Salt Lake City, Utah LGBT+ Styled Wedding Shoot w/Inclusive Vendor List
I planned this shoot to be inclusive of the community and show representation where there is very little in my home state. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah-it is very well known that Utah is a red state with a growing diversity but very little compared to other places. Every time you go to a local bridal magazine or blog here there’s hardly any representation of people of color, much less the LGBTQ+ community. As someone with immense privilege, white, cisgendered, & straight passing I recognized how easy it is to find people who look like me in these blogs but I also recognize the huge disparity there is when couples in the community or couples who are of color come to only find the blonde haired, blue eyed, straight couples represented and no one else. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” kept repeating in my head as I prepared to move back to a place that isn’t always considerate of those in marginalized communities. So I planned this shoot. I reached out to a couple who I thought would be the perfect match and low and behold they said yes!!! I was so ecstatic to work with Ray and Ky as they fit this theme perfectly. After meeting with them for this shoot we became friends and even attended SLC’s 2019 Pride Parade together!
I wanted to do something different for this shoot, something that would truly stand out in every way. I happened to be on Facebook and stumbled upon a post from a friend announcing that they had found out about the Broadway play “Wicked” being formatted into a new movie coming out in 2021! It was fate. After reading that it hit me that for years now, the character Elphaba/Wicked Witch of the West has been rumored to be a metaphor for being queer and coming out. I started to look into it even more and BAM, “Everyone Deserves the Chance to Fly” came into my google search for quotes and I couldn’t have thought of anything better to represent what I want people to know in and out of the community. Everyone deserves the chance to fly, to be heard, to be seen, to be loved. What an amazing message to send!
I am so happy I found some amazing vendors to share with you all for that reason alone. These vendors and myself are all here for this community and we won’t be silent. We will stand up and support those within the community with a loud voice. I’m so proud of my team and so happy to share the results of this shoot with you all.
I support LGBTQ+ people and their rights. I support love. #loveislove
Check this shoot out. It’s beautiful to say the least :)
Photographer + Coordinator: Marina Rey Photo
Florist: Simply Beautiful Blooms
Decor: The Shabby Chic Sisters
Jewelry: Anvil Agate
Dress: Fantasy Bridal
Flag Design: Danelle Cheney Graphic Design
Cakes: Something Frosted Bakery
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Katina
Hair Stylist: Bridal by Caitlin