HOW WE CAN DEFEAT SEX TRAFFICKING THROUGH RADICAL LOVE
Last year, a group of Atlanta based wedding vendors called Love Gives Way, gathered to put on a styled shoot in an effort to increase awareness and use their services to fight against sex trafficking. Working to connect couples with wedding vendors who donate portions of their proceeds to organizations that help fight sex trafficking around the world, supporting causes such as Beloved, Wellspring Living, She is Safe, Out of Darkness, and Serenity’s Steps. All of these organizations are in Atlanta and work against sex trafficking either through reaching victims, rescuing women, or offering restorative services.
Atlanta is one of the largest hubs in the world for sex trafficking. Most children in the U.S. are between the ages of 12 to 14 when they are trafficked. The average lifespan of someone trafficked is 3-7 years due to abuse, attacks, sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition and suicide.
It is estimated that the wedding industry in the U.S. alone is a 40 billion dollar industry. The total market value of human trafficking is estimated to be over 32 billion dollars. That’s why Love Gives Way decided to start using weddings to raise awareness and funds to fuel these organizations that fight the sex trafficking industry.
It’s a radical way for couples to give back on their wedding day and for vendors to add meaning to their business.
“Knowing that we’re helping to revolutionize the wedding industry by providing couples with a way to give to others on their wedding day provided the vendor team with the perfect theme, Radical Love” photographer, Claire told us.
“We chose to portray this through the use of neon colors and clean modern lines; the former being something that was out of the box and simply radical. We utilized neon pinks, oranges, blues, and yellows to give the white brick photo studio some pop and then integrated furniture and fashion that would allow details to shine. From the neon confetti to the bright dessert bar to the Kendra Scott jewelry to the colorful makeup, everything was intended to bring a fresh and vibrant style.”
“The bride and groom models were an actual Love Gives Way couple who chose to donate to the cause Wellspring Living via their photographer on their wedding day and the LOVE sign was a happy accident as it was left over from an event the previous night, but we felt it couldn’t have done a better job of tying our day and purpose together.”
Although Bespoke Bride is based in UK, we are read by millions of people all over the world and we want to spread the word! Victims of sex trafficking exist all over the world, at least 20.9 million adults and children and bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labour and bonded labour and about 2 million of these are children, with 98% of these being women and girls.
Sex trafficking isn’t isolated to certain countries, it is happening everywhere, it could even be happening in your street, so please show your support and fight against sex trafficking by sharing this post.
Super Suppliers – Photographer: Claire Diana Photography | Reception Venue: Ambient Plus Studio | Floral Designer: Bloomin’ Bouquets: Unique Floral & Event Design | Event Designer: carolyn a. events | Other: Claire Diana Photography | Hair Stylist: Corianne Elizabeth | Invitation Designer: Jankun Creative Studio, a labor of love | Design and Decor: Jenn and Jules Designs | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Linens and Coverings: Linen Hero | Cake Designer: Peche Petite Boutique Bakery | Equipment Rentals: Sweet Seats | DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: The Confetti Bar | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Modern Gent | Dress Store: The Sentimentalist | Bakery: The Sweet Trend | Submitted via Two Bright Lights |