Allusion Photography – Oak Brook, Illinois

Allusion Photography

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Allusion Photography is a fine art wedding photography studio based in Oak Brook, IL. Our images have been described as candid, emotional, magazine/artistic, romantic & airy. We love making real connections with my couples and bringing out their personalities in our portraits. Our photography evokes feelings of genuine love & affection and not some over used pose that is currently popular on Pinterest.

We will create images that tell the story of your wedding day in the best way possible.

Most of our packages include two photographers, an engagement session, plenty of time, High Resolution images, a couture album, online gallery, graphic artist and no travel fees.

Here are a few factors that set Allusion Photography apart from others;

  • We have been named the top wedding photography company in the United States by the very popular wedding inspiration The Knot, and Best In The Midwest from 2008-2017!
  • We only shoot with professional grade Canon and Nikon camera bodies & lenses.
  • Turn around time for your images are generally less than 20 days from the date of your wedding. Every single image you receive will be adjusted individually for color saturation, white balance, and sharpened for printing. Additional retouching will also be performed on an as needed/request basis.
  • We are consistent in our editing & shooting style. Our photography style is clean & timeless with a touch of romance and art. We have a proven track record of outstanding customer service throughout the entire course of our studio’s history with a five star rating.
  • Allusion has been servicing weddings in the Chicago land area as well as destinations for 13 years.

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Alto Vineyards – Alto Pass, Illinois

Alto Vineyards

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Alto Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery – in fact, we’re the oldest, most award-winning winery in Southern Illinois.

We started growing grapes in the early 1980’s and our first vintage sold out in under a week in December of 1988. We were the sixth winery registered in Illinois, and we’ve been growing ever since, with over 20 wines in production and 30 years experience.

Completed in 2013, our new Tasting Room is a beautiful 5,000 square foot facility that can accommodate over 150 people.

Alto’s 9+ acre vineyard is nestled in the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest and is a beautiful backdrop for any event, especially a wedding!

Email us to make your reservation today!

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Shipwright Inn – Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island, Canada

Shipwright Inn

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The Award-Winning 5 Star Shipwright Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located in the historic district of Olde Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, “The Gentle Island”. The gay-friendly Inn has been rated as the “Best Bed and Breakfast on Prince Edward Island” and one of the “Top Ten B and B’s” in Canada by Frommer’s Travel Guides, rated 9.5 out of 10 by guests, and gained a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

The Canadian Register of Historic Places states that “In an area with a great number of beautiful heritage homes, the Shipwright Inn is a fine and well preserved example of the Maritime Vernacular Cottage style and plays an important role in maintaining the heritage ambiance of the streetscape. ”

This elegant Victorian home built in 1865 respects its ship building heritage by emphasizing a nautical theme. The Inn features numerous original period antiques and artwork which pay homage to the building’s association with the Island’s shipbuilding past.

With nine uniquely decorated rooms, all with full private bathrooms and fully air conditioned, the Inn can accommodate up to 25 guests and is open year round. The nine rooms include three executive suites with double ultra-air massage tubs and a self contained apartment with private entry and fully fitted kitchen. The Inn has both the luxury of off street parking as well as beautiful English gardens and decking. In addition to the guest rooms there is a large open dining room, a parlour, games room with a piano and a business centre.

Our accommodation is well appointed but not intimidating and has all the benefits of an hotel and so much more. Quiet and safe. Convenient location, walk to everything in town. Fine dining, shopping, the boardwalk, waterfront, cultural activities and the Confederation Centre of the Arts are all within easy walking distance as are walking and biking trails.

We provide off street parking and are a smoke free home. Given PEI’s small size and its 30 golf courts, you can play a round of golf and still have plenty of time for touring, dining, beaches, Anne of Green Gables attractions, lighthouses, seal watching, Provincial and National Parks, heritage roads, historic villages, antique and craft shopping.

After a “busy” day of golf, swimming or shopping, you may wish to sip a glass of your wine in the quiet atmosphere of the parlour, the rustic games room or under the old oak tree. If you have time to browse, you will discover old books and artifacts related to the sea and be introduced to the unique experience of the Victorian “whimsy”. Experience the enjoyment of staying in Historic Olde Charlottetown whilst being pampered at the Shipwright Inn with warm Island hospitality and attentive service.

Please feel free to contact us at the Shipwright Inn. We will be happy to discuss why you should choose our 5 star bed and breakfast in Charlottetown, PEI as your vacation accommodations. We pride ourselves on providing great service to all of our guests.

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Marriage Equality for Panama?

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Same-sex marriage could be coming to Panama if LGBTI activists win a legal fight with the Supreme Court of Justice.

Álvaro José López Levy is hoping for the Central American country’s highest court to agree to change the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Article 26 of the Family Code currently defines marriage as a ‘voluntary union between man and woman, who come together to make and share a life’. He believes this is unconstitutional.

