Photo by Amethyst Photography

Photo by Amethyst Photography

Ava Korwin, Equality Advocate/Non-Practising Solicitor

Founder of LGBTQ Equality Weddings and Equality Businesses | Diversity Role Model

Pronouns - She/Her

After 14 years in the legal industry, Ava decided to walk away from a world that didn’t seem to value diversity and inclusion in the way that she did. Ava quickly found herself planning a wedding for Wish For A Wedding and realised that she had the perfect skill-set to make such an important day not only seamless, but reflective of the uniqueness of the couple getting married.

During the early stages of Ava’s new career as a wedding planner, Ava received a number of queries like, ‘do you do gay weddings?’. It quickly became apparent that there was a similar lack of commitment to, and awareness of, inclusivity in the wedding industry too. So, naturally, Equality Weddings was born.

Ava saw an opportunity to provide couples with a safe resource where #youdontneedtoaskhere and an opportunity to work with committed and equality focused suppliers around inclusive language and the creation of a more representative service and product offering that goes beyond the heteronormativity that pervades the wedding industry. It isn’t just about being open, it’s about learning how to open your business to all identities which isn’t always easy without a little help from those who make it their daily business.

When Ava is not pairing couples with their ideal supplier team, advocating for equality, or supporting other small businesses, you'll find her climbing a mountain, drinking copious amounts of Yorkshire tea, or singing (terribly) to her cat, Coco. Say hello to Ava by clicking here or call her by clicking here; she loves a chat on the phone!

Charlie Garner, Equality Advocate/Consultant

Founder of and Photographer at Amethyst Photography

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Charlie joined our team as a consultant after reaching out to us to let us know how passionately she shared our ethos.

Charlie consults on our inclusivity language reviews one day a week, as well as contributing to our business strategy and joining us on our equality focused training sessions.

As well as consulting for us, Charlie is a wedding photographer based in Oxford, and believes that photography should be about connection and storytelling with a whole bunch of silliness and laughter thrown in for good measure!

Charlie relishes working with couples who throw expectation out of the window in favour of making their own traditions. Her passion for inclusivity has been so evident to her couples that they have taken the time to report back and praise her for it.

When Charlie is not advocating for equality or out shooting amazing weddings, you’ll find her dancing the night away at a ceroc or salsa class, getting caught up in debates about feminism, or snuggled up in (one of her two!) rocking chairs playing the ukulele.

Say hello to Charlie by clicking here or check out her amazing photography by clicking here.

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Ross Willsher, Equality Advocate/Consultant

Founder of and photographer at Ross Willsher Photography, Diversity Role Model

Pronouns - He / Him

Ross joined our team as a consultant after inviting us to speak on his awesome and inspiring podcast and gifting us with a copy of his empowering book.

Ross consults on our inclusivity language reviews during busy periods, and joins us on our equality focused training sessions throughout the year.

As well as consulting for us, Ross is a professional wedding photographer, published author, proud podcaster, obsessive Great British Bake Off viewer and reluctant runner. He is passionate about promoting equality and diversity in the wedding industry which drove him to create, How to Have a Wedding as Individual as You Are: a book (and now also a podcast), designed to help all couples to plan a wedding that is true to who they are and what they truly value. 

Ross always prioritises the comfort of the couples he works with and strongly believes that his role as a photographer is to enable people to feel at ease in their own skin and celebrate how wonderfully unique they are. Away from life as a professional ‘Tog’, Ross is the proudest uncle in the UK and enjoys creating (a mess) in the kitchen with his niece. He can also be found dancing around his office to his latest Spotify playlist or chilling out in cosy bookshops. 

Say hello to Ross by clicking here or check out his wonderful photography by clicking here.

Our Extended Team

(Who we collaborate with)

Photo by Yuriy Romany

Photo by Yuriy Romany

Nova Reid, Author and Diversity Advocate

Founder of multi-award winning wedding blog Nu Bride, and Diversity Consultant and Trainer at Nova Reid

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Nova was nominated as a Positive Role Model in the 2018 National Diversity Awards for her advocacy work to bring more diversity and race equality into mainstream media. Nova is an inspiring and passionate diversity consultant and trainer and uses her professional background in mental health and NLP to focus on mindset change.

Nova works with small business owners (like us), organisations, and individuals to embrace the business opportunity that diversity brings and to confront and dismantle inequality in the workplace (and beyond).

Nova is a passionate advocate for equality and for helping people be the change they want to see in the world. She regularly appears on BBC News, Sky News, and BBC Radio as an expert and is a popular keynote speaker. Nova offers a number of services including popular Pick My Brain sessions for those sticky questions around language, political correctness, castings, or to help avert a PR crisis in marketing campaigns. Nova also provides workshops and in-house diversity consultancy for progressive businesses. Say hello to Nova by clicking here, read more about the important work Nova does by clicking here, or to find inspiration for your wedding day from a blog renowned for celebrating diversity, click here.