Acceptable in the 80s…

The 80s isn’t a wedding theme we see a lot of. I guess¬†because¬†many of us have scars from the highly¬†flammable,¬†putrid¬†peach bridesmaids dresses we were forced to wear throughout our childhoods… however a modern update is in order IMHO!¬†Which is why I loved this shoot, submitted by wedding photographer Michelle¬†McGreevy-Squier. Not only do the team take iconic 80s motifs and run with it, but they use same-sex couples as the stars.

Stylist & florist David Garcia of Statue of Design was the driving force behind the shoot and the one who came up with the¬†initial¬†concept, “The¬†idea is based on the concept of equality. So much of the wedding industry is focused and targeted to straight couples. But I want my current clients, and my potential ones, to know that I am a floral designer for everyone. There is a huge market for GLBTQI couples, but we aren‚Äôt reaching them. I want to change that.”

“My partner and I recently got engaged, and although we know that our marriage will not be ‘legally’ recognized, it doesn‚Äôt discourage us from planning and having the wedding we have always dreamed of. I know there are many couples like us. There are other same-sex couples who want a wedding, but are afraid of being denied services, or rejected by venue spaces or wedding planners, or by florists. I want those couples to know that they¬†shouldn’t¬†have that fear with me. And my next ad campaign will reflect that too.”

“I have always wanted to do an 80s inspired styled photo shoot using same-sex couples. Every detail from the ‘pink flamingos’ inspired centerpieces, the rubix cube and view finder take away gift, the cassette tape cookies and desserts, and a rockstar bridal bouquet were designed to captivate a demographic that is very rarely used to define a genre. The 80s were an indulgent time and given today‚Äôs climate, especially surrounding gay marriage rights, it seems like the perfect parallel. My concept would embrace that indulgence and by using same-sex couples I wanted to celebrate good times and a life full of love. The 80s represents a time when things were changing, and I want to bring that back!”

Thank you to Michelle, David and the whole team for sharing this shoot with us today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: McGreevy-Squier Photography
Styling, Flowers & Cakes: Statue of Design
Other Styling: Country Sugar
Lighting: Event Ignition
Linens & Furniture: Luxe Rentals & Decor
Hair/makeup: April Quintenilla at Moxie Salon

11 comments

  1. Gem

    So nice to see a same sex friendly photoshoot! I love reading wedding stuff as I’m so excited about our big day but it would be lovely to see some more representation of same sex couples. In 6 months of reading wedding magazines I haven’t seen a single same sex wedding! We’ve had 7 years of civil partnerships in the UK – surely there must be some lovely photos out there?!
    Love those pac man cookies and the flamingos!

  2. Post author

    Hey Gem! If you use the search box under the big ad at the too of the page and search ‘same sex’ you’ll find all the other amazing same sex weddings and shoots that I’ve featured!

  3. Thank you all for the compliments! And thank you Kat for seeing something special in our storytelling!

    Amelia, those roses are actually a cream rose called vendella.

    Jo, we travel :)

  4. Thanks everyone! We had a ton if fun shooting this…night club lighting, PAC man cookies, rubik’s cubes in the bouquet, and a flamingo chandelier…..what more could you ask for!

  5. Amazing shoot! Love the conceot, love the 80′s and as a bonus it has taken me for a trip down memory lane :-) Great job guys xx

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