France held its first wedding fair inclusive of LGBT couples in Paris just four days after the country became the 14th in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
With a lagging economy, traditional couples are spending significantly less on weddings. Many of those in the industry are looking to make up the difference by attracting a new set of customers within the LGBT community.
“These are customers that we aren’t used to reaching out to,” French Photographer Alexia Gallouin said in the promotional video. “It’s also a way for us to show our work to the gay community, to get people to know us.”
The fair also attracted international participants such as Israeli Citizen Udi Tzvieli and his Stockholm partner Hakan Steenberg. “I haven’t seen a fair like this for same-sex couples before so I think it’s very important,” Steenberg said.
“That’s why we wanted to come today and I’ve seen a lot of nice stuff here. Like the invitation cards, like the photographers that display same-sex couples, I think it’s really nice.”
After the legislation passed in the French House and Senate, anti-gay attacks and protests occurred throughout the country. With polarizing opinion regarding the issue, police officers stationed themselves at the fair’s doors to prevent any potential trouble.