Expo showcases welcoming wedding options for LGBT community

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
December 03. 2017 8:59PM
Alli Fox and Angela Case, of Worcester, Mass., sample food at the LGBT Wedding Festival of New England at Stonewall Farm in Keene Sunday. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)

KEENE — As a florist and business owner of Naturally Elegant Designs in Keene, Holly Long wanted to organize a wedding expo that was fun, filled with live music and aimed at creating a gay-friendly event.

Sunday afternoon she brought her idea to fruition with close to 50 vendors showcasing their wedding services including caterers, musicians, photographers and event planners for the LGBT Wedding Festival of New England at Stonewall Farm in Keene.

Long said she wanted to create a welcoming wedding festival for same-sex couples, saying many same-sex couples have expressed their discomfort with traditional wedding expos in the past.

“It’s awkward and nobody should feel awkward and uncomfortable when they are planning for their wedding,” Long said.

Worcester, Mass., couple Alli Fox and Angela Case were thrilled to be at the expo and said it was much more relaxing then the traditional wedding expos they have attended in the past.

“They’re really big. They are really overwhelming and sometimes they are really hard to navigate when you are not a straight couple,” Case said.

One of the vendors, Annie Card of Peterborough recently took ownership of the Hilltop Golf Course in Peterborough and is hoping to create a thriving wedding venue business for the club’s function hall.

“I’m gay … and I just took over the country club on the 31st and previously learned about this and signed up for it right away,” said Card, adding it is the first LGBT wedding festival that she’s ever heard of.

Photographer Lee Germeroth said he loves photographing weddings and capturing in an image of that connection and love a couple has for each other. He lets people know on his website he is open to LGBT weddings, but said he jumped at the chance to show support for the community at the wedding festival.

“I think we can create an event for this whole community that may be neglected at traditional wedding expos and create one that is more specific for what they are looking for,” he said.


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