Cathy Chats: LGBTQ+ Conversations is a forum for sharing knowledge, inspiration and positivity with global thought leaders in the LGBTQ+ arena. These bi-monthly chats will cover topics ranging from Inclusivity Wedding Planning, Leading as an LGTBQ+ couple, Creating a Successful LGBTQ+ Business and how to be an affirming ally.
Are you a newly engaged wedding couple ready to learn from industry experts and LGBTQ+ couples about how to navigate a joyful and inclusive path for creating your special day?
Are you a wedding vendor or venue do you want to attract more LGBTQ+ weddings to your business? Do you want to learn if your current practices are inclusive and really attracting the LGBTQ+ community?
Please join me as we unravel the current state of LGBTQ+ weddings and create a path for greater acceptance in the future.
Holly Gray is the CEO of Anything But Gray Events and a second-generation wedding planner in Los Angeles. Her focus is on colorful wedding planning and design for all loving couples. With a mindset of 'community over competition' and drive to create a more inclusive and welcoming wedding industry, Holly currently sits on the board of WIPA (Wedding International Professionals Association) SoCal as the Director of Membership.
Tia Nash - Tia Nash Photography
Brittny Drye - Love Inc. Magazine
Eve & Nova Hobbs - Real LGBTQ+ Couple
Renée Dalo - Moxie Bright Events
Todd Danforth & Adam Neal - Todd Danforth Photography
Frank Burgess - LGBTQ+ Weddings OC
I'm a gay, married wedding planner with a passion for joy and fun! My wife Dorry Winham and I co-founded COJ Events, a Destination Event Design & Planning studio based in Palm Springs CA that helps discerning multi-cultural clients create memorable celebrations worldwide. We are about to launch Inclusive Wedding Planning, a resource for LGBTQ+ couples and vendors.
As one of the premier LGBTQ+ event planning company in the world, we are committed to supporting and uplifting our community. I am the Secretary of NACE Palm Springs. My Creds: Degree in interior Architecture from San Jose State University and a Doctorate in Divinity from the American Institute of Theology, I am also an Ordained Inter-Faith Minister. So I can marry you too!
COJ Events weddings have been featured in notable industry publications and blogs including Vogue Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, “My Fair Wedding” with David Tutera and “Say Yes to The Dress” US & UK. We love helping people become the best they can be while celebrating lives filled with joy. Dorry and I spread our time between Palm Springs, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. We are self-proclaimed hotel junkies, travel often for business and fun bringing our canine and feline children along as much as possible!