Message from the publisher

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Welcome to Q Virginia’s third annual Wedding Book! We have a lot to celebrate this spring as we move into the pride season. In April, the Greater Richmond Convention Center will host two major LGBTQ Events: Q Weddings—Virginia’s Statewide LGBTQ Wedding Show—and Equality Virginia’s 15th Annual Commonwealth Dinner. I hope that you attend both of these wonderful events!

Spring also marks the beginning of the traditional wedding season! Speaking of weddings, this June will mark the third anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to the United States. June also marks the 49th anniversary of Pride, so get your rainbow flags ready!

As we explore topics pertaining to spring, love and marriage in this issue, I ask you to consider all of the writings in history that deal with love—from the Bible’s Psalms and Shakespeare’s plays to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnets and Katy Perry’s song lyrics. As Huey Lewis and the News said in 1985, “The power of love is a curious thing.” Its spellbinding force can evoke every emotion under the sun; yet, it is the singular force that has connected individuals, families and communities since the dawn of time.

I believe the beautifully frustrating juxtaposition of emotions that love conjures is an excellent metaphor for life itself. Despite the mesmerizing perplexity of life’s most convoluted emotion, I encourage everyone to embrace love and let it take them on a magical journey filled with heartache, merriment and pure splendor.

I'll sing to him,
Each spring to him,
And long for the day when I'll cling to him,
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered, am I.

-Ella Fitzgerald, “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered” (1946)

Cheers,

Justin