Category Archives: I Stand for Marriage Equality

The Wedding Project: The Series
February 21, 2013

Over the past several weeks, we have been following a couple on the path to their special day. Erin and Ashley have allowed Stand Up to take a behind the scenes look at how they share the same hopes and dreams for the future as other couples.

If you missed the first five episodes leading up to the big day, you can watch them on Stand Up’s website at You can also watch the ceremony between Erin and Ashley on the website also.

The Wedding Project: Episode 6
February 14, 2013

It’s finally here! The episode you have been waiting for! Watch Erin and Ashley celebrate their union today on this special feature of The Wedding Project brought to you by Stand Up! What better day then today to celebrate the love of two people uniting together than on Valentine’s Day!

We hope you enjoy this memorable episode! To watch the episodes leading up to today, go to the Stand Up website!

The Wedding Project: Episode 5
February 12, 2013

Watch the latest episode of The Wedding Project brought to you by Stand Up! See how Erin and Ashley are preparing for their big day as Stand Up takes a behind-the-scenes look at this couple as they answer questions about their relationship and how they are like every couple with the same hopes and dreams for the future!

Watch Episode 5 here or go to to watch full episodes!

The Wedding Project: Episode 4
February 7, 2013

Episode 4: Planning the Wedding

In Episode 4, Ashley and Erin discuss how they each had hopes of getting married someday from childhood and they also discuss wedding day details.

Follow Ashley and Erin all the way to the alter in this candid, multi-part series as they share their thoughts about marriage, and why it is so important for each of them.

To watch the entire series unfold, visit the STAND UP website
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Here is the episode 4!

The Wedding Project: Episode 3
February 5, 2013

Have you been following this couple as they plan and prepare for the big day? Watch Episode 3 of The Wedding Project today as we continue to take a first hand look at how this couple is getting ready for their special day! Get a behind-the-scenes look at this couple as they answer the questions most engaged couples want to know!

Episode 3 shows that even though non-traditional, tradition persists in how friends of Ashley and Erin refer to their wedding, and it feels right!

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The Wedding Project: Episode 2
January 31, 2013

Watch the second episode of The Wedding Project today as we continue to follow this civil union couple as they plan and prepare for their special day!
If you missed the first episode, go to the Stand Up website to watch the full episode!

Equality Friday’s, Become a Member of STAND UP
September 14, 2012

If you have not already heard, we are huge advocates of the new organization, STAND UP, Business Professionals for Marriage Equality.  Yes we know in part it’s because I, Anthony, am the Co-Founder of the movement, but I will tell you, I had my entire team of planners right there supporting me through the creation of this organization.  
We are wedding planners.  We help couples from all over the country get married about 40 weekends a year.  At Liven It Up Events, we believe that no matter who you are or who you love, you should have the RIGHT to be wed.  That is why not only am I dedicated to this cause, but so are the planners at Liven It Up!
The organization is for business professionals who want to put their business on trend with supporting marriage equality.  The huge out pour of support we have had already is astonishing.  It’s so easy to become a member that will receive to show your alignment with the cause.  
Visit today and join the MOVEMENT for only $50 per year or watch this video to learn how you can STAND UP today! 


Wedding Professionals STAND UP for Marriage Equality
August 8, 2012

I have to share this story.  After President Obama came out and supported Gay Marriage, I had this little idea that the Chicago Wedding Industry should do something.  I had this vision of mobilizing the masses and create a viral video that would show our support.  We are the ones who make weddings happen every weekend so why should we not support the cause.

It was a larger turn out than I ever thought!  We had over 100 wedding professionals come together to create the first STAND UP video.  From there, I knew it was more than just a video, we had to do more.

I was already working with Cher Garrett of Loft on Lake & KGA Garrett & Associates and together we wanted to do more!  Now, we have created an online platform for business owners & business professionals to become members and show that they STAND UP for marriage equality.

One little idea has turned into an organization that is spreading like wildfire!  After launching the website on July 24th, 2012, we have reached of over 25,000 people on Facebook and thousands of views on YouTube already!  We are hoping to get more members and sponsors to make an impact on creating equality for all!

Take a look at our website at

LIKE us on Facebook at

Tweet us at @istanduporg

and become a member at to show your support for marriage equality.

It’s amazing what a little idea can turn into!  Whatever your ideas maybe, do not forget to follow through with them!  You never know where they will lead too!

Chicago Wedding Professionals were the first professionals to STAND UP!
July 26, 2012
STAND UP is a platform for business professionals to unite and STAND UP for equality and acceptance of same-sex marriage.  
The STAND UP Project launched Tuesday, July 24th, releasing it’s first creative work to spread the message equality!  The first video project was created with the Wedding Industry from Chicago.  See the video below on how they all STAND UP for marriage equality!

To learn more, become a member or to STAND UP with us, visit today!

STAND UP launches today!
July 24, 2012

We are so proud to be a part of the STAND UP Project!  Learn about the official launch below!

Please join us for the STAND UP Launch party. A town-hall-style meeting taking place Tuesday 7/24/12 at Loft on Lake, 1366 W. Lake, from 6:00-9:00 PM. This is your chance to find out what the STAND UP Project is all about and to begin your own business profile and join the growing membership.

The launch will feature: An informative presentation by Anthony Navarro and Cher Garrett. We will officially unveil the campaign video that features dozens of Chicago’s own Wedding Professionals who were the first to STAND UP. Find out the goals and details of the initiative and join over 100 of Chicago’s own Wedding Professionals who have already proudly announced they STAND UP for marriage equality.

6:00-7:00 – Open Photo shoot with Stephen Garrett for new members
7:00-8:00 – Multi-media presentation, including screening of videos and unveiling of website
8:00-8:15 – An informal Q&A session (additional photo-shoot time if necessary)
8:15-9:00 – Cocktails and lite bites provided by Entertaining Company, Pure Kitchen Catering, and Harry Caray’s  The FULL website will launch tonight! 

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