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Bernadette Smith, 14 Stories: America's #1 LGBT Wedding Planner

Bernadette Smith, 14 Stories: America's #1 LGBT Wedding Planner

Welcome!  Today’s broad is Bernadette Smith, a pioneer in the LGBT community.  She found a niche in the marketplace and created a business that has become the country’s first boutique event firm specializing in legal LGBT weddings.  Her company, 14 Stories, launched in 2004 as same-sex marriage first became legal in MA.  Her Gay Wedding Institute trains other wedding professionals from all over the world.  From her position as America’s #1 Gay Wedding Planner, Bernadette focuses on the advocacy element of her company, providing a great, supportive experience for couples. 
Bernadette shares the following about her company, currently based in Chicago:

Prior to 2004, she planned events for nonprofits.  When she first launched 14 Stories, people either thought she was crazy or brilliant.
She launched initially without a business plan, but built a website, used Google ad words, and received a ton of media attention.
Bernadette has seen a recent surge in training wedding pros since the Supr

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