Renee and Mandy were married this past fall at the stunning Nestleton Waters Inn.. post to follow. Late in the summer we met up for their engagement shoot. I’ll be completely transparent as I write this blog post. When you’re a preferred vendor at some locations, many times, I don’t even meet my clients prior to doing their engagement shoot/wedding which was much the same for this couple. As we began contacting each other about getting their engagement shoot done, I quickly realized that they were not my typical bride and groom, and in fact they were two brides.. this would mark my very first lesbian wedding. Now, after shooting a couple of them now, the question begs, is it a lesbian/gay wedding or just a wedding? Do we put labels on normal weddings? If not, why do we feel the need to do it with these couples? So, anyways.. off I go to shoot their engagement shoot not sure of what to expect or how comfortable/uncomfortable I’d feel as this was my first time.
The shoot began, and I quickly fell in love with these two girls, their personalities were so fun, loving, down to earth, relaxed, and most of all.. CHILL! I can’t even begin to describe how much fun it was shooting these two, and their photos were a true representation of just how relaxed and in love they are! As I kept shooting, I envisioned in my head what they’d look like on their wedding day, and how much fun I was going to have, which essentially was exactly how their wedding day turned out.. stunning, and so so much fun!
So back to this whole lesbian/gay topic. I’m not out to start any controversy.. just to share a bit of light from my neck of the woods. I grew up in a small town, and live in an even smaller one now. Needless to say, throughout my childhood/early adult years, this was something I only heard about from the media, friends, etc. As I entered a career in the arts and entertainment industry several years ago, it became more and more prevalent as I met hundreds if not thousands of people from all races, and backgrounds every weekend. I saw more and more gay and lesbian couples at weddings, and while i was shooting in the city. I had never imagined that one day I would have the pleasure of shooting one, and hopefully many more of their weddings. I personally know many photographers out there that would steer clear of shooting a wedding like this, whether it’s something to do with their beliefs, being uncomfortable, or entering into a realm of their personal unknown.. either way, everyone has the right to make decisions for their business, just as they do for their lives, much like Renee and Mandy chose to marry each other.
I can’t thank these two amazing ladies enough for allowing me to be such a huge part of their special day, and giving me an insight and a level of complete comfort with this as I move on with my business and continue to shoot any client that comes through my door. I loved working with you two and can’t wait to see you again at some of my future weddings!
Here’s a quick little preview from their engagement session, and I will be posting their wedding very soon, so stay tuned!