To Do: Workout for Brides (with Cocktails!) in Wissahickon Valley Park

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Wissahickon Valley Park | Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Getting hitched soon? Philly brides are invited to Cardio and Cocktails, a group run and cocktail tasting in Wissahickon Valley Park.

You’ll start the evening off with a run led by always-energetic personal trainer Holly Waters through the Wissahickon trails. Once you’re nice and sweaty, you’ll end your run at Valley Green Inn, where you’ll enjoy a cocktail tasting and a chat with wedding planner Kate Harron. So this event has cardio, cocktails, and weddings—can you think of a better combo?

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Colleen McDermott

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, ally Colleen McDermott, owner and officiant of Marry Me Philadelphia (MMP), a service that happily performs same-sex unions in Philly and beyond. 

Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays

Shoe Envy: The Half-Pump, Half-Bootie Hybrid

Alyse's-ShoesWhen it comes to odd combinations, there have been plenty in the fashion world, especially in footwear. (Do you recall this eye-searing precursor to the ubiquitous wedge sneaker? What about Prada’s Mary Janes with the attached leg?) But when our associate photo director Alyse Moyer waltzed into my office this morning wearing these, the idea of merging a classic, elegant black D’orsay-style pump with a rocker-ish suede ankle boot suddenly seemed like the best pairing in the world. It’s like chaps, but for your ankles. And who doesn’t wish they could rock a pair of chaps?

Find out where she got ‘em here.

J Crew Profiles First Gay Wedding

Benjamin and Ray have become the first gay couple that J Crew has profiled in its online “Wedding Album.” The two men tied the knot recently in an 11th-century chateau in the south of France – both donning their signature J Crew Ludlow tuxes. In the interview, the two say they first met in Hudson River Park on a sunny day in New York City – a meeting “that changed our lives forever.”

The happy couple (courtesy of J Crew)

Click here for more about their wedding.


First Marriage Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

For the first time since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in the summer of 2011, a discrimination lawsuit has been filed against a venue that has denied a same-sex couple the right to tie the knot there.

Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy of Albany, New York were nearly all set to get hitched at the Liberty Ridge Farm when the owners found out that what they were planning was a gay wedding—then the planning came to a halt. Because while it seems like the owners kinda wished them well, they still made it clear that because Melisa and Jennie were gay, they would not allow them to marry there; that they had the right to “market” their business to whomever they saw fit.

But the thing is, while New York law does allow exemptions for some religious institutions to remain uninvolved with same-sex marriage, it does not allow for places “of public accommodation” to make the same refusal. That part of the law has yet to be officially interpreted—but it’s sure about to be, now.

Click here to read the entire story.

Gay Marriage Makes $275 Million for New York

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It was a year ago this July that New York state legalized gay marriage, and in that past year, New York City’s economy alone was flooded with $275 million in revenue thanks to that decision.

Because the thing is, with that many more weddings going on, there are that many more people out and about and opening up their wallets—200,000 more people, it’s estimated. Those people ate, they stayed in hotels, they shopped. And they celebrated their friends’ ability to tie the knot with the government’s blessing.

“You look over the last few months and say the world has not changed dramatically,” Republican State Senator Jim Alesi said. “It still turns around 24 hours a day, but lives have changed for the better, those people that now can be married.” He, along with three other Republicans, voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year, ensuring a win of 33-29 in the senate.

“I received the usual kind of political threats that, you know, We’re gonna kill you politically,” Alesi said. “But there were also a lot of people that were just everyday people that I wouldn’t have expected to come up to me and say they were going to support me, that they believed it was courageous.”

The senator even attended a gay wedding this week.

It’s a pretty happy thing all around.

Click here for more wedding news.


Cake Shop Says No to Gay Couple

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Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig are planning to tie the knot in Provincetown, Mass., this September. But when they tried to order a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, the owner told the couple that he doesn’t bake cakes for gay weddings.

It’s a sentiment that’s also echoed on the bakery’s Yelp page, where other users say they, too, were turned away for being gay. The page is now being used to air complaints about the bakery’s homophobia – making the ratings for Masterpiece plummet.

“Shame on you for discriminating against someone based on their sexual preference,” writes Caroline F. “I will never purchase a cake from you,” adds Reyna S. “Even if you were the last bakery around, I would do without rather than purchase from you.”

The reason the shop’s giving for turning away the gay couple? They don’t make cakes for “illegal” things like commitment ceremonies. But the joke’s on them really since same-sex marriage is 100 percent legal in Massachusetts, where the couple plans to wed.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been refused service at a business because I was gay,” Mullins said in a statement. “I want [the cakeshop] to know that what [they] did hurt us. All we wanted was a cake. We didn’t want [the owner] to put on a rainbow shirt and march in the gay pride parade. This is me standing up for my community’s rights.”

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Philly Tip From Scott Barnes

Scott Barnes is the director of marketing for Stephen Starr Events. Scott has been working both in Philly and New York handling many same-sex marriage events. Recently, he sat down with Uwishunu to talk about one of his favorite destinations in the city.

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Holy Gay Wedding Proposal!

Danny Rose wanted to ask his boyfriend Aaron to marry him. And did he ever – custom dance song, video and all. Wait, is that a marching band?

“After the video I got down on one knee and asked him to make me the happiest person in the world and spend his life with me,” Rose told Towleroad. “He said of course and it was a great moment. But wanted to watch the video again 30 more times. There are a lot of inside jokes and even some wardrobe choices in there designed to experiences in our history.”

It’s catchy. But why does this guy remind us of Will Arnett?

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The Ultimate Proposal

They met 20 years ago. But recently, Nate and Cliff decide to take their relationship to the next stage – literally.

“When you know it’s right, it’s right,” says Nate, who appeared on a recent episode of Yahoo’s Ultimate Proposal with his partner. For these two gay men, the best way to take the plunge was to head straight to the Great White Way. Thinking he was taking a trip to New York City to see the hit Broadway musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Cliff had no idea that what his partner really had planned was a proposal after curtain call.

“For the first half of our relationship, marriage wasn’t even an option,” says Nate, who lives with Cliff in Washington D.C. where same-sex marriage is now legal. “So once states started changing laws, then we knew push was coming to shove. I think what it’s going to do is put more validation on the work we’ve put into this relationship. I’ve got 20 years of proof that this relationship is right.”

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