For this styled shoot, Brooklyn-based wedding planner, Dionne Gill wanted to create a positive experience and safe space for transgender couples of color, as well as increase visibility for transgender people of color and people in the LGBTQ+ community in the wedding scene.
“We are not only allies, we are inclusive LGBTQ+ wedding planners…I wanted to bring them to the forefront to let everyone know that love knows no color, race, or gender.”
Models, Mermaid and Milan, are the first LGBTQ+ identifying members of the ballroom scene to be featured in a styled shoot, wedding editorial. They are members of the Legendary House of Comme des Garcon, a diverse international network of LGBTQ+ artists and activists of the House and Ballroom community.
“I really want people to take away that we are people too”, said Mermaid, who said she witnessed an outpouring of support in response to America’s racial reckoning of 2020. “This is how I would like to get married in the future.”
See the beautiful details below!
The décor signifies the blossoming into ones Black queer self; a celebration of unity, inclusion, and love.
Event Planner/Designer: Fierce & Fab Events
Venue: Swan Club on the Harbor
Photographer: Tori Del Photography
Videographer: Luxor Wedding Films
Floral design: HTTS Floral Design
Makeup & Hair: Mia Farah Beautique
Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Rings: Adora by Simona
Wedding Gown Designers: Kosibah, Pantora Bridal
Wedding Jumpsuit Designer: Pantora Bridal
Bouquets, cake serve-ware, toasting set, and masks: Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Cake designer: Kakes N Stuff
Wedding Suite and Menus: Shayla Parker Design
Rentals: Glam Party Rentals
Rentals: Evolution Event Rentals
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