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Copper Is The Color

Color Me Copper - Copper Wedding Favors

It seems that these days planning a wedding is a little more than finding a shotgun, a preacher and a witness. I’m kidding of course since I am much too old to be lead to the alter by shotgun… big gay sigh.

Derek and I have been talking about our wedding for over two years now. We were in the throws of it when we were living in Portland in 2013 which turned into starting Taylor Street Favors, moving to California and well, here we are today.

Because this process is so overwhelming – as many of you know – we have asked our friends at The Persephone Papers to help us out. If you do not know of them you will. They are two of the most talented people I know and I am so excited to have them guide us through this process.

Constantine, at The Persephone Papers, has asked me to think about colors, designs and flowers and to keep a folder of ideas. I am suddenly envious of those who, since childhood, kept wedding ideas in a box. Planning involves so many things from location to colors, themes and lighting – for me at 50-ish it’s really about the lighting – ’cause you know it is everything. I drive Derek crazy turning down the lights as he then runs around the house turning them back up. Ah love. The right lighting can make almost anything look perfect (!) but I am wandering off my original topic which was going to be about a color scheme. So where were we?

OK color. In this post I am focusing on Copper, Navy and White. I love these three colors together. You can find ideas all over Pinterest – one of my favorite websites – but, I thought I would show you a little of what we have here at Taylor Street Favors that could be used in your Copper, Navy and White wedding theme.

Getting back to the lighting I was talking about before. Our Copper Gold Luxe Candle Holder; as it states in the details, we are obsessed with these. They are beautiful. They come in three sizes and, if you are not into copper, nine colors. Turn down the lights and light up the table with these; paired with white flowers and white or cream colored china plus navy table accessories, like our Navy Blue Favor Box With Lid wrapped in a white or copper ribbon, makes an elegant table display.

You can also add a little vintage flair by using our Vintage Copper Baroque Frame to display table numbers. And if you’re going rustic or country take a look at our Moscow Mule Copper Mugs.

Copper is the color. From Cake Toppers to Crepe Paper check out our copper navy and white favors. When you have a moment contact us and tell us what color scheme you chose for your wedding. I’d love to write about it.

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Why Marriage Equality Matters


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Ireland’s foremost “gender discombobulist”, Panti, shares her experience of the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people. Panti expresses her thoughts on navigating a world in which the simple act of holding hands can be a political statement in itself.

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King

We want the right to marry for many reasons; the same ones shared by opposite-sex couples: to publicly celebrate our commitment, to provide greater legal protection for each other and our children, and simply because we love each other.

Marriage inequality fosters discrimination in other areas. It sends a message that our relationships are of less value and that we are less capable of love and commitment.

Marriage Equality will improve our lives and the lives of all LGBT Americans by helping to ensure equal treatment and increasing public awareness and support.

“I’m talking about a moral deficit. I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m talking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.”
– Sen. Barack Obama, MLK Day 2008

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Why Our Brand Is Out

Everything you want

One reason David and I started 
Taylor Street Favors was to leverage our experiences as gay men and as an adoptive family to support and encourage those whose lives resonate with ours. Too often, same sex couples still must search out reaffirming and supportive businesses and products, particularly when it comes to new territory like marriage equality and raising children. Negative and judgmental messages are part of our everyday. Most of these slights, taken in isolation, could be ignored, but added together they can become more potent and internalized.

For me, early morning impressions just feel bigger and stick longer. Phasers and filters are not fully functioning. That makes what happens during my 5:45 a.m. spin class a bigger deal. And since moving from Portland, Oregon to the central coast of California, I’ve noticed more than a change in the weather.

The spin instructor’s comment was intended as a joke about this area’s reputation as socially conservative. He was hoping to get a rise from the sleepy early morning crowd.  He did.  What followed his comment were a number of generic gay insult one-liners from a few of the men to my right. I was instantly transported back in time [a l-o-n-g way back] to re-experience as a young adult that vague sense of shame and embarrassment for being who I am — guess one’s chronological age doesn’t mean much when it comes to being the butt of jokes and ridicule. I didn’t notice anything from the women in the room. Either these men were too loud, the room was too dark or — hopefully — the more evolved sex of our species just didn’t think the comments were funny or appropriate. I doubt anyone in the room intended to offend.

This was a great example of a mind-set — homophobia — so baked into our culture that it passes for acceptable banter. Reinforced for me that a business like Taylor Street Favors, with an intentionally inclusive and welcoming message, can make a difference. Being able to shop at a store that intentionally presents the LGBTQ community and modern family celebrations in positive, everyday displays matters. It matters not just to gays and lesbians, but also to our friends, our families, our children. It matters to our future.

What happened next got me up and over. The woman on my left caught my eye and let me know with just the slightest roll-of-her-eye all was well and she was glad I was spinning next to her. I returned to the moment. We had our imaginary riders to chase down in front of us and the instructor was already telling us to stomp on those pedals and dig-deep.

You can guess the group I imagined in front of me as I passed without looking back.

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Yes! It Is Our First Blog Post!

screen-shot-2015-04-03-at-6.55.06-pm.pngWelcome to our blog!
We have been working hard over the last month to bring an easier experience to your phone and help you find what you need faster. It’s a big job planning a wedding, baby shower or a birthday party. To help you we need some help from you. Tell us what you are looking for. Tell us what would make a fantastic wedding favor. Tell us what theme you want your baby shower, gotcha day or adoption event. Tell us how you need to celebrate your child’s next birthday. 

Of course we have a few ideas. And we certainly want you to shop at our store but, what we really want to do is provide you with the best customer service we can. With that comes listening and sharing. We want to share with you what we find. You may like some of it or you may not and that’s OK. Tell us what it is you do want and we’ll see what we can do to help you find it.

Do you need favors boxes, candles or labels? Everyone wants their party to be THE party. Every kid wants to have the most awesome-est day. All Grooms and Brides want to have the BEST-DAY-EVER.  How can we help you make that happen? We have beautiful favor bags and favor boxes to compliment your event and delight your guests. We want you to have the BEST-DAY-EVER too! 

Have you seen our candle holders?
We have gold glam to beautiful colored glass. Each would sprinkle the light just right across any room. Perfect for a romantic night – illuminating a dinner for two or a party of a close friends. We have votives that will enhance the mood and brighten the night.

Label it! Want to make it more persona? Look through our labels – we are adding more every day. Personalize a tag or two. A monogram adds an elegant touch and a personalized label brings thoughtfulness to the celebration.

It’s your event – go crazy and make it your own quirky style. From traditional to outrageous we want to help you make that happen.

David & Derek.