UPDATE: Many of the featured wedding pros and photographers have requested to have their profiles removed from Wedding Pioneer including 10 or the 12 in the original St Louis location.
Today I learned that the founders of Wedding Pioneer, a self-proclaimed “modish & gutsy” (?) community of non-traditional wedding pros and photographers are openly anti-LGBTQ+…. and guess why? Because Jesus.
It is important to point out that MANY of the wedding professionals and photographers who are listed on Wedding Pioneer had no idea and have since asked to be removed from the website.
In response to being called out for not being inclusive of the LGBTQ+ Community, the website’s founders, The Rowlands, said they love all people and say that they allow photographers and wedding pros to use photos of LGBTQ+ couples on their listings but that they would not feature those couples on the Wedding Pioneer instagram because of this BS right here:
“…it’s far more important to us to obey The Lord than to bow to current culture.”
So they will take your money if you want to be in their directory and post a LGBTQ+ couple on your profile… because legally they can’t do anything about that. And also because they want your $$$$$$$$$… But anywhere they retain editorial control, they ambiguously point to their rights to creative expression and artistic freedom to decide what they publish:
“Because the content of those pages represents our artistic expression, we reserve the right to decide what is posted on those Instagram pages, which includes whether or not photographs from any wedding, including an LGBTQ+ wedding, is posted on those pages.”
This right here is why I am wary any time a business owner openly talks about religion or having a “Christ-centered” business… or upholding “Biblical values” through their business… it is often thinly veiled signalling that they do not welcome the LGBTQ+ community or non-religious folk.
This also serves as a reminder that even the most artsy, hipster, “non-traditional” wedding pros and photographers can still hold regressive and hurtful views.
So this is not to say all the wedding pros who are currently listed on Wedding Pioneer are anti-LGBTQ+, in fact there are probably a few who are totally fine, but the founders have shown their true colors and I would carefully vet the wedding pros as well.
Like they say in the Bible… “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
Yep, I can throw it right back at ’em… most atheists can.