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Why We [still] Love June

June is for celebrating marriage, fathers & PRIDE

We originally posted June is for Celebrating in 2017 – sure feels a life time ago. Not long after the 2015 Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, David and I began to wonder if a business like ours — built on a commitment to not just marriage equality, but basic equal rights and inclusiveness — might within a few years become so commonplace as to be inconsequential. Ahem…turns out, we were wrong.

Pride month is a reminder that our actions matter, and that we have a long way to go.  And while we are grateful for the support so many brands show this one month, discrimination continues year round. And importantly, commercialization of Pride doesn’t automatically create support for the LGBTQ community.  What can you do to lend your support?

  1. Donate to organizations like The Trevor Project or HRC.
  2. Shop at gay-owned businesses like ours, or our Lilly & Taylor ETSY shop, not just in June, but all year long. 
  3. Attend your local Pride Event – celebrate with your friends & your community.    

It’s Pride month!   Happy Pride!

And it’s also David’s and my wedding anniversary month (!)

And it’s Father’s Day! Since our family has two dads, two amazing sons and now, one grandson (!!), we have plenty to celebrate.


Since Taylor Street is all about celebrating, we love June!

There is a common thread to these celebrations, and to all celebrations — and that is the sense of community each promotes.   There is a sense of belonging and acceptance — and love — that is created when you and I take time to honor tradition, our families, our respect for one-another.  And while modern families are increasingly diverse, at their core they remain much the same…

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David and I will continue to share stories of people and their celebrations — of all types —throughout the year.  We do this to support a sense of community, celebrate its members, and strengthen our collective bond.  Because, as Lin -Manuel Miranda said in his amazing 2016 Tony Awards acceptance speech, “Love is love”, nothing here is promised – not one day.

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We also will continue to post profiles of wedding industry professionals who support inclusivity and marriage equality.

Thank you for your support & Happy Pride! Please share with us how you are celebrating Pride, celebrating Father’s Day, celebrating your marriage, or – like us – ALL THREE!

#loveislove #NoH8 #lovewins #LGBTPride #Pride

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Chuck & Marie

September 16th, 2017

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

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Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

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Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

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Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Chuck & Marie |  Cheetah Photography.

Who Proposed To Whom? 
Chuck proposed

How / Where Did You Get Engaged?
San Diego on a gondola

What was your Wedding Date?
September 16th, 2017

Venue? 
Apple Farm & The Monday Club in SLO

Did you have a Coordinator / Planner?
No

Did you have a Theme / Color Scheme in mind or did you wing it?
Grey & Teal with a Bohemian theme

Catering?
The Bear & The Wren

Did you have a special cake made?
Sea Breeze Cupcakes made a beautiful teal drip/marble cake

If Yes, what was your Cake Topper?
Flowers

Photographer? 
Cheetah Photography.

Dj? 
DJ Cheetah

What was your song?
I chose you by Ryann Darling

Florist? 
Harbor Florist

Hair/Makeup?
Twig & Arrow

Any advice for couples planning weddings today?
Hire a Wedding planner

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Ashton and Jordan

Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

September 23rd, 2017

Ashton and Jordan
Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

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Ashton and Jordan | Heather Nguyen Photography

Who Proposed To Whom?
Jordan proposed to me, Ashton 😊

How Did You Get Engaged?
Jordan planned the proposal out weeks in advance. There was a hike that I had wanted to try out for quite some time. It was May 14th, 2016. Jordan planned for a couple close friends to join us on our hike up the Malibu mountains. Once we reached the top with the stunning view of the pacific ocean at our backs, Jordan got down on one knee, and made a me a promise. A promise that he will always love and take care of me, to always put me first, and to always make life an adventure. With these promises, he asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him. I cried, threw the ring on my finger, and jumped into his arms with a resounding yes!

