A Rare Personal Post
I don’t know what took me so long, but it’s time for me to walk the walk.
I have finally instructed my PR team to remove all images from any weddings I have produced at Trump International Hotel & Towers in Chicago from my website as soon as possible.
It breaks my heart to do this on many levels. I am incredibly proud of the work I’ve done there, have wonderful memories of time spent there both professionally and personally, and some of the weddings I’ve done there are my very favorites – not only because they were gorgeous and “website-worthy,” but because of the personal relationships I made with my clients that continue to this day.
Worst of all, is the sadness I feel for the staff at the hotel that I have come to know over these past six years. From the same valet who greets me every time I arrive, to quite possibly my favorite banquet captain of any hotel at which I work, to the servers who pour their heart and soul into every detail of their job, to the friends I’ve made with the sales staff (both past and present).
But I can’t even look at the name on my website. I just can’t.
I’ll be following this up with a letter to my contact there to take me off of their preferred vendor list. While this will cause me to lose business and the people that work there have been very kind to me and recommended me to some of the best clients I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, I simply cannot bring myself to walk in the door there any longer.
I tried for a long time to separate the man from this particular hotel because of the personal relationships I have there, but I can’t do it any longer.
It must have been when I was walking outside the hotel at which I’m currently staying in NY for Bridal Fashion Week and was less than two blocks away from Trump Tower when he came out of his lair yesterday to a crowd chanting, “USA! USA! USA!” that it finally hit me.
I know business is business. But when I read the following words on my very own website, I cannot pretend that by showing images of his property on my website that I’m not in some way showing support for this monster:
“We are committed to creating a culture that reflects the diversity of our clients. With that goal in mind, we encourage our employees to understand, accept, and celebrate differences among people. We welcome everyone and prohibit all discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender.”
I know I’ll lose business and receive backlash from writing this. Let the chips fall as they may. I care too much deeply about the future of this country, my children, my friends, my colleagues who are mistreated based on the color of their skin and/or sexual identity, and so much more, that I simply cannot keep my blinders on when it comes to this.
Goodbye, Mr. Trump. I’m with her. I have been for a long time, but now it’s time for me to shout it from the rooftops. Just not yours.