Australian Lesbian Couple Forced to Marry Overseas After Cancer Diagnosis

Author: , January 8th, 2017
Lynn MacLaren and Sarah Holt-Foreman

Photo by Woody Fridae

Lynn MacLaren and Sarah Holt-Foreman were spending a September evening at a streetside wine bar in Fremantle, Western Australia. The sun was setting, they had a glass each, it was the weekend.
And then Holt-Foreman pulled a little model elephant out from nowhere, with two rings perched on its tiny trunk.

“As a child I collected elephants,” MacLaren explained to BuzzFeed News. “It was a joke between my brother and I. I was a little bit heavier than he was, and I just owned it, and had this elephant collection.”

The one Holt-Foreman presented was from Bali, where she had also bought the rings some time earlier.

“Do you want to get married?” she asked.

By Lain Sainty – Full Story at Buzzfeed

Casa Cupula: Gay Puerto Vallarta Hotel

Author: , May 22nd, 2016

Casa Cupula

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Casa Cupula is a 22 room luxury boutique hotel located in the exclusive Amapas neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta, close to the gay beach, bars, restaurants in the “Zona Romantica”. Since opening in 2002, we have become renowned for excellent personalized service, uniquely designed beautiful rooms, and ample facilities to spread out and relax among beautiful tropical foliage.

Enjoy gourmet Mexican cuisine at Taste Restaurant at Casa Cupula, one of Vallarta’s finest destination restaurants. Whether it’s room service, a private dinner under the stars, or a hosted private party or event, you’ll appreciate the quality. Stay in shape with a workout at Pump Gym & Spa, or relax with a massage in our spa treatment room or in our steam room.

Casa Cupula is gay owned and operated and we are delighted to welcome members of the LGBT community and friends to this special place, where you can be yourself and rejuvenate while taking in all the wonder of Puerto Vallarta’s extensive attractions.

Puerto Vallarta is well beyond “gay friendly”, having been known worldwide as a famous LGBT destination since the 1960s.

You can stay at any mainstream hotel or a condo, but Casa Cupula uniquely offers a sense of community and enrichment that is often missing from day to day life. Many guests have met friends at Casa Cupula who have become friends for life, returning year after year. Our staff is the best part, treating each and every guest as a friend to help you get the most out of your vacation. Our concierges know gay PV because they ARE gay PV.

We’re pet friendly and technology savvy, with everything you need to stay connected and entertained from wifi to Apple TV, USB ports and Bluetooth iHome radios.

At Casa Cupula, we treasure uniqueness and diversity. We embrace each individual guest as a friend, no matter who you are or where you come from.

Casa Cupula offers sophisticated amenities to make your stay relaxing and indulgent. These include:

  • Casa Cupula’s Dream Bed with:
    – Thick Pillow Top Mattresses and fluffy mattress covers
    – 400+ Thread Count Cotton Sateen Sheets
    – Reading Lamps
    – Extra Pillows (both feather and synthetic)
    – Blankets
  • Air Conditioning and Ceiling Fans
  • In-room Mini fridges
  • Oversized Fluffy Towels
  • Luxury bath amenities by DAMANA*
  • Bathrobes and slippers**
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Makers
  • Large room safes for laptop/camera
  • USB plugs
  • Free, high speed WiFi Internet
  • LED TVs
  • Cable TV
  • iHome Radio with Bluetooth

Vista Rooms also offer:

  • Apple TV with free Netflix
  • Home Theater with BlueRay DVD

Suites also offer:

  • Dolce Gusto Capsule Coffee Machines
  • We pamper our Suite guests with added benefits during regular, peak and holiday rate periods*
  • Voucher for a la carte breakfast each day (excludes beverages)
  • Free upgrade from regular to VIP transportation (one round trip up to 2 persons)

*Not included during “saver” and “super saver” rate periods or with discounted rates or Travel Deal rates.

See the Casa Cupula Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Jalisco

 

Wandering Wives – Crashing An Indian Wedding

Author: , November 19th, 2015

Indian Wedding

When we arrived in Orchha it was late and we had trouble finding a room. Wondering if there was a census, holy day, festival or son of God being born in a stable near by, we eventually found a dank, desolate, 200 Rupee room that was available. Knowing from our past escapades that beggars can’t be choosers, we took the room.

