It’s not just the gay community celebrating legal marriage it’s also big business for the wedding industry.
Lisa Otto is preparing to take some of the most memorable photos of her career.
“It’s a step in history for Florida,” said Lisa Otto, professional photographer.
Tuesday she’ll be in Hillsborough County, camera in hand, taking pictures as dozens of same sex couples legally tie the knot for the first time.
“As many memory cards as I can fill,” said Otto.
Otto is a professional photographer. She shoots all sorts of events including same sex commitment ceremonies. She said now that gay marriage is about to be legal her phone won’t stop ringing.
“It’s been tripled over the last week and a half," she said.
Business is also booming at CONCEPTBAIT, a St. Petersburg designer and event planner.
“We’ve always believed that love is love,” said Frank Clemente, Co-Owner, CONCEPTBAIT.
Wedding companies like Frank Clemente’s who have always been LGBT friendly are seeing the returns now that same sex couples are preparing to wed.
“We’ve had more meetings than usual design consultations concerning weddings, no longer we’re going to do a ceremony because we are domestic partners, no it’s not just that anymore,” added Clemente.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal said an August study shows same sex couples will spend $182 million on weddings in Florida over the next three years.
Visit St. Pete Clearwater added LGBT imagery to its overall brand campaign.
They’re looking to draw same sex marriages to the Sunshine State.