Collin and Kris’s wedding was one of the most special weddings to shoot to date. I’ve said this before in previous same-sex wedding blogs, but I just can’t help but catch ALL the feelings on days like theirs. Every detail felt so intentional and done with so much love and gratitude. Perhaps it’s that I had my own gay wedding and I know how it feels to feel SO grateful to be able to marry the person you love, legally and without shame in front of the people you love. Their wedding wasn’t any different; it was so perfect and filled with their love.
I met Collin and Kris through a conference called the Cultivating Change Summit, which promotes inclusion and diversity in agriculture. When I saw them at the last CC summit, they were the most adorable (un-engaged, or so I thought) couple. I asked them if we could do a little couples session just because I wanted to feature them in portfolio. They admitted to me that they had JUST gotten engaged but hadn’t told anyone yet. It goes without saying that their photos were SO joyful and adorable, especially with the knowledge that they were newly engaged. Because of our history together, I was SO excited and honored to be able to fly out to Oregon to shoot their wedding.
I’ll stop gushing about how sweet and deserving these two are of each other, so I’ll leave you with an excerpt from a Pablo Neruda poem that was read during their ceremony:
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.”