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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The second annual Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo takes place bringing together Capital Region couples ready to take that next step. Brought to Albany by www.rainbowweddingnetwork.com, event attendees had the chance to catch up with more than 40 exhibitors.
Organizers said although it's been over a year since the legalization of same sex marriage in New York State, gay couples still face discrimination from wedding vendors when it comes time to plan the big day. Rainbowweddingnetwork.com said it's their mission to make wedding planning an enjoyable experience for same sex couples.
"Often, couples actually meet us with tears in their eyes. Because they've picked up the phone and they have encountered people hanging up on them, threatening them, or refusing to work with them. So to be able to walk into an event and have them feel like they don't have to translate themselves to these wedding professionals, they can just be themselves and talk about the wedding," said Marianne Puechl, Rainbowweddingnetwork.com co-founder.
Among the vendors on hand were photographers, jewelers, and officiants. Some lucky expo attendees were even able to snag some free giveaways.