Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry.
Photos by Max Burkhalter
Most of the vendors whom Jennifer and Elizabeth visit seem easygoing and accepting, but there is one scene that plays out over and over again with only minor variations among a significant minority of them.
"When are your dates?" a vendor asks, and Jenn and Lizzie both reply that it's going to be July 7, 2012. The event will be at a Crown Plaza hotel in Houston, which narrowly beat out Omni as a venue choice.
"Oh," the vendor says. "You'll be fighting each other for guests, ha-ha."
"No, we won't," Jenn replies. "It'll be all the same people because it's the same wedding. We're getting married."
"You're sisters having a double wedding?" the vendor asks. "That's so awesome."
"No," Jenn corrects for the dozenth time. "We're getting married. To each other."
"Oh," the vendor says, settling into an awkward silence. There's no open rudeness, just a deeply uncomfortable moment.More »