Over the weekend, Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted into racially charged violence, with protesters and counter-protesters clashing during a white nationalist rally. In the wake of the deadly weekend—one counter-protester and two state troopers lost their lives while 19 were injured—members of the bridal industry took to social media with messages of peace and love.
Jewelry designer Anna Sheffield completed her photo with a caption that began “LOVE IS…the answer.”
Fashion designer Zac Posen posted this without a caption, sparking a flurry of hearts and "prayer hand" emojis in the comments.
Costume designer Ariyela Wald-Cohain—the brains behind the wedding dress in the film Naked—shared this Jimi Hendrix quote about love and peace, adding that the musician was a genius.
Fashion designer Naeem Khan posted this clip from the film The 10 Commandments.
Fashion designer Christian Siriano reposted this video of Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe. It had received nearly 85K views at the time of publication.
Florist Brown Paper Design posted this without a caption—and received well over 300 likes.
Photographer Logan Cole added in the comments, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” words from the final Facebook post of Heather Heyer, the 33-year-old woman who was killed in Charlottesville on Saturday when a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters.
Makeup artist Diti Devi shared this image with the simple caption “#resist.”
Photographer Osose Oboh shared this photo with a lengthy reflection on her thoughts after the weekend.
Brides columnist Lauren Conrad’s team posted this illustration with a message calling for love and compassion.
Megan Gray, founder and creative director of the Honey and Poppies floral design studio, reposted this stitched piece by Kate Madeira, a Nashville-based artist.
Bridal blog After the Aisle reposted this along with an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s iconic “And Still I Rise” poem.
However you decide to show your solidarity with Charlottesville, try to remember that love always trumps hate.