Diversity is on display today in Vancouver as it hosts Western Canada’s first LGBT+ wedding show.
Same sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, and with Vancouver on the forefront of that fight, organizer Cristie Rosling says she’s surprised the idea hasn’t been rolled out before.
“Living in Vancouver, I can’t believe that no one has done this yet.”
Rosling, A wedding planner by trade, said “I do” to the idea after hearing from the community about how some wedding fairs and vendors often felt exclusionary.
“I just felt like there was a void for a wedding show that’s like this that caters to the LGBT community. Most of the shows really cater towards heterosexual couples, and we wanted to create a space where everyone felt welcome.”
To that end, she partnered up with local photographer Belle Ancell last year and started planning out Union, an LGBT+ wedding show, with the promise of “showcasing LGBT positive professionals in an inclusive and fabulous environment.”
She says the reaction from the community was overwhelming.
“Everybody has been so supportive. And has really made it known that something like this is really needed and important, so we’re really happy that we decided to do something like this.”
She says based on the early success of this year’s event, they’re hoping to make it an annual occurrence.
Rosling says the show has everything you’d expect from a traditional fair – plus a little more, like men’s clothes tailored to women’s bodies.