Panama has no recognition of same-sex couples. In 2008 it became the last Spanish-speaking country in Latin America to abolish historic anti-sodomy laws. Levy’s petition hopes to declare parts of the sentences unconstitutional, the line ‘between man and woman’.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

Party, Tents & Events – Santa Rosa, California

Party, Tents & Events

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Welcome to Santa Rosa’s Party, Tents & Events – a locally-owned and -operated, lesbian managed, family business of over 25 years, here to provide you with the highest level of customer service available.

Let our consultants provide you with our knowledge and undivided attention to get you started with your wedding planning process. We are confident that we can make your event a great success and create memories that will last a lifetime!

We have a unique insight to same sex marriage in the Bay Area, having employees that are both lesbian and bisexual. We are located close to Guerneville, a much desired location for same sex weddings.

We specialize in all areas from lighting, tenting, stages, tables and chairs to all the small items needed for food service.

Give us a call – we’d love to help you with all your wedding supply needs!

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12% Of Americans Identify as LGBTQ


A new poll found that 12% of the US population identifies as LGBTQ in some way.

The Harris poll, commissioned by GLAAD, found that younger people were far more likely to identify as LGBTQ than older people. 20% of millennials (ages 18-34) identified as LGBTQ, whereas only 5% of older people (over 72) identified as LGBTQ in some way.

Most of the difference came from categories outside of gay and lesbian. Millennials are about as likely to identify as gay and lesbian as Generation X (35-51) and Baby Boomers (52-71), but were much more likely than any other age cohort to identify as bisexual, asexual, gender fluid, transgender, and agender.

By Alex Bollinger – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

Pop the Champagne – Los Angeles, California

Pop the Champagne

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Pop the Champagne takes the crazy out of Los Angeles wedding planning. We strive to make the whole experience stress-free and mostly fun!
From full planning services to day-of coordination, we are here to make your day perfect, easy and represent you as a couple!, Pop the Champagne Mission Statement:

  1. Centerpieces, aisle runners, photobooths and the like are fun…but they are not what weddings are all about. What matters is you are getting married and sharing the day with the people you love.
  2. Everyone should be able to get married! I have always been a huge supporter of LGBT weddings and am bursting with joy at the latest California rulings!
  3. Never do a tradition for tradition’s sake – only do what is important to you, or heck, make your own traditions!
  4. You can have an amazing party on any budget and on any time table…let’s make it happen.

Pop the Champagne is all about the fun. Owner and lead event specialist, Allie Shane strives to take the drama and crazy out of the process. Weddings are parties after all!
We can’t wait to get involved with more Southern California gay weddings and look forward to learning more about how we can make your day amazing!

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Honoring the Creator of the Rainbow Flag

Gilbert Baker

The creator of the Pride flag, Gilbert Baker, has died aged 65. Baker, a civil rights activist, army veteran and tailor created the Rainbow Flag 39 years ago. Cleve Jones, also a civil rights activist, shared the news of Baker’s death on Twitter.

He wrote: “My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert Baker gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship.” A rainbow flag was flown at half mast at the City Hall in San Francisco to mark the passing of Baker.

Baker’s cause of death is unknown. He created banners and flags for marches, as well as protests, and created the rainbow banner which was carried by Harvey Milk in San Francisco in the 1970s. This PBS documentary also features Baker talking about the flag design.

By Joseph Patrick McCormick – Full Story at Pink News

Tetherow Golf Club – Bend, Oregon

Tetherow Golf Club - Bend Oregon

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Welcome to the Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon – our staff is experienced in hosting a wide range of special events and corporate functions, and would love to have you plan your wedding day here.

Let us create the perfect wedding day – sophistication, elegance and warmth to match the your personality and style as a couple. From an intimate event to a large celebration of 400 people, our staff would love to customize your day to suit your needs and desires.

We’re just seven minutes from downtown Bend, an ideal destination venue with views of the Cascade peaks, rustic refinement and a warm and relaxing atmosphere that will complement any wedding, from black tie to modern casual.

Give us a call to start planning your own special day together.

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Marriage Equality Coming to Taiwan?

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Taiwan may be the first place in Asia to have marriage equality should the Constitutional Court rule in favor of marriage equality in a case they are hearing today.

AFP reports:

A panel of 14 grand justices will hear a debate over a disputed law that critics say is unconstitutional because it prevents unions between gay couples.

Campaigners for change gathered with rainbow flags outside the court in Taipei, which was heavily guarded on Friday morning.

Two petitions for an interpretation of Taiwan’s Civil Code have been brought by veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and the Taipei city government, which has been receiving a growing number of requests to register gay marriages.

Lawyers for Chi, legal experts and government officials will take part in the court debate, with a ruling expected within two months.

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