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Bernadette Smith’s life work is to integrate the global wedding industry to be fully inclusive of all couples, including LGBT couples. She is founder and president of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute and the nation’s leading same-sex wedding expert.In 2004, when gay marriage was first legalized in Massachusetts, Bernadette envisioned a wedding production company for engaged same-sex couples looking to navigate a traditional wedding industry. Since 2004, she and her team have produced hundreds of gay and lesbian weddings, working with couples from nearly every U.S. states and around the world. Bernadette’s expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Travel and Leisure and National Public Radio, among others. Bernadette is award-winning author of three books on same-sex weddings and is a featured blogger on The Knot and Huffington Post. She also developed the first gay wedding planning app for iPhone. Bernadette regularly speaks about gay weddings around North America.
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Cicely Rocha Miller

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Cicely Rocha Miller :: Editor :: So, I am Cicely. {Yes, like the island off the coast of Italy, just spelled differently}. I am the owner of Life Design Event Planning and co-founder of Mrster. When I started Life Design, I knew that very soon our country would be changing and wanted intensely to be a part of it. I joined the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and have been a proud member ever since with a goal to connect with like-minded individuals researching the need for same-sex wedding planning services and plainly get my feelers out for the reaction to such a concept. I must tell you, it has taken off, hence our brain child: Mrster. I am so excited to be a part of its ever-growing success and being a part of history in the making.
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Corbin Chamberlin-Randall

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Corbin Chamberlin-Randall is a journalist, father of two and husband. Corbin has contributed to the New York Times, Financial Times, New York Magazine, Elle Magazine and Newsweek with a focus on style and culture.
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Drew Coleman

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Drew Coleman :: Born in Dixon, Illinois and raised all over the midwest, I landed in Phoenix by way of Minneapolis in 1999 to attend ASU. Two things happened during my college years; I met the man of my dreams and I found a true passion for events. The man became my husband in May 2010 and we’re going strong! My event career started at Heidi’s Events and Catering, where I grew over the course of more than ten years before making a move to Life Design Event Planning as an Event Consultant. Having planned a number of modern unions (including my own), I am honored and excited to be a part of MRSter. I am committed to offering advice from both a professional and a very personal perspective.
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Joey Konecek

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I always find it difficult to write a “bio” about myself since I’m not sure how interesting I really am? Never-the-less, I was raised here in Phoenix, went to school for interior design and wound up working in the travel industry for eight years before launching my own business last year. As the Vice President of Gay Days Arizona I manage all the day to day production needs for our events. Working closely with the LGBT community has really brought new meaning to my life and presented me with a really great future. With 2 dogs, an amazing partner, and great friends and family I like to think my life is complete. I am delighted for the opportunity to support MRSter and LGBT community as a whole.
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Melanie Puskar

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Melanie Puskar is an Arizona native and an Arizona State University Alumnus having received her Bachelors in Psychology (2014.) She lives in Glendale with her partner and four children. Melanie spends her time actively volunteering in the Phoenix Metro area LGBTQ community. She is the current Vice Chair of Phoenix Pride Board of Directors. She is also a graduate of the Leading for Change Fellowship and was a participant in the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University. Her other community involvement includes former Chair of HERO (Human and Equal Rights Organizers), former Co-Chair for HRC Arizona Membership and Outreach committee, Intern for Why Marriage Matters Arizona, committee member for Equality Arizona, and Volunteer for Aunt Rita’s.
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Molly Bryant

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Molly is a single girl that loves everything weddings! And, while she isn’t totally sure that she’s the marrying kind, she knows that everyone should legally be able to make that decision all on their own. She is an Associate Event Producer at Life Design Event Planning and has a degree in interior design. She loves all kinds of design, music, and her high-strung dogs! And, she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of MRSter and can’t wait to help ALL couples create the wedding day!
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Nelson Kristoffer Mendoza

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Nelson was raised in southern Virginia and is a first-generation college graduate from Old Dominion University. During his collegiate years, he discovered his interest for understanding cultural dynamics and began his work in intercultural affairs. Upon graduating, he received a B.S. in International and Intercultural Communications. He moved to Phoenix to work for Arizona State University where he found a new passion for business and entrepreneurship. Nelson is an advocate for many social justice issues ranging from LGBT rights to the “Dreamer Movement”. He is dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone including the college-bound youth that he mentors weekly. Recently, Nelson has added empowering Young Professionals and Millenials to his personal and professional strategic plan.
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Renee Kaminski

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Renee Kaminski :: I am the #2 for The R2 Studio, the wedding photography company I co-own with my Partner Robin (she is #1-in her view). Robin & I have grown our business to specialize in same-sex weddings and also couples who are allies. I have 3 beautiful girls and Robin & I have our 1 little man (Austin). Being raised in a religious home, it was definitely an adjustment for my family when I told them about my new love. Since then, I have ignited a huge passion for marriage equality! In fact, I can’t get enough of it!
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Sergio

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Sergio has been a wedding photographer in Tucson, Arizona since 2002. In addition to weddings he also photographs Mitzvahs, family portraits, professional head shots and other special events.His main goal photographically, is to capture images full of personality, emotion and badassedness. Throughout the years he has been invited to participate in workshops and conferences all over the USA and in the countries of Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Bali, Belgium, Brazil and Amsterdam.He was named Fearless Top Ten photographer of 2011 and American Photo Magazine Top Ten wedding photographer of 2012. For the last 10 years he has also won the award for “best wedding photographer in the world” by his mom.
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Shannon and Erika Cárdenas

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Hi, we’re Shannon & Erika Cárdenas. We’ve been in love for over a decade and want other same-sex couples to know their dream wedding is possible! We are hopeless romantics and our relationship is bursting with silliness and laughter.We had our fairy-tale wedding on February, 20th, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona.Erika is working full time for one of the top AZ Dermatologists while pursuing a career in nursing. Shannon works with School-aged children as a prevention specialist for one of the largest behavioral health organizations in Arizona. We both ADORE babies and children and crave a large family bubbling over with giggles, squeals, celebrations and new traditions. Presently, we are trying for our first baby. The process is beautiful, exhilarating and desirous.We hope our story will inspire you.
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Lukas was different from the start. Born a bit jaundiced, he spent a few days in an incubator and attributes this to his longing for warm climates. After spending the first 22 years of his life in South Florida he took a job opportunity on the west coast in San Diego, California where he soon realized his passion for protesting, self awareness and good deed doing. He is an advocate for social change with an artistic perspective. He is currently the Marketing Director for MO's Universe, a gay owned and operated restaurant group in San Diego. His passions include graphic design, photography, silk screening, charitable fundraising and event coordination.