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Engagement: Natalie & Susanna

From the couple:

How We Met
Natalie and Susanna met at the University of the Pacific after a Pep Band gig. Susanna was in charge of the instrument closet and was bringing Natalie’s roommate an instrument to borrow. For years Susanna thought she was carrying a tenor saxophone, and Natalie said it was a trombone. True to form, Natalie was right.

After a year of friendship, Natalie and Susanna started taking a music history course together on Romanticism. It was through that course and their camaraderie in their music fraternity that they began to fall in love. (It didn’t hurt that Susanna had to borrow Natalie’s textbook constantly either!)

At first it was a cute joke. Natalie soon become Susanna’s fake girlfriend because everything in the universe seemed to say they should be together. From their love of The Court Jester to sharing the same shoe size and a love of words and grammar, they seemed to be a perfect match.

Within a month of “fake dating” they realized that what they had was real, and with a bit of pushing from friends and some liquid courage they moved from “fake dating” to just dating.

The Proposal
Four years later, Susanna and Natalie knew that they both wanted to propose to each other, so they decided that one would go first, and the other would go right after. Like the planners they are, they decided they would go to University of the Pacific, where they first met, to propose. Conveniently, Susanna had a choir concert in Stockton the night of 9/24, so they went to Pacific after the concert. (Well, after they had a drink first so they weren’t as nervous…)

When they were “fake girlfriends,” Susanna would walk Natalie to her car after their Romanticism class. Susanna would even carry Natalie’s books for her while walking to her car! They went back to that classroom after 4 years of absence and started their walk. Most of what was said on the walk is now a blur, but the part Natalie remembers the most is when Susanna said, “When we were walking to your car 4 year ago, I had no idea that I was walking with my future wife.” She stopped walking, turned to Natalie and said, “Will you marry me?” And through much crying she said, “Yes! Of course!”

Then it was Natalie’s turn! She took Susanna on a walk to a beautiful part of campus called The Columns. It is a circle of Ionic columns, with circular benches all around. Natalie wanted to bring Susanna there because the architecture reminded her of their trip to Italy together, and how in love they felt there. She had always wanted to bring Susanna back to Rome to propose by the Pantheon, and the columns reminded her of their special place. She took out a card, and handed it to Susanna. The card talked about some of the themes from their Romanticism class, and how the music they listened to was circular in form, with no end, just like their relationship. At the end of the card, she wrote, “Will you marry me? Check yes or no!” Of course, she forgot to bring a pen! But Susanna had one and checked yes.

Photos courtesy of Bill Quinn Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA engagementPhotography: Bill Quinn Photography
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Engagement: Link & Lupe

From Erin, Link and Lupe’s photographer: Not too long ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting Link and Lupe for the first time. Referred by a mutual friend, they contacted me about photographing their engagement session, and intimate wedding to be held in Boston. Link and Lupe were planning to get married in Boston prior to their move to Massachusetts from California. So, after many emails back and forth, and a few phone calls, we had a plan! For their engagement session, we decided to meet up in Amherst, for coffee at Amherst Coffee HA!, because well, COFFEE!!! What followed was a stroll at the Emily Dickinson Museum, and then a gorgeous hike beside the river, and in the woods at The Robert Frost Trail.

The images captured during Link and Lupe’s engagement session, tell the story of the true, deep love that Link & Lupe share…you can see and feel their connection, their commitment to one another. From the gentle tenderness of a hand upon the skin, to that moment of lingering just before a kiss…it all says so much. This kind of deep love, this human connection is what I hope we are all able to find in this life. Thank you Link and Lupe!

