Saturday, July 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

The Biggest Gay Wedding Chapel on Broadway

// Local clothing store shows support for Tacoma gay pride

Just like their customers, London Couture Vintage Clothing store is unique and fabulous. From fashion to gay pride, London Couture is a staple in the Tacoma community and ever growing in popularity.

Tacoma’s gay pride festival on July 14 had a fun surprise from London Couture. The day unveiled London Couture's first ever wedding chapel inside the store, located at 746 Broadway. The witty title of the event, “The Biggest Gay Wedding Chapel on Broadway,” definitely held up to its name, being the most extravagant event of the Pride Festival. Couples gay, straight, bisexual and everyone in between came to participate in a mock wedding ceremony performed by Shannel from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This event proved to be an exciting and great addition to many couples' gay pride celebration. Couples arrived at the store and were greeted with an eye full of Las Vegas wedding chapel décor – complete with showgirls, drag queens and, of course, London Couture’s glamorous owner Tina London as a Marilyn Monroe look-alike. Each couple was then able to pick from one of three Vegas-styled wedding packages complete with suited names (like “Shotgun Wedding Package”) for the couples’ varying commitment levels.

Once the groom and groom or bride and bride were adorned with custom decorated veils and top hats, they stood under the rainbow arch to be united by the fabulous and stunning Shannel. With exchanging of rings and vows, every couple was able to personalize this special moment just for the two of them.

After being deemed husband and husband or wife and wife by Shannel, the couple enjoyed champagne to toast to their union and then received their mock wedding certificate certified by London Couture. The glitz and glam of the Vegas theme, mixed with the heartfelt ceremony of each of the couples, equaled a fun yet sincerely exceptional event that had many loyal London Couture customers begging for even more events like this.

This event was created with the intention for London Couture to show support of the gay community and host an event for couples to express their feelings about their partner and have a ton of fun. With London Couture's history of doing community oriented events at the store, it was no wonder this fun pride event was such a hit. The level of fabulousness that this event presented was no surprise with breathtaking fashion shows and prom giveaways as previous London Couture events.


For local fashion enthusiasts London Couture is a must with brands such as Dior, Chanel and Gucci and unique events to attend and support. As well as catering to their two-legged customers, London Couture is a huge supporter of animals. The second annual Strutt for a Mutt fashion show is coming up Sept. 29 at London Couture. Like all London Couture events it is going to be grand and spectacular, with jewel-adorned pooches and high fashion dripping from every model. This is a night of supporting local dogs and cats from the Humane Society for Tacoma/Pierce County as well as to see London Couture’s new fall collection walk down the runway.

Strutt for a Mutt has already been stirring much attention in the Tacoma area and is projected to be even bigger than last year’s. If you love pets and fashion you will want to be an attendee for sure. This year’s Strutt for a Mutt holds many surprises that you have to attend to find out about.

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