When an Arizona couple couldn't find a same-sex Barbie wedding set, they crafted a set of their own. And now, the move may have inspired Mattel — the toy giant behind Barbie — to reconsider their offerings.
According to Good Morning America, Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio are planning to wed next year, and have tapped their two nieces to serve as flower girls. One of them, Natalie, was celebrating a birthday in early December, and her uncles wanted to get her something special to commemorate the occasion. "Like any good Uncle —or #Guncle —would do," Jacobi told Good Morning America, "I went out to look for a meaningful birthday present. She loves Barbies, playing with her dolls, etc, just like any other kid. In honor of our upcoming wedding, I wanted to give her something related to the wedding but also something she would enjoy."
He stumbled upon near-perfect gift — a Barbie wedding set — but there was one problem: It wasn't representative of what his wedding would look like. "So, I came across the Mattel/Barbie 'Wedding Set!' It was almost perfect, two flower girls, a cake, and all, but, only a bride and groom were available."
So, Jacobi decided to take matters into his own hands and create a same-sex wedding set, complete with two grooms, which he gifted to Natalie on December 8th. In a home video of Natalie opening the set, per Good Morning America, she exclaims, "They look exactly like you!"
Jacobi subsequently posted a photo of the custom set to Instagram, calling on Mattel to consider expanding their offerings to be more inclusive. "We had a difficult time finding a same sex wedding set to give to my niece for her 8th birthday. She and her little sister are flower girls in our upcoming May wedding. We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it. What a bummer you don’t make one with two grooms. Anyway, we had to get creative and make a couple purchases. I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a #GayWedding set! 🌈," he wrote.
Upon seeing the post, Mattel reached out to the couple to set up meetings with the head of Barbie design, as well as their design and marketing teams. "Thank you everyone for all your support," Jacobi wrote on Instagram upon sharing the news. "I promise to keep you posted every step of the way. Let’s get a same sex wedding set made!"
Jacobi and Caprio have been together for 12 years, and will be married in May, 2019.
Photo courtesy of Instagram/@MattJacobi