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Event Credits

Location: Boston, MassachusettsPhotography: Erin Long Photography
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Engagement: Jenn & Allie

From the couple: Jenn & Allie met during a World Ready Women retreat at their alma mater eight years ago. After the weekend, they promised to hang out again. They finally hung out when they discovered they were going to be RAs together. During the first day of RA training, they snuck away and went to Starbucks together. From then on, they were inseparable BFFs. They took a thousand trips together, got their noses pierced, ate lunch together everyday, and even stood together side by side for over 12 hours to touch Kanye’s hand at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Allie went off to grad school at Duquesne while Jenn finished her last year at Chatham, and they were both super excited when Jenn got into The New School. Jenn moved to NYC, went to school and worked at Squarespace– and they visited each other *almost* every weekend. Jenn spent her summers in Pittsburgh and after the second summer decided that she didn’t want to be away from her BFF anymore. Jenn officially moved in with Allie and her sisters, spent every weekend with Allie, and found an amazing Pittsburgh job. Allie went to Ghana and started her PhD. One morning, Allie woke up and realized that she wanted to spend every day for the rest of her life with Jenn. She let her know, and they went and got iced soy lattes and walked around the reservoir to talk about it. So they decided to get a cute little red Prius and officially move in together. They’ve lived happily ever after with their Boston terrier Tulip ever since.

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For the engagement, Allie decided to plan a surprise proposal in Amsterdam during their long-awaited European frolic fest. She secretly got in touch with one of Jenn’s friends on Instagram to figure out the best place and a photographer. She also asked all of Jenn’s family and friends to send postcards with what they love about Jenn written on them. The ring was in hand, all she had to do was get her plan together!

On the morning of August 13 (we take our #sundaysareforlovers very seriously!) we were already running late to, what Jenn thought, was a lesiuresly stroll through the park. After finally getting on a train into Amsterdam from our hotel, the train stalled. It was after 10 already, and Allie had arranged for them to meet the photographer there without Jenn knowing. She was freaking out. But she had a plan on the fly.

Allie asked Jenn if she’d like any reading material for sitting on the train. She pulled out the postcard from Jenn’s mom and dad. They both started to cry (sorry to the woman sitting across from us on the train who probably had no idea what was going on!). Allie handed postcards from Jenn’s nephews, brother, and sister-in-law. By the time Jenn finished reading them, the train had arrived at the stop near the park.

After Jenn nearly got hit by a moped, they arrived at Vondelpark. Allie covertly got the signal from photographer extraordinaire, Nicole Olwagen, and simultaneously while following Nicole and leading Jenn without revealing who Nicole was, she started to hand more postcards from Jenn’s family and friends. Jenn and Allie floated to the spot where Nicole lead them, and Allie got down on one knee to ask Jenn to marry her.

After saying yes, and hugging each other, Jenn whispered to Allie that she thought someone was photographing them, and Allie revealed that it was in fact part of the plan, PHEW! Nicole lead Jenn and Allie around for a fabulous photo shoot, and after they enjoyed the biggest Dutch pancakes ever.

They celebrated one week of being engaged with an ultimate #sundaysareforlovers in Paris doing some of their favorite things: breakfast in bed listening to Ella, strolling the streets, and a picnic at the Eiffel Tower park with Allie reading Jenn French love poems. Their wedding is planned for summer 2019, ten years after meeting at Chatham University.

Photos courtesy of Nicole Olwagen.

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Event Credits

Location: Vondelpark in Amsterdam // Photographer: Nicole Olwagen
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Engagement: Sierra & Mallory

From Kaycee, Sierra & Mallory’s photographer: Sierra contacted me a month or so ago asking if I would be interested in shooting their proposal! I just about fell out of my chair!!! I have always, always wanted to photograph a proposal!! Sierra had just moved to Alberta so she could be with Mallory, and I learned more about their relationship over the phone. When I found out Sierra was a massage therapist, I booked an appointment (and consultation combo of course). After the massage, we walked around for over an hour, looking, scheming and planning it right down to the last detail! It was going to be the ultimate surprise, as Sierra said to me– “she will never see this coming!”. Here is their proposal story: 

First Picture
This was the first pose in!! I was so nervous!! I had on my ridiculously thick Roots hoodie with the ring box in the pocket. I’m sure it wasn’t noticeable, but I swear I had a sign on me that said LOOK AT THE SQUARE SHAPED BUMP IN MY POCKET!! I felt like that ringbox in my pocket was like a siren going off constantly.. or that I or that it was going to burn a hole through the pocket and wreck the surprise.. I was sweatin’ about it!! Haha!

