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At Two Bright Lights, we celebrate and encourage diversity amongst our roster of publishers that we have onboard. One of our favorite publications that embodies this same mentality is Equally Wed, the world's leading digital LGBTQ+ wedding website and directory of equality-minded wedding pros! We sat down with Equally Wed's Co-founder and Editorial Director Kirsten Palladino to learn the ins and outs of the publication. Not only has Kirsten been profiled on CNN and in The New York Times, but her work also has appeared in Entrepreneur, ARTNews magazine, Art & Antiques, The Knot, Executive Traveler, the Huffington Post, and more! (We'll pause for applause). As an expert on weddings, especially for LGBTQ+ couples, Palladino is frequently interviewed for quotes, information and trends by media outlets, which is why we are so excited that we has this opportunity to share Kirsten's insight with our readers! Below, read on for all things Equally Wed and learn some of her best submission tips to keep in mind when submitting on Two Bright Lights.
Tell us a little about your publication.
Launched in 2010, Equally Wed is the #1 LGBTQ+ wedding website. We're LGBTQ-owned with equality-minded inclusivity in everything we do. Our editorial focus is to provide inspiration and information to LGBTQ+ couples interested in planning their weddings, engagements, honeymoons and families, as well as a directory of equality-minded wedding pros who our couples can trust are dedicated to treating them with respect and enthusiasm. We also offer a certification program for wedding and event professionals interested in learning how to be more equality-minded, attracting more LGBTQ+ clients and elevating the wedding industry with equality.
How did you get into publishing?
I was an avid writer and reader as a kid, and I always knew I wanted to do this for a living. I've been in the publishing world for 18 years now, and I love it. Storytelling is near to my heart, as is activism. So Equally Wed is a perfect blend of both.
What types of submissions are you looking for? Do you have a particular style?
We're open to a variety of aesthetics (dark and moody, light and airy), but we want the photos to be incredible visual storyboards of the love witnessed and the details that are going to inspire our readers planning their own celebrations.
What is your favorite feature that you sourced through TBL in that last year?
What advice would you give to a new submitter?
We want to be your partner in championing love! To help us do this, we'd love for you to focus on selecting photos that show emotion, even in the detail shots of cake, rings, shoes, invitations. Tell the couple's love story in every shot you take. And we can never emphasize enough that the better the quality of photos you're submitting, the better chance you have of being accepted and published by us.
What are some of your favorite current trends?
Unexpected moments captured are thrilling, dark + moody is ultra romantic, and I could stare at mesmerizing succulents all day long.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Let's all work together to increase LGBTQ+ visibility in the wedding industry! Need help? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we rise.
Keep Up With Kirsten Below!
Publication Instagram: @equallywed