Meraki was started because I was the bride that felt unseen, unheard, non-traditional and well - gay! It was hard to find TRULY supportive vendors who didn't put us in this box where we felt like we were paying for a wedding the vendor team dreamed of being a part of. We felt overwhelmed with options. We just wanted people to have a good time, be ourselves, and to look back on the day with a smile on our faces.
The last 7 years have been INCREDIBLE.
We won major awards. We were published in top notch magazines/blogs.
Heck, we were even featured on the Today Show and Business Insider!
It is with absolute sadness that after 2022 Wedding Season, we will be officially closing the doors. Not because we didn't get enough business. Honestly, couldn't be farther from the truth. It is due to a hefty personal situation.
My brother is battling Stage 5 Kidney Failure. He lives with me and requires around the clock care. I very much could possibly be donating a Kidney in the next 1-3 years. I do not feel comfortable accepting money for such an important day, and have confidence that I will be the one photographing. I do not have confidence to even be able to be a sounding board when you need guidance. I do not feel comfortable - period.
Who knows what the future holds. But for now, this is something we have to do.
Family is always first.