So, I'm pretty sure that the reason sisters exist in the world is to brag about yourself when you don't. Jenny is the first person to tell people that my students love me, that I'm a great mom, or that I survived open heart surgery. So, now it's my time to brag a little about my extremely humble little sister.
|Photo from Katie Jane Photography|
|Katie Jane Photography|
|Katie Jane Photography|
See, Jenny's company is called Cheerleader for Love because she is a huge proponent of love: no matter who loves whom. Many, in fact, most, of Jenny's wedding ceremonies are between same sex couples. But, the beauty of Jenny is that she never once, not ever, has seen it that way. To her, they are just couples. Just people in love who want to get married. She's just a fan of love, and she wants people in love to be happy. That's her simple mission.
Flash forward to her marrying people for over two years. She was let go from her nursery school position and decided it was THE TIME to really launch her company into a full-time life career. She invested money and time into marketing (you can see her at A Practical Wedding and Offbeat Bride), and decided to take a stab at The Knot...they promised their big numbers, their high traffic, their vendor pages...woo hoo. Except it wasn't all woo hoo: their website is incredibly difficult to navigate (I couldn't find her when I went to look for her), and even with their high traffic...she got one inquiry for a wedding. ONE. Now, let's be clear, it isn't for lack of weddings (she's been doing a ton!), but it's a really poorly mapped out design on their site. Anyway, after you pay The Knot a ton of money for ad space which is hard to find, apparently they call you to check in after a few months. Jenny told them that she had only gotten one wedding inquiry from their site, so the woman at The Knot said she would take a look at Jenny's page to check her stats. Well, apparently, it's not only difficult for the common person to find vendors on their site, but their own people--twenty minutes later she pulls up Cheerleader for Love's ad-space page and says,
"Were you aware that the first picture on your page is of lesbians?"
First of all, obviously she's aware--she set up her page.
Secondly: what's the problem with THAT?
Obviously, there's some issue here. Of course she's aware of the photos she chose to show, she did that for a reason--she's open to performing all weddings, regardless of the couple's sexual orientation. Why would having a lesbian couple, or a gay couple, or a straight couple, deter someone else from hiring her as an officiant? What does it matter what sexual orientation of the couple she has in her photos? A wedding ceremony is a ceremony is a ceremony. Just like love is love is love. This just got my blood boiling. Furthermore, she got an email after that conversation asking her to pay another $1000 to advertise with their special "equality" pages for gay/lesbian weddings. Uh, why can't "those weddings" have ad space on the regular, "normal," ad space? Something about this whole situation doesn't sit right with me. That comment shouldn't have been made. Period.
[EDIT: Apparently, the "paying more for the equality page" is the fact that they are promoting their new LGBT wedding magazine, and you can pay for ad space in THAT...I believe. It was sort of confusing. Just wanted to clear that up.]
Jenny is the Cheerleader for Love because she truly believes in love and the power of the wedding ceremony. She does not see the photos of her couples and thinks, "that's a lesbian couple," "that's a gay couple," "that's a straight couple." She sees her couples and thinks, "they are in love, and I am so lucky to be the one to make them married!"
But, it's a new year (almost), so I'm going to let bygones be bygones, and Jenny is not re-upping her ad space with The Knot. We don't back institutions who don't love love. Speaking of the new year, Jenny is now booking up for 2014. She already has a bunch of weddings for January (hello, she's doing one on NYE! Too cool!). In the spirit of love and holidays, take a look at her brand new website, and pass the word on to any
And, now the braggart sister steps off her soap box.