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Australian Lesbian couple refused Wedding Cake by New Zealand baker

13 July 2018


I was saddened this week to read yet another story of a same sex couple being refused service by a wedding vendor.

This time in New Zealand, a lesbian couple from Australia who began planning their wedding before same sex marriage was legalised in Australia have been denied a wedding cake by their supplier of choice. The baker has cited ‘religious beliefs’ and I have to wonder if they check every customers ‘religious beliefs’ when they are requested to make a cake, and if anyone who doesn’t share the same beliefs is denied service? I can only assume not. The US Supreme court previously sided with a baker in Colorado over a similar incident in 2012 and in New Zealand the Human Rights Act states state it is unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of their sexual orientation, however this gets overruled by the right to freedom of religion and belief. 

I can’t help thinking if you are a wedding vendor, in the wedding business, perhaps you are now in the wrong business if you cannot service the full wedding market?! Either way it is a crying shame this is still happening in this day and age and only highlights the need (where there shouldn’t be one!!) for directories like Rainbow Love Wedding Directory, no one wants to feel judged or be let down whilst planning what’s meant to be the happiest day of their lives.

References:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/105324741/lesbian-couple-shocked-by-kiwi-bakers-refusal-to-make-wedding-cake

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2015/01/17/21916097/


Gay rights are Human rights!!

Brisbane City Celebrants Stunning Wedding Shoot - Two Blushing Brides

13 June 2018

The beautiful brides…

TWO BLUSHING BRIDES

This light filled romantic styled shoot took place on the banks of the Brisbane river with real couple Fiona and Megan playing brides for the day. Created to showcase the contrast of simple pure white daytime styling and warm blush tones for the evening, in celebration of marriage equality in Australia.
Despite being new to being professionally captured, real couple Fiona and Megan shared the most beautiful love filled connection, with plenty of giggles. The girls looked absolutely stunning with professional hair stylist Kaila from Laa Hair Boutique, creating elegant up styles, and make-up artist Helena Donaldson providing a natural soft romantic look. The shoot began with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants guiding the couple through a ceremony, amidst the all-white ceremony set up created by Brisbane Wedding Decorators, with a simple white arbour draped with lengths of fresh orchids and ivory rose heads, perfectly framing the loved-up ladies.
Low boxed white fresh floral arrangements lined the rose petal aisle and the custom laser etched wooden sign by Rustic at Heart created the perfect welcome, and set the tone for a relaxed and enjoyable day.
Simple matching greenery bouquets were created by Flora Organika with a combination of natives and textured botanicals, which looked and smelt divine. The brides looked spectacular in their beautiful Goddess by Nature Chloe and Celeste gowns, with intricate detailing and playful low backs. The elegant custom-made jewellery by Redki completed the look perfectly. Brightly coloured confetti cannons were let off as the gorgeous brides made their way back down the aisle together. Gorgeous Brisbane waterfront venue Medley Café & Restaurant was the perfect spot for the styled reception luncheon, with gorgeous stationary and place names designed by the talented creatives at Rustic at Heart and we adore the Mrs and Mrs Chair signs on the clear ghost chairs!

The shoot progressed with luxurious blush theming with our beautiful brides Fiona and Megan wearing Goddess by Natures Savannah and Lydia gowns with blush fabric and plunging necklines for a modern playful and elegantly sexy look. It’s clear to see these smitten kittens had so much fun being photographed as their amazing connection and love for each other really shines through.
The brides wore vibrant flower crowns created by Flora Organika which were a great alternative to bouquets and matched the 2 beautiful and fragrant floral arrangements positioned diagonally opposite each other on the wooden circular arbour, with loose soft blush draping styled by Brisbane Wedding Decorators, framing the brides in this dreamy setting. Clear ghost chairs for guests create a vibe of understated elegance, naturally drawing the eye towards the happy couple and their ceremony setting. We love the contrast of the soft blush dreamy setting against Brisbane’s soaring Story Bridge in the backdrop at Brisbane’s riverside Captain Burke Park. A truly iconic Brisbane backdrop. As the sun set and the lights of Brisbane city began to glow, the riverside shoot continued with the loved up duo being captured sharing special moments together. Medley Café & Restaurant, an equality friendly wedding venue perched overlooking the Brisbane river was the perfect location for the evening reception setting, with festoon lighting and copper cutlery and charger plates. The creatives at Flora Organika styled the reception table with more vibrant florals and Rustic at Hearts stylish stationary completed the look to perfection.
The custom made wooden Mrs and Mrs Chair signs by Brisbane Wedding Decorators were decorated with peach carnations, the perfect touch to celebrate the newlyweds new titles as Mrs & Mrs.

Thank you to all these amazing equality friendly wedding vendors for creating and sharing this exciting collaboration. 

CREDITS FOR ‘TWO BLUSHING BRIDES…’

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Dresses - Goddess By Nature www.goddessbynature.com

@Goddess By Nature

@goddessbynature

Styling & Décor -  Brisbane Wedding Decorators https://www.brisbaneweddingdecorators.com.au/

@Brisbane Wedding Decorators

@brisbaneweddingdecorators

Celebrant – Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants https://www.brisbanecitycelebrants.com.au

@Brisbane City Celebrants

@brisbanecitycelebrants

Hair&Tanning – Laa Hair Boutique  https://www.facebook.com/TansbyLaa/

@Laa hair boutique

@kaila_biddle

Venue – Medley Café & Restaurant www.medleykp.com.au

@Medley Café& Restaurant

@medleykp

Make up – Helena at Mumma MakeUp https://www.facebook.com/mummamakeupbrisbane/

@Mumma Makeup Brisbane

@mummamakeupbrisbane

Jewellery – Redki - Couture Jewellery www.redki.com.au

@Redki.Jewellery

@redki.jewellery

Stationary – The Rustic at Heart www.therusticatheart.com

@Rustic at Heart

@therusticatheart

Florist – Flora Organika https://www.floraorganika.com.au/

@Flora Organika

@floraorganika

Real Couple Fiona and Megan     Fi & Megan

@fi_nichols and @meganhross

We are thrilled to announce these lovely girls got engaged shortly after the shoot took place and we wish them every happiness for a marriage as beautiful as their wedding will no doubt be.

Johnny and Phil's Love Story

07 May 2018

Good friends of Rainbow Love Weddings’ Jonny and Phil recently got married, and their iconic engagement was seen world-wide!!

Find out why and watch their amazing story here.


9 Wedding Planning Tips every same-sex couple should know!

10 April 2018

Planning your perfect day? See Camille Chatterjee’s article - ‘9 Wedding Planning Tips every same-sex couple should know’ on The Knot for some great advice for your special day. Being our motivation behind the creation of the Rainbow Love Weddings directory - particularly relevant is tip number 7. Be wary of unfriendly vendors.

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