Wedding Date?
September 23, 2017

Venue? 
Portola Inn, Atascadero

Coordinator?
Peggy O’Malley at the Portola Inn, Atascadero

Catering?
Flora & Fauna Fine Foods

Cake?
Sass Catering

Cake Topper?
Wedding Decor – A Shop On Etsy

Photographer?
Heather Nguyen Photography 😊

Dj? 
Kramer Events

Florist?
Sprigs Floral

Hair/Makeup? 
Friends And Bridesmaid

 Anything Else You’d Like To Add?
Our day was absolutely perfect! Everything went according to plan and every single vendor was a delight to work with. It was a stress free day full of love and laughter. 😊

A girl dreams of her wedding day and I can truly say it was the wedding I had always dreamt of. ♥ Thank you Heather for capturing such a beautiful day for us!

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Shannon & Brent

Who proposed to whom? Brent proposed to me.

How did you get engaged? We had been happily living in sin together for two years and we were packing for a January weekend away at our favorite little hotel in Philadelphia. He was acting so oddly, I could see him perspiring a little bit on his face, pacing around our bedroom and I thought, Hmmmmmmmm, something is up. I was in our closet grabbing clothes to pack and I turned around to put them in my bag, and he was standing right behind me. He said, I can’t wait until we get to Philadelphia, I wanted everything to be perfect, but I can’t wait. I’m sorry. He pulled out a little vintage ring holder from his pocket, opened it up… and said, I love you, will you marry me? And of course, I said yes. Standing in our little closet, in our little bedroom, in our little house, it was perfect.

Wedding date? June 10, 2017

Venue? Sombrero Beach, Marathon Key, Florida

Coordinator? Moi

Catering? We had dinner reservations for two after our ceremony at the Butterfly Cafe on Marathon Key.

Cake? No thank you. Key Lime Pie!

Cake Topper? LOTS OF WHIPPED CREAM!

Photographer? Oh we chose a cute, quirky couple that took all of the pictures

DJ? No DJ, we were serenaded by ocean waves, the island wind, seagulls… and some little boy chasing after an eel swimming around in the reef just off to our right.

Florist? Me again! I decided that I would make my own bouquet out of crepe paper flowers.

Hair/Makeup? Me: Thanks to mother nature I had some fresh sunshine on my face, a few loose curls and mascara and done. He: Thanks to poor judgement with head protection and the sun, he was sporting a mean tan line.

Anything else you’d like to say?
A little history of us. We met when we were in 2nd grade. We graduated high school together in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. He driving his 1989 Trans Am and sporting a moustache, that could be mistaken for a dirty lip and I with my acid washed jeans and hair lacquered half way up to Jesus. Yes, my friends, it was 1990. We never dated in high school, he hung out with much cooler people (upperclassmen) than I. He had no time for me, and even hung out with my older brother! Ahhh unrequited love. He reconnected with me in 2010 through the magic of Facebook. I was in the Navy in Virginia Beach and he was living in Pennsylvania, we were both newly divorced. He sent a message to me and I thought Go pound sand buddy, you lost your chance a long time ago. But he wore me down and I decided it wouldn’t hurt to be friendly. Besides, it was more than a little flattering that he was interested in me. But I was busy finding myself again after my divorce and wasn’t interested in any sort of relationship. So, we were just friends for a few years and dated other people. I finally retired from the Navy in 2012 and moved to New York to be near family and to figure out the next chapter of my life, about 3 hours away from Brent in Pennsylvania. We were still friends, communicating through text messages… eventually that turned into phone conversations that started lasting longer and longer each time we talked. We eventually decided that he would come visit me in New York, so he drove up to visit me early in January 2013. He stepped out of his car, thankfully not the 1989 Trans Am, and it was the first time we had seen each other since we had graduated in 1990. We spent the day together driving around the area where I was living, visited with my parents, and we went out to eat – our first date.  When he left the next day, we knew that was it. I knew I had finally met the person who set my soul on fire and made me feel deep comfort all at once, this was the love I had hoped for all my life. And he felt the same way. Yippeeeeeeee! I moved to Pennsylvania the following month to go back to school for Graphic Design and to live happily, in sin, ever after. 🙂