vacation to who should portray her in a movie.

Tax Credit Brought Mister Rogers Flick to Pittsburgh

The granting of the credit means the majority, if not most of the movie starring Tom Hanks, will indeed be shot in the Pittsburgh area.

Compelling World Cup Worth a Periodic Embrace

The competition is as fierce as the fans are passionate and both can be appreciated without a firm grasp of the details.

Jeff Goldblum Day is Causing a Stir in the ’Burgh

Local venues will be celebrating the native actor Friday with Goldblum-themed merchandise and events.

Willow Restaurant in the North Hills Lands a New Chef

Aaron Allen comes to Willow by way of 2-star Daniel in New York City. Plus, Greta Harmon joins the staff of the Ohio Township hideaway as the restaurant's new bar manager.

Pittsburgh Developer Offers Location for Riverfront Swings

A developer in the South Side may fulfill KDKA anchor Ken Rice’s wish for shaded benches along the city’s riverfronts.

Head to the North Hills for Two Blooming Garden Tours

The Wexford Garden and Pond Tour and the Southern Butler County Garden Club tour both take place this weekend.

I Do, Now Let’s Have Some BBQ

A five-course meal doesn’t fit with every wedding. These laid-back couples opted for casual — and delicious — cuisine perfect for their outdoor and barn receptions.

Expert Opinions on How HQ2 Could Change Pittsburgh

From jobs to housing to technology, six areas which would be impacted if Amazon chose Pittsburgh for its HQ2.

The 400-Word Review: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

The Netflix exclusive Josh Brolin flick is pleasant enough, but light on laughs.

The 400-Word Review: The First Purge

The prequel to the horror series has plenty to say. It's just no good at saying it.