In light of today’s historic news – (the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality, making marriage legal in all 50 states!) – today’s post is extremely special, and I’m holding back tears of incredible joy as I write this. I’m happy for all couples out there – regardless of your gender or sexual orientation – we all now have the human right to pursue joy, marriage and commitment equally. Hooray for America, and hooray for LOVE!
I’m especially ecstatic for this couple today. Juan and Raul are amongst my favorite clients ever, and I’m so honored they chose me to photograph their upcoming wedding this Fall. They have the kindest souls and the biggest hearts. We’ve met several times and each time we gather – I am astounded by their love for each other. Even though they’ve been engaged and wedding planning for a while before today’s ruling – it’s unfortunate that they’ve already encountered several stumbling blocks and prejudice from certain vendors.
Even though the road to their special day has not been smooth – they’ve taught me so much about patience, about understanding, teamwork, and the importance of a united front in the face of adversity. Raul is passionate and feisty (just like me!), and Juan is the epitome of calm and rational. As a couple – they gel so well. Raul was a little nervous during their engagement session, and Juan stepped up to the plate and made him feel so safe and secure. In turn, Raul became so much more confident and implemented many creative ideas and suggestions during the photo shoot! I see how perfect they are together, how they build each other up, and choose to love each other despite their differences. Isn’t that just incredibly beautiful? And isn’t that what love is about?! #lovewins
Okay I have to stop here and talk about their OUTFITS! They came up with the brilliant idea of renting top hats and black coat tails for their engagement session and we had a vintage inspired victorian era photo shoot! I love how timeless and unique these images are –and it doesn’t hurt that they are such handsome and charming fellas! I can’t wait to photograph these two grooms on their wedding day!
These few images at the end of this post really make my heart burst with joy! The tenderness and affection they have for each other is just indescribable. I hope these photos give you a glimpse into their sweet, sweet love.
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