Over the course of the pandemic, I teamed up with some vendors to create the Wedding and Events Coalition, WECo, within the Mid-America LGBT Chamber.
WECo’s mission is twofold:
1. to create an affirming vendor directory resource for all LGBTQ+ couples and like-minded allies who want their wedding dollars to align with their values.
2. to provide vendors with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training to create a safer space in the wedding and events world.
Marriage equality in all 50 states has only been around since 2015, the fight is far from over. There are (unfortunately) still examples of vendors in the Kansas City market who discriminate against queer couples and refuse service. WEco’s vendors are not just willing to serve all LGBTQIA+ couples, they are enthusiastic about serving clients of all identities.
In the business of love, there is no room for discrimination.
If you’re planning a wedding, check out the WECo Vendor Directory.
Vendors: join WECo here.
WECo Membership options are on page 5.
WECo board members: Adri Guyer – Black Coffee Photo Co., Carolyn Campbell Schwartz – Ultrapom, Joshua Volland-Burns – Wedley Weddings, Jeff Dutzel – Dutzel’s Catering, Morgan Miller – Morgan Miller Photography (retired from weddings)
This styled shoot came together with WEco vendors. The models are real couples and they were compensated for the use of their likeness.
Styled Shoot Vendors:
Venue: 21c Hotel
Photography: Black Coffee Photo Co. & Hey Tay Photo
Planner: Brick + Ivory Events
Rentals & Design: Ultrapom
Florals: Good Earth Floral
Hair & Makeup: Bronzed + Blushed
Cake: Taylor Elizabeth Cake Design
Catering: Dutzel’s Catering
Coffee Cart: The Wild Way Coffee
Stationery: A Day to Adore
Dress: Essense of Australia from True Society by Belle Vogue
Suits: Pearl & Lace Bridal
Jewelry: Justice Jewelers
DJ & Dance Floor: Levity Events
Officiant: Wedley Weddings
Balloon Installation: Pop Culture Sculptures
Cookies: The Heartland Cookie Co.
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