Women at the Helm 2015

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Creator and Founder, Same Love, Better Wedding

Gioia means joy in Italian, and that’s exactly what Gioia Grabos strives to provide with Same Love, Better Wedding, a wedding planning business catering to the LGBT community. It was inspired, in part, by the wedding of her friend, Davide, and his partner, Chad. “I wanted to celebrate their love, pride and right to have a wedding just like everyone else; actually, I wanted them to have a better wedding than everyone else!” she writes on the company’s website. Before organizing unforgettable LGBT weddings, Grabos also enjoyed a successful career in the fashion industry, working for Max Mara, Loro Piana and Brioni. “I strongly believe in luxury, specifically the luxury of being ourselves and expressing our unique sense of style. From my perspective, luxury is any jolt of beauty or wonder that reminds us to love the life we are living, not simply to live it. After all, my motto is: ‘Life must be celebrated, life must be danced!’’’