Back to Back
This was our second pose in– Sierra wanted the proposal done right off the bat so she wouldn’t have to stress about it!! We planned  for me to wear a sweater on the day of the shoot, keep the ring box in my hoodie, get them into this pose and then “fix Sierra’s hair”. When I went up to Sierra, I handed her the ring box with my offhand so Mallory wouldn’t see it. For these 2 photos, Mallory has NO clue what is going on behind her!! Which is SO exciting!! (Ps Kaycee at this moment takes a big.WHEW, I DID IT AND DIDN’T WRECK THE SURPRISE) lol!

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After our “outside photoshoot” portion, Sierra and I were relieved that we had pulled it off!! The three of us chatted as we walked back into the house and Sierra remarked, “I’m so glad I got to you first. I was so worried that you would have got a ring and proposed first!” Mallory laughed with us and shrugged it off, all smiles… LITTLE DID WE KNOW…..

Second Proposal
THAT MALLORY HAD BOUGHT A RING AND WAS PLANNING ON PROPOSING DURING THE PHOTOSHOOT!!!!!!  I had no idea and didn’t realize that Mallory had disappeared once we got into the house.. Sierra and I were chatting away when Mallory came out of the bedroom with a box in her hand .. I turned around and Mallory was down on one knee proposing to Sierra!!!! Oh my gosh!!! There was a ton of joy in this room!!

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Mallory had planned on proposing during the photoshoot and was planning on doing it during the in-the-house portion!! So it was a DOUBLE proposal!!

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Photos courtesy of Kaycee Ann Photography. For even more proposal goodness, head on over to her blog post here.

Event Credits

Location: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada // Photographer: Kaycee Ann Photography
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Engagement: Allison & Tiffany

From the couple’s photographer, Cassandra: For Allison and Tiffany, it was love at first sight. Playful, lighthearted, and endlessly making one another laugh, these lovebirds infuse joy in all who surround them.

Our original plans to visit a Nashville park for Allison and Tiffany’s destination engagement were very much canceled when the skies opened up and it stormed the entire weekend. We moved our session to the gorgeous Gaylord Opryland Resort, which featured architectural details, palms, fountains, and even beautiful New Orleans-style buildings — which all made for the perfect location to celebrate their upcoming “I Do’s.” 

Photos courtesy of Cassandra Zetta.

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Event Credits

Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TNPhotography: Cassandra Zetta (www.cassandrazetta.com)
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Link Love: I Feel Love in This Chili’s Tonight

We’re back with more Link Love, an occasional feature where we celebrate something we love in the LBTQ+ wedding space!

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It’s finally Friday—and I’ve been waiting all week to share this Link Love because, really, how could we *not* let you know about this amazing couple and their Chili’s engagement shoot? Ashley and I love Chili’s so much that this winter, we celebrated our fifth (dating) anniversary with sizzlin’ fajitas—so it goes without saying that we were enthused by these adorable pictures of writer Krista Doyle (author of the book Does This Bible Belt Make Me Look Gay?) and her fiancee!

For more photos from this chips-and-salsa lovefest, head on over to The Advocate, and read about how Krista tweeted their photos to Chili’s and the chain responded with a special congratulatory gift. Pam Beasley would be proud, don’t you think?

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Look for Link Love every Friday through the end of August—and drop us a line if you have a suggestion for a featured link! 

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Engagement: Allison & Alex

From the lovely Cass, Allison & Alex’s photographer: From the moment I met Allison and Alex, I already adored them. They have a refreshing and captivating type of love—one that makes you feel incredibly lucky to witness. When they’re together, they get lost in each other’s eyes and words, and the world around them dissolves. They’re head-over-heels and absolute soulmates.

Allison and Alex initially bonded at breweries over craft beers, and their love blossomed on long shared hikes. And so, for their sweet summertime engagement, we ventured into the woods as the golden sun poured down upon us, and delighted in a joyful, laughter-filled hike.

Photos courtesy of Cassandra Zetta.

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Event Credits

Location: Cincinnati, OHPhotography: Cassandra Zetta (www.cassandrazetta.com)
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