Welllll helllllo there.
I have been waiting to write this blog post for a long, long time. My last wedding of the season just happened to be the one that I was looking forward to the most all year. I love all of my weddings and I am pretty much weirdly in love with and harboring a crush on pretty much all of my clients so to say that I am looking forward to one wedding over another isn’t really accurate. But Tyler and John’s wedding was special and I am completely fine with admitting that there wasn’t a single second of it that I wasn’t loving the hell right out of it.
There are so many reasons that this day and this celebration was special. But the top two would be Tyler and John. These two men have a way of bringing out the ABSOLUTE BEST in the people that surround them. I was so looking forward to being the one to capture their love and their day and I feel honored that they chose me to photograph the most important day of their life. I love that they got married. I love that we are living in a place and a time that they can and even though marriage equality has a way to go in this country, I love that the path we are on is the right one and I love that I walk proudly down it next to some of my best friends in the world and next to these two amazing men.
While everyone who is lucky enough to be near Tyler and John get the benefit of their humor, their generosity and their kindness they are 100% a product of their two amazing families and getting to share time with them on that day in November was moving. As a parent, the only thing that you want is for your kids to be safe, to be happy and not to hurt. You want to know, at the end of the day, that you did all you could to set them free to be who they are with all of the tools they need to stay safe, happy and not to hurt. The tears of pride that rolled down Tyler’s dad’s face as he watched his son stand in front of all of the people who mattered most and marry the man of his dreams were a confirmation of all the hard work that he did as a parent. I have to imagine that it wasn’t always easy for Tyler and John, I may be wrong, but I think that their had to be some hurt in becoming the confident, successful men that they are today. And I have to imagine that as their parents, there had to be hurt knowing that they couldn’t shield and protect their children from that pain. That their kids had to walk the road and that the only thing they could do was give them the tools to navigate through a world where there is still, sadly, ignorant discrimination against PEOPLE (because everyone who is gay is a PERSON for the love of God and all things holy) who are gay. Watching Tyler and John’s parents watch their boys get married..to be safe in the fact they their children are whole and confident and in love and will be forever..was touching. I felt so overjoyed for them..to know that, yes. They did it. Their babies are safe, and happy and they don’t hurt. It is all you can ask for as a parent and they nailed it.
I have honestly never seen a couple with the ability to make people as HAPPY as Tyler and John do. When you are near them you just want to be HAPPY..they bring that out in people and that is pretty freaking amazing, if you ask me. I consider them my friends and knowing that there is a possibility that I will cross their mind in the years and lifetime that they have together when they look at their wedding pictures makes me feel good. My little internal cup was running over the entire day and I feel that that was pretty much the feeling of everyone who was their to celebrate with Tyler and John. It was so much more than a wedding. It was a CELEBRATION and it made me thank my lucky stars that I get to do what I do for a living.
John is on the left and Tyler is on the right. God, I miss them.
Tyler’s 1,000 watt smile. It lights up a room.
SO. IN. LOVE. WITH. THIS. PICTURE.
Looking good, John.
We went for a walk around the block before the sun disappeared all together. My favorite way to shoot. I am so in love with what we got that day.
Ah!! My favorite!!
Ah! My other favorite!
I am madly in love with Tyler’s dad Mitch. Such a great person.
Their details were awesome.
Dear God, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make it so that my boys love me as much as John and Tyler love their mothers. Thank you in advance, Rachel
Friggin BEST. PARTY. EVER.
This cracks me up.
John’s awesome mom is named Gloria. So, naturally they had the DJ play “Gloria” which, I have decided should be a wedding requirement, like cutting the cake or saying I Do.
That is my Ashley and Dan on the right. I shot their wedding 3 years ago (gak! my life is flashing before my eyes). It was so good to see them.
Thank you 1 million times. Thank you for letting me be a part of this amazing celebration. I am borderline frighteningly obsessed with you both and I hope that I haven’t scared you off and that you will still get drinks with me every now and then.
CONGRATULATIONS!! xo, Rachel