*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
I have a deep love of people who are willing to look at the way the world works, see something they don’t like, and change it. Making change, and making things happen is really hard, so I adore the people who will just look at a problem, and say, “Whatever. I’m doing this thing.” Leah and Mark photography out of Atlanta are totally two of those people. In fact, this post came about because, when I emailed Mark about suddenly really needing to plan an Atlanta book tour stop, he said, “Give me an hour,” and then, “Ok. I’ll plan it.” I mean who does that? Awesome people, that’s who.
So, in exchange for that enormous favor, I wanted to post about a huge project Leah and Mark are working on. Basically, they wanted to produce a giveaway of a wedding, for a deserving couple. They told me, “We know that there are many people out there who are unable to have a wedding for many varied reasons. Now although we can’t possibly help everyone – we can help someone – and a few months ago we decided that we would give two people in love a full Wedding.” So they partnered with 11Alive, their local NBC affiliate to make it happen. But the thing is, all the other mainstream ON TV wedding giveaways were for straight people only. And Leah and Mark knew that had to change. So, they made it happen. In fact, they said, “We had also approached Georgia’s largest bridal show to be a part of this, except we had to turn them away when they wanted it explicitly stated in the contract that we would not accept same-sex couples from entering. Aw f*ck that.” F*ck that indeed. So, “We went and found our own vendors that wanted to work with us. We didn’t specifically target ‘gay friendly’ businesses because this wedding is more about supporting all marriage. Period. Straight. Gay. Awesome. Whatever. And yes—we know we’re in Georgia and we know the laws about marriage, but we’re doing this anyway. (Heck—only about a month ago could we FINALLY buy alcohol on Sunday in this state.)” So they partnered with Wedding Day Hooray, the indie wedding fair helping to throw the APW Book Tour in Atlanta, along with Equally Wed, the awesome same sex wedding magazine, to make this happen.
So! First, just YES. All of us need to be doing this work every single day, if you ask me. Second of all. What do you need to do to enter? Ok! Details:
- The contest is limited to people living in the Atlanta area because everything happens within the span of three months, so they need you THERE and available.
- Enter at 11Alive, and read all the details there. (Note: This contest is not being run by APW!)
- Read even more about it at LeahandMark.com