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Bridal Extravaganza Producer On Same-Sex Marriage: ‘Love Wins’

Now that same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide, the wedding industry here in Greater Houston expects to see an explosion in growth.

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Quinn Newsome and Rashaan Nowel
Quinn Newsome and Rashaan Nowel

Nadine Moon
Wedding cake maker Nadine Moon

Quinn Newsome and Rashaan Nowel of Houston wandered through the maze of exhibits at the Bridal Extravaganza at the Brown Convention Center over the weekend. Before last month’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, Newsome thought their union could only be a civil one.

“I did not think that you know, it would actually come to pass and we’d actually be planning out a wedding,” Newsome said.

Many of the show’s vendors made an extra effort to welcome same-sex couples.

Wedding cake maker Nadine Moon has always catered to everybody. She doesn’t see the ruling affecting her business.

“We are custom, so we do limited orders. I meet with every couple that comes in. So they’re just going have to book in advance, because we’re going to be closing out a lot of dates,” said Moon.

Laurette Veres has produced the Bridal Extravaganza ten of the past 30 years. She says some vendors are excited, and thrilled about the possibilities that lie ahead. 

“You should be able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Love wins and here, we’ve always been celebrating love,” Veres said.

Preliminary estimates are that the newly wedded couples are expected to contribute nearly $200 million to the Texas economy.

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