From The Editor: The Road Goes Ever On

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Even though this time of the year would normally be jam-packed with beautiful wedding celebrations, the specter of COVID-19 has made it a lot harder for couples to plan and especially execute their special day. A lot of couples have been forced to either scale down their ceremonies dramatically, or even reschedule them altogether.

Luckily, while we’re waiting for this virus to get the eff out of here—by way of social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing proper hygiene—it doesn’t mean that spouses-to-be can’t plan ahead for their day of wedded bliss once they have a proper opportunity to finally tie the knot.

Behold! Our 2020 Wedding Style issue offers up some great resources for prepping your wedding day fashion, catering, and more. We interview the amazingly talented St. Paul-based fashion designer Victor Farmah about his eclectic FRIKA brand; we profile Sawatdee and their enticing catering services perfect for any reception; and we get to know Adam Hirsch of MNiCards, whose printable delights are incredibly suitable for your wedding invites.

On top of that, Mike Marcotte highlights One Voice Mixed Chorus for his latest Serve Our Society; Steve Lenius’ Leather Life returns for part one of a socially important two-parter with Twin Cities Spectrum; and Randy Stern returns with a brand new Our Rides covering the wonders of electric vehicles.

And now, for some bittersweet news: you hold in your hands the final issue overseen by your friendly neighborhood Managing Editor Chris Tarbox. For nearly three years, I have been incredibly proud to captain this ship, and although I’m excited for new frontiers in my career, there’s no lack of sadness in stepping away from a publication that has allowed me to meet amazing people, cover amazing stories, and highlight this beautiful LGBTQ community.

I want to thank Stephen Rocheford for giving me this fantastic opportunity. I want to thank the staff at Lavender and all of my extremely talented writers for being one hell of a team. And I want to thank you, our fabulous readers, for being on this journey with me every step of the way. Finally, I ask all of you to warmly welcome Lavender‘s newest Managing Editor, Ryan Patchin! Ryan—whose first full issue will hit stands July 30—is an incredible writer with a deep background in editing and creative writing, and I know that he’ll do a spectacular job helming this publication.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, take care of yourselves, never stop fighting for this community, and Excelsior!

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