We have taken this last week to listen, learn, and develop plans and initiatives to grow as a company and as individuals. As a brand coming into this industry, we recognized how whitewashed it is. It has always been a goal of ours to be inclusive and feature a diverse range of couples and vendors. However, we realize that we need to do better, both as a company and as an industry. We are committed to continuing our education on #blacklivesmatter and systemic racism, not only in policing, but across the justice system, and beyond. We are also shifting our operations for the following:
1. Actively seeking out POC vendors and submissions to feature on our website and social media
2. Reaching out to POC brides and grooms to learn about their specific needs and areas of concern within the industry and planning process, and ideas to help improve, not only our own little corner, but the industry at large
3. Joining the #UnityThroughCommunity initiative in an effort to further inclusion of underrepresented communities
4. Staying aware of current events and being involved in whatever capacity possible to work towards equity, equality, and freedom for disproportionately targeted minority communities
Racism is not acceptable. Systemic injustice is not acceptable. The disproportionate threat to black bodies is not acceptable. We will continue to fight for justice, sign petitions, and donate to the cause. We will continue to listen, learn, and lend our voice for change, both within the wedding industry and globally. We will always be open to insight and inspiration to help us aid minority communities of all kinds find a voice and platform in the wedding industry.
Because, above all else, weddings are about love.
There are many great lists of resources available for those looking to further educate themselves on being a better white ally. These are a few of our favorites and we hope you will take a few moments to check them out as well!