The 80s isn’t a wedding theme we see a lot of. I guessÂ becauseÂ many of us have scars from the highlyÂ flammable,Â putridÂ peach bridesmaids dresses we were forced to wear throughout our childhoods… however a modern update is in order IMHO!Â Which is why I loved this shoot, submitted by wedding photographer MichelleÂ 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 theÂ initialÂ concept, “TheÂ 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 arenâ€™t 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 doesnâ€™t 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 theyÂ shouldn’tÂ 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 todayâ€™s 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, DavidÂ and the whole team for sharing this shoot with us today.
Photography Credit:Â 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