Welcome to Purple Unions

Mark and ScottWelcome to Purple Unions LGBT Wedding Directory

Purple Unions is a labor of love for us. We’re Scott & Mark, a gay couple who met in 1992 and legally married in 2008.

When we started Purple Unions in 2003, we never dreamed marriage equality would come in our lifetimes. Now that it has, we want to help others find welcoming, friendly and supportive wedding vendors to plan your day together.

To find gay friendly wedding vendors, use our site search here (for proximity search, enter a city in the City field, then click the compass and choose a distance):

Or use the pull-down menus to see vendors by state or popular city:


    Derek Chad Photography

    Category: Photo & Video
    Contact Name: Derek
     Address: ---
    Phoenix, Arizona United States
    Do You Identify As: Gay Owned
    Local Area Served: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler
    A fresh, artistic, documentary-style approach to wedding photography with a fine-art twist! I take a modern and informal approach to photography. I like to capture all the special moments and emotions on your big day in a relaxed and artistic way. Contact me for more information!

    All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

    Category: Officiants
    Contact Name: Marian Hale
     Address: 148 Clyde Ave
    Chicago, Illinois 60202, United States
    Do You Identify As: Gay Friendly
    Local Area Served: Chicagoland
    You're looking for something different, a ceremony to reflect your relationship and delight your guests. That's what I do best. My first same sex wedding was in 1998 -- a transcendent experience for everyone present. And I am still deeply moved by this work. My only agenda is to create with you the most beautiful and memorable ceremony possible -- let's meet soon to discuss your big day!

About Purple Unions:

We started our original site, Purple Roofs, in 1998 with a simple concept – build an extensive, updated directory of gay, lesbian, and gay friendly bed and breakfasts.

PurpleRoofs.com is now one of the most popular gay and lesbian travel directories on the web, leading Out Traveler magazine to call us “a superb directory”, and ranking us over Orbitz and Expedia for ease of use and great features.

We started Purple Unions in 2003, just as the marriage equality movement was taking off in the United States. We hoped to one day marry each other, and we wanted to create a gay friendly directory where gay and lesbian couples could plan their own wedding day with the help of supportive wedding vendors of all types.

In November, 2008, we were finally married (for the second time, after the state Supreme Court nixed our 2004 wedding) – and even though it rained throughout the ceremony, it was the perfect day. In fact, our favorite wedding photo was taken under an umbrella in the rain!

If you’re planning get married, congratulations! We wish you a beautiful, memorable day.

–Scott & Mark