The Supreme Court ruling in June legalizing gay marriage meant that for the first time in our state’s history, gay couples could seal the deal in the eyes of the law. The wedding business is booming as a result, prompting the first-ever Love Won Wedding Show geared to the LGBTQ community looking for progressive vendors from cake makers to photographers.

The event — which will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, at Mercury Ballroom — is presented by Fair Event Vendors Alliance (FEVA), a nonprofit Louisville organization aimed at connecting the LGBTQ community with local wedding and event vendors who believe in fairness and equality.

Poster web jpegAccording to the press release, FEVA believes “the future of the wedding industry is in honoring the traditions of the past, while modernizing events to reflect the dynamic, eclectic, unique couples of today and in doing so, promote inclusivity.”

The more than 60 wedding and event vendors who belong to FEVA are progressive in their ideals and have received educational resources to help prepare them for gay weddings. The show also will feature fashion designer and “Project Runway” contestant Gunnar Deatherage, members of the Fairness Campaign, door prizes and more.

Love Won Wedding Show will run 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. Fourth St. Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for updates.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."