Wedding Conversations

with Cathy O'Connell,
President of the National Gay Wedding Association

NEXT   CONVERSATION: Wednesday September 23, 2020


Join me for a dynamic conversation with Sara Cunningham, the founder of Free Mom Hugs and the proud mom loving mom of an LGBTQ+ child. We will talk about inclusivity,  conflicts with faith, and how affirming parents can create alignment and support their children. We will also talk about hugging during COVID  and how the mission of Free Mom Hugs continues even when we can't connect physically!

Don't miss spending this special time with Sara and her loving energy! You will come away inspired and uplifted!

Creating a path
for greater inclusivity!

Are you a wedding vendor or venue and does your business cater to LGBTQ+ couples? Do you want to attract more gay weddings to your business? Do you want to learn if your current practices are inclusive and really attracting the LGBTQ+ community? Do you want to learn how to bring more inclusive practices to your marketing efforts?

Please join me as we unravel the current state of LGBTQ+ weddings and create a path for greater acceptance in the future.


Chanda Daniels


September 23, 2020
10:00 AM PST


Sara Cunningham is not only the proud, loving Mom of an LGBTQ child, she has also become a leading voice for faith parents of LGBTQ children. She is the founder of Free Mom Hugs, a group of affirming parents and allies who love the LGBTQ+ community unconditionally. They are dedicated to encouraging families, religious organizations, and civic leaders to not only affirm the LGBTQ+ community but to celebrate them.

Sara  is a moving speaker, powerful advocate and ally, and the author of the book, “How We Sleep At Night”, an intimate, raw, challenging, and emotional memoir of her personal journey regarding her son’s homosexuality. In her writing and speaking, Sara conveys a unique authenticity and an undeniably tender, caring heart. She and her husband have been married over 30 years and live in Oklahoma City.

We are going to talk about acceptance and the enduring power of love! Don't miss sharing the beautiful spirit of Sara! You will be inspired and informed!

coming up...

DATE  tbd Oct, 2020


Whitney and Megan, known collectively as ‘Wegan’ are luxury travel, fashion & lifestyle social media creators. The wife and wife were the first lesbian couple on Youtube and have been together and online for nearly 12 years. Conquering long distance from the UK to Hawaii for years, Wegan are passionate about challenging stereotypes and strive to provide visibility to the LGBTQ+  community across the world through their social platforms and 200k+following. Whitney and Megan are passionate about raising awareness online and are the voice of the femme community. They are also the founders of Find Femmes, a dating site for feminine identified LGBTQ women in the hopes that they'll help others find love!

Chanda Daniels

About Cathy O'Connell

I'm a gay, married wedding planner with a passion for joy and fun! My wife Dorry Winham and I co-founded COJ Events, a Destination Event Design & Planning studio based in Palm Springs CA that helps discerning multi-cultural clients create memorable celebrations worldwide.  We are about to launch Gay Wedding Planning, a resource for LGBTQ+ couples and vendors.

 As one of the premier LGBTQ+ event planning company in the world, we are committed to supporting and uplifting our community. I am the President of the National Gay Wedding Association, and Secretary of  NACE Palm Springs. My Creds: Degree in interior Architecture from San Jose State University and a Doctorate in Divinity from the American Institute of Theology, I am also an Ordained Inter-Faith Minister.  So I  can marry you too!

COJ Events weddings have been featured in notable industry publications and blogs including Vogue Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, “My Fair Wedding” with David Tutera and “Say Yes to The Dress” US    & UK. We love helping people become the best they can be while celebrating lives filled with joy. Dorry and I spread our time between Palm Springs, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. We are self-proclaimed hotel junkies,  travel often for business and  fun bringing our canine and feline children along as much as possible!

@gaywedplan @cojweddings

National Gay Wedding Association

The National Gay Wedding Association is a professional association committed to creating inclusive awareness for wedding professionals through supporting partnerships, continuing education, and being an active advocate for LGBTQ+ couples.

Register now!

All events will take place via a Zoom Webinar and then will be posted on FaceBook and YouTube.

Even if you can't make the live chat, sign up and you will be sent a link to the recording on FB and YouTube.

You will be sent an email with the Zoom link the Monday before the chat. Mark your calendars!