:: Loving Gratitude ::
This one is pretty awesome and we couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of it. MRSter partnered with Hotel Palomar Phoenix to produce a luxury free wedding for a same sex couple… Gwen and Ronda were the lucky winners after they received the highest number of votes for the video of their love story! Over 18,000 total collected votes and they were to be the chosen couple! With the help of many awesome vendors we made this day happen for them!
When MRSter asked me to be the planner for the Wedding Giveaway with Hotel Palomar, I never expected the effect it would have on me but after meeting Gwen and Ronda for the first time (and getting to know each other for 3+ hours over drinks and laughs), I knew this wasn’t going to be just another wedding day.
I remember Gwen and Ronda speaking to how blessed they felt to have won and to get such a gift from not only the vendors who donated their services (list below) but by the people who cared enough to vote for them as well. A plethora of words can be used to describe Gwen and Ronda Bailey’s wedding but one phrase sums them all up perfectly: LOVING GRATITUDE. I can’t recall a single moment in the whole process when everyone involved wasn’t appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of such a special day, myself included.
Even though they were gifted each portion of the day, Gwen and Ronda were still treated like true clients (as they were) by all involved.
Gwen and Ronda lovingly refer to themselves as ‘celesbians’ from all of the attention they have received from the giveaway and they truly had a celesbian wedding for the record books. Hotel Palomar was a flurry of activity all weekend long as the team worked to bring Gwen and Ronda’s modern desert design come to life. As the brides and their wedding party were pampered in a suite with makeup, hair and video interviews, downstairs linens were being thrown and succulents were being placed throughout to tie all of the spaces together.
A picture from the brides’ home served as the color inspiration for the day with shades of Sedona red and forest green that softened Hotel Palomar’s modern edge with some organic flair.
The rooftop Lustre Lounge served as the perfect backdrop for their intimate wedding with 130 family and friends to give their blessing as Gwen and Ronda began their marriage together. Happy tears were shed during their self-written vows and laughs erupted as the group realized the Suns pre-game festivities nearby were blasting “White Wedding.” Coincidence? We think not!
Every so often a wedding will have crashers but when we started catching crashers who not only wanted to join the party but meet the brides they had “been following on Facebook for weeks,” then we knew it was a special night. The ladies even grabbed a picture with a Phoenix Mercury star as they did their romantic photos around downtown Phoenix. Celesbian couple Gwonda’s night was a star-studded affair without even trying.
Normally one of the ultimate rules to a wedding is ‘Don’t stop the party if everyone is dancing’ but I took the liberty of breaking this rule for Gwen and Ronda. Why? Because as I was scanning the room to see how everyone was doing, the TV above the bar caught my eye: the brides were on the 10 o’clock news! During dinner Gwen and Ronda were interviewed by Phoenix Channel 12 News about their experience with this wedding, including the reactions they received when campaigning to win. Gwen responded with, “We spoke with thousands of people nightly. In bars, on the streets, at restaurants, and at work. Not one single person said what we were doing was ‘wrong’ or that they didn’t want to be involved. No one cared about the same sex part or that we are two women getting married. They only cared about the love and about supporting our love.” Love is love, no matter who it is between and the Phoenix wedding market is embracing this with a force that can move mountains.
Loving Gratitude. Celesbians. Modern Desert Design. Love is Love.
Many thanks to the following (all FABuLIST) vendors who came together to support Gwen and Ronda ::
Event Sponsor & Vendor Matching :: MRSter // Oh…that’s us! – A resource for planning the modern union for LGBTA and straight engaged couples.
Photography (Wedding and Engagement Pictures) :: MRSter Approved – MRSter Approved – Mod Wed // High energy and wickedly talented Chadwick and his team of rad photographers.
Officiant :: Family Friend
Cake :: MRSter Approved – Piece of Cake Desserts // As sweet as it takes is as they are!
Paper Products :: MRSter Approved – Posh Invitations // Pretty in print and in person with a heart of gold.
DJ :: MRSter Approved – SKM Entertainment // If you want to dance then they are your choice! Non-stop!!!
Apparel (Gwen’s Dress) :: MRSter Approved – Luv Bridal // Downtown girl with an any girl budget with top-notch experience.
Apparel (Ronda’s Suit) :: MRSter Approved – Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique // Sweetness and deep caring for all their customers.
Hair Styling :: MRSter Approved – The Olive Salon // The beauty beyond words…an artist!
Makeup :: MRSter Approved – Krystal Pro Makeup Artist // She could be painting the Mona Lisa she’s that good!
Event Furnishing (Ceremony Privacy Hedges) :: MRSter Approved – CORT Furniture Rental // Jumped at the opportunity to help!