We had travelled a whole day in the car and wanted nothing more than to sleep but the thumping music and lights from whatever parade was happening outside put pay to that. Mildly motivated by the stench of our room we decided to venture out into the streets to see what was happening.

Indian wedding horse“It is wedding season in Orchha!” We were told by our hotelier. He further explained, it was a sacred or lucky day to get married and over 200 weddings had happened in the town that day. We saw several grooms paraded through the streets on horseback followed by a procession of wedding guests. Many of these elaborate parades included large carts and vehicles wired to suspicious looking generators. These carried impressive displays of flashing fairground lights and blared out traditional Indian rave music with a thumping bass line. We were carried through the streets in a wave of festival atmosphere, dancing and cheering along with the locals.

We stopped outside a large restaurant with no roof and tried to sneak a look at the wedding reception being held there. We were quickly surrounded by children who for some strange reason wanted our autographs. Next came their parents, who rather than asking us to leave, took us by the hand and dragged us into the wedding reception…read more on Wandering Wives

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Enter by Tomorrow to Win a Fort Lauderdale Wedding

Author: , January 12th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale wedding“Hello Sunny” Fort Lauderdale is showing that “Love is Love” by announcing a massive beachfront wedding for both straight and gay couples, and you and your partner could win a spot at these historic nuptials. The landmark wedding, which will see 100 couples tie the knot, will take place in front of W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, right on the beach. The special occassion will be presided over by Reverend Dr. Durrell Watkins, the senior minister of the Sunshine Cathedral. After couples say their “I Dos” they will be invited back to W Fort Lauderdale for a post-ceremony Champagne toast and reception to commemorate the exciting occasion. Additionally, one lucky couple will win an extended getaway.

But time is ticking, register to win a spot ASAP, because the wedding will take place on February 5th.

Enter Here by 1/13/15.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Pink Iceland

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Pink Iceland is Iceland’s only LGBT travel agency and Iceland’s leading wedding planner service.

Pink Iceland operates Pink day tours for individuals and always have small groups, with gay & gay friendly guides and a lot of fun. Pink Iceland also plans weddings for gay and straight couples in Iceland all year round as well as organizing Iceland’s Winter Pride festival Rainbow Reykjavík. Tailor made travel is Pink Iceland’s middle name and the company organizes travel itineraries tailored to your needs. Pink Iceland is the recipient of the 2012 Innovation Award of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, is a proud member of IGLTA and has received over 115 five star reviews on TripAdvisor.

Pink Iceland’s honesty policy:Pink Iceland is a privately owned company and as such it needs to make a profit. This profit pays the salaries of its staff, the rent, the wonderful and informative Pink Iceland website not to mention copious amounts of coffee for the owners. Most of Pink Iceland’s money is made through commissions. This is how it works: If our guests lets us book their tours, activities, and accommodation we collect a small (usually 10-15%) commission of the price. This basically means that you pay the same price, regardless of whether you book directly – or through us. You may think this might cause us to recommend really expensive accommodation and tours. Not so. We promise to do our utmost to come up with a plan that suits you, and your budget. We would never recommend anything without full confidence and/or personal experience of what’s on offer. Our primary goal is working with and for the LGBTQI community and without the community’s support or goodwill we wouldn’t have lasted six months in the business. It is not least through word of mouth that we grow stronger every day. Our hope is that after reading this you too will ask for our recommendations and advice and/or book your holiday through us.

Iceland – perfect place for a destination wedding!

Author: , November 18th, 2014

Same sex marriage has been legal in Iceland since 2010 and Iceland is the home of award winning LGBT travel & wedding experts, Pink Iceland, combine that with the LGBT friendliness and the breath taking nature serving as the back drop for the ceremony and what you have is the perfect place for a same sex destination wedding.

The wedding planners at Pink Iceland consider themselves extremely lucky to do what they do for a living, getting to share in on the wonderful experiences and create ever lasting memories.

