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