taylor + drew – pepper plantation, south carolina wedding

July 17th, 2014 

summer + brandon – madison club wedding

July 15th, 2014 

katherine + phil – chicago engagement

June 15th, 2014 

zoki + michael – the best place wedding

June 2nd, 2014 

For more of Zoki + Mike’s bright and colorful day, check out their feature on Brides.

venue - the best place at the historic pabst brewery  /  day of coordination - dear rainbeau  /  wedding dress – bride’s friend sarah hamilton  /  shoes - jimmy choo  /  belt –  made by bride’s mother  /  hair + makeup - vIcÍ capilli salons  /  bridesmaids dresses – their own  /  floral design - dear rainbeau  /  groom’s attire - hugo bossoriginal penguin, + tommy hilfiger  /  groom’s shoes - cole haan  /  rings - bvla – body vision los angeles  /  glasses – warby parker  /  catering - saz’s catering + kopp’s frozen custard  /  photo booth - smilebooth coordinated by dear rainbeau  /  invite design – bride’s sister at entropy design lab

weddings for freedom update

May 27th, 2014 

A couple of months ago, we launched an initiative called Weddings for Freedom, which provides the wedding industry a platform to take a stand against human trafficking in the United States.  The premise is for each vendor to donate $1,000/year to a local, anti-human trafficking organization in collaboration with other vendors in one’s community.  All of the money goes directly to the organizations being supported; there are no dues or fees to be a member of Weddings for Freedom.

Thus far, we have 10 chapters set up from coast-to-coast and we’re quickly approaching the deadline of June 2nd, to join for 2014.  If you are a wedding vendor and are interested in making your work be a part of something bigger, you can learn more and sign up at www.weddingsforfreedom.com.

J+M

PS: In case you aren’t aware how prevalent human trafficking is in the United States…

-  THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 300,000 CHILDREN AT RISK OF BEING PROSTITUTED IN THE UNITED STATES AND THERE ARE FEWER THAN 250 BEDS AVAILABLE FOR UNDERAGE VICTIMS

-  THE AVERAGE VICTIM MAY BE FORCED TO “SERVICE” CUSTOMERS UP TO 20-48 TIMES A DAY

-  HUMAN TRAFFICKING GENERATES $9.5 BILLION YEARLY IN THE UNITED STATES

-  ON AVERAGE, IN THE UNITED STATES, GIRLS FIRST BECOME VICTIMS OF PROSTITUTION BETWEEN AGE 12-14; FOR BOYS AND TRANSGENDER YOUTH, THE AVERAGE AGE IS BETWEEN 11-13

-  THE AVERAGE AMERICAN LIVES WITHIN 19 MILES OF DAILY SEX TRAFFICKING

-  A HOMELESS YOUTH IS LIKELY TO BE TARGETED BY A SEX TRAFFICKER WITHIN 48 HOURS OF BEING ON THE STREET

-  AN ESTIMATED 20,000 PEOPLE ARE TRAFFICKED INTO THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR

-  AN ESTIMATED 300,000 AMERICAN YOUTHS ARE AT RISK OF BECOMING VICTIMS OF COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

*stats gathered from the fbi, unicef, the u.n., cnn, the polaris project