Special Wedding Issue

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Alexander Kacala
Written by Alexander Kacala

Weddings can be a drag, but who said that’s a bad thing? Our model Athena Dion got in and out of drag to showcase two possible looks for your LGBTQ wedding.

Based in Miami, Athena Dion is also ready to officiate your wedding after receiving her official license in January of 2015. “As a minister, you get the feeling that you are bestowing the greatest gift upon two people when you unite them in marriage,” she told us. “Standing on the other side for this shoot, I realized they have already received that gift from each other and that they are actually the ones bestowing it upon me.”



Novias Bridal
100 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33334

Espana – $2,400

The Novias Bridal family has over 40 years of experience in the fashion and couture industry. Starting in Bogota, Colombia, Novias Bridal became a household name for the custom design of evening gowns and formal wear for the top social and fashion events in the city. By request of their own clientele, they started to design custom made wedding dresses and slowly this became their main focus and purpose.

Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Novias Bridal has been celebrating the love of brides gay and straight from Miami to Palm Beach for over 15 years. Always loyal to quality, elegance and innovation, Novias Bridal has become the “Store of Love”. We had the opportunity to ask the Novias team some questions about this look.

1. Why are brides choosing this type of gown?

Brides are looking for this type of dress because it is a modern, sexy, yet very elegant look that enhances their figure, while at the same time, the lace gives it a romantic, delicate and vintage look, creating the perfect combination of the elements that captures that “look” that all brides have forever envisioned for their dream day.

2. Tell me about the silhouette and neckline of this gown. What is unique about it? 

The silhouette of this wedding gown is mermaid, with a strapless neckline. It is very flattering on almost any body type, specially because of the way it is constructed with high quality materials and bonings to give it support in the bust area and a built in inner corset that enhances the waistline making it smaller, and therefore achieving a beautiful hour-glass figure.

3. What body type is this suitable for?

It is suitable for almost anyone,  and specially flattering on fuller figures and curvy, voluptuous body types.

4. The lace is absolutely gorgeous. Tell me a little about where it is sourced from. 

This dress is made with a beautiful Alencon Lace on Petit Pois Tulle, and it is made in Spain, as are most of the materials that we work with.
5. What are great colors to pair with this concept for 2016?

The neutral colors are definitely in this season. Colors such as blush, champagne, taupe and mocha not only look very elegant, but also compliment perfectly the light champagne color and the delicate lace of the wedding dress.

6. When brides-to-be come to you, what is the first thing they ask? 

Most brides have trouble deciding the type of silhouette that best suits their body type, so I would say that is the first and most important thing the they require from us as bridal consultants, as they start their search for the “perfect” wedding dress.

2605 N. Dixie highway
Wilton Manors, Florida 33334

With highly successful floral companies in Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano, California, Bill and Doug Beckett have brought their award winning florist ways to the heart of Wilton Manors. Along with numerous awards and accolades, Doug is an accredited florist awarded “Florist of the Year” by FTD. Bill was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, USA Today, and NASDAQ. This full spectrum florist loves catering to same-sex couples with an eye on style and sophistication.

73% of lesbians are paying for the wedding entirely themselves.

Female same-sex couples spend more on their weddings than male same-sex couples.

16% of female couples wear matching outfits.

59% of female couples are escorted by a family member.

11% of female couples plan to walk down the aisle together.


IMG_9716Men’s Wearhouse
Multiple locations

The great thing about using Men’s Wearhouse is that if your groomsmen come from all over the country, they have access to a local chain to get outfitted in their matching tux. Men’s Wearhouse offers Black by Vera Wang, her first collection of men’s formalwear fitted to the modern groom. Available for rent or purchase, the formal look is perfect for the pair of grooms really trying to look their black tie best on the very special day.

84% of gay men pay for the wedding entirely themselves.

91% of couples know what one another is wearing in advance.

49% of male couples wear matching outfits.

47% of same sex couples walk down the aisle.

39% of male couples are escorted by a family member.

39% of male couples plan to walk down the aisle together

Data Compiled by the Gay Wedding Institute in conjunction with Community Marketing.