Local LGBTQ+ couple awarded Midwestern Pride Wedding Giveaway

  • David Graf, left, and Andrew Baumgartner, who will be getting married March 8, are the winners of the Midwestern Pride Wedding Giveaway.

    David Graf, left, and Andrew Baumgartner, who will be getting married March 8, are the winners of the Midwestern Pride Wedding Giveaway. Courtesy of Glass & Grain Photography

Submitted by Elise Healy Cellitti
Updated 2/19/2020 9:33 PM

In honor of Pride Month in 2019, Glass & Grain Photography, a brother-sister photography team based in Elmhurst, announced the launch of a $30,000 wedding giveaway.

Giveaway partners and media sponsors include: Equally Wed, Indie Wed, The Haight, True Cuisine, Rosewood Weddings, Toast and Jam DJs, Paper Love Club, Posies and Pine, Maison Blanche Lettering. Anita Weds, Mignonette Bridal, The Groomsman Suit, Nimble Well, and Windy City Dinner Fairy.


Engaged LGBTQ+ couples were invited to enter this giveaway by completing an entry form and were selected by this team of giveaway partners and sponsors in July 2019.

After several months of planning and creating, we are excited to announce that the big day is almost here!

The winning couple, David Graf and Andrew Baumgartner, are set to be wed on Sunday, March 8, at the Haight in Elgin.

The grand prize of a complimentary wedding for up to 100 guests includes the venue, photography, wedding planning, catering, bar, florals, entertainment, attire, invitations, signage/calligraphy, tabletop rentals, officiating, and dessert.

"After moving to the Midwest and launching Glass & Grain Photography in February 2018, we noticed a significant inclusivity gap on the social media pages of many Chicagoland wedding vendors. In light of this, celebrating diversity and inclusion became our mission and we began looking for ways to give back to the community that would align with these values. With the help from Kelly Maron Horvath of Indie Wed, we enlisted the support of several amazing Chicago and Milwaukee wedding vendors," said Elise Healy Cellitti, owner of Glass & Grain Photography. "Each of these vendors share our passion for inclusion and giving back, and we couldn't more appreciative of the support and generosity of this small, but mighty team. We so excited to come together to give one lucky LGBTQ+ couple the wedding of their dreams!"

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This giveaway has been featured on Equally Wed and Indie Wed.

Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the giveaway should be directed to giveaway partners at midwesternpridegiveaway@gmail.com.

"Midwestern Pride Wedding Giveaway" is awarded one LGBTQ+ couple an all-expense paid wedding (retail value over $30,000).


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