These are beautiful memories from our elopements and same sex weddings in Iceland. Nature, love, simplicity & honesty.

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For more love wedding photos from Iceland check out our Facebook album.

Win a New York City Wedding

Author: , February 23rd, 2014

Duane Street HotelOnce the question is popped, every engaged couple knows that the follow-up they’ll have to answer is, “How did it happen?”.

Duane Street Hotel, a boutique hotel in Tribeca, wants to know too. The hotel’s new Facebook contest, will award one lucky couple an NYC wedding based on their engagement story.

The contest launched on Valentine’s Day and ends on March 31, 2014. Entrants are asked to submit their proposal story on Duane Street Hotel’s Facebook page for a chance to win a complete wedding package, which includes everything but the city hall ceremony itself.

“With the declaration of DOMA as unconstitutional, and our proximity to the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, we have gotten a lot more weddings lately, especially with LGBT couples,” said Nicolas Daeppen general manager of Duane Street Hotel. “With this contest, we want to promote how fabulous getting married at City Hall really can be.”

The winner of the contest will receive overnight accommodations at the Tribeca lifestyle hotel, sparkling champagne upon arrival, a gift box of 12 pastel heart almond pound cake petits fours from Duane Park Patisserie adorned with the couple’s initials, two “I Got Married in New York City” t-shirts and American breakfast for two in the morning.

For the actual ceremony, the winner can visit the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Duane Street Hotel is one of the closest hotels to the bureau, just five blocks away. Renovated in 2009, the bureau is adorned with chandeliers, modern furnishings, and marble pillars.

Duane Street Hotel, an Independent Collection hotel, is a TAG-approved hotel and a member of IGLTA. The contest’s prize is a modified version of the hotel’s newly launched “I Do NYC” package, which is available for purchase and targeted toward couples getting married at Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

You can enter to win here by 3/31.

Click here for gay travel resources in New York City.

Win a Wine Country Wedding in Sonoma

Author: , July 24th, 2013

St. Francis Winery - SonomaSt. Francis Winery & Vineyards, with the support of local wedding partners, has launched the “Sonoma Valley Dream Wedding” contest. The luxury wedding package, designed for one lucky couple and up to 50 guests, is valued at close to $40,000.

“We’re thrilled to showcase the best in Sonoma wedding planning in this fun contest, from our idyllic venue at the winery, to lodging, catering and the amazing services of Robbin Montero, California wine country’s top-rated wedding planner,” exclaims St. Francis Winery & Vineyards President and CEO Christopher Silva.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Starting May 1, couples are invited to submit a 1-2 minute video that captures their romantic story and conveys why the public should vote for them to win the Sonoma Valley Dream Wedding. Entries can cover any of the following topics:

–The story of how the couple met and fell in love
–When a fiance knew their partner was “the one”
–How a partner proposed the marriage or civil union to their fiance

To enter the contest, log on to www.facebook.com/stfranciswinery and follow the directions to upload a video before September 30, 2013. Beginning October 1, 2013, the public will vote for their favorite videos. The winner will be announced by St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in mid-December. The grand prize-winning couple will be awarded the “Sonoma Valley Dream Wedding” package, hosted by St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa for up to 50 guests on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Win Five Nights in Curacao and a Wedding Ceremony

Author: , February 6th, 2013

beach_dayIn honor of their recent launch, GayDestinationWeddings.com is running a Facebook sweepstakes, giving couples a chance to win a free destination wedding and stay. Participants will be entered to win a 5-night stay at the Avila Hotel Curacao, a commitment ceremony and wedding package, as well as one 2-piece suit from Fourteen, a lesbian, trans, and queer clothing line created by renowned LGBTQ expert Bernadette Coveney Smith.

The sweepstakes runs from January 24 to February 7 and can be entered on GayDestinationWeddings.com’s Facebook page by clicking on the sweepstakes tab, http://www.tabsite.com/wall_post.php?id=6748. Participants can enter once a day and are encouraged to share the sweepstakes with their friends in the LGBTQ community. The winner will be notified notified via email on February 8.