When two beautiful women fall madly in love
Pioneers Park, Lincoln, Nebraska – Elopement
A few weeks ago I received the most incredible wedding inquiry from Valerie. She filled out our “contact us” form flawlessly, filled with beautiful words and the most incredible story of her and Whitney’s love. Anybody that knows Janine and I knows that we’re SUCKERS for a love story, so theirs had me from the get-go. The only problem was that their wedding date conflicted with another wedding we had on the calendar. To say I was devastated is an understatement. You just don’t get a love story like theirs on the regular, and asked to document it. I drove Janine crazy hashing out with her how I could possibly make it work to shoot both weddings on the same day, and alas, it was impossible. It was hard for me to come to terms with it…I had felt such a connection with these two women and I had simply received an inquiry for them. So I sent them an email back telling them how devastated I was that I couldn’t shoot the wedding for them, sent them some fabulous recommendations, and a “if you get a wild hair and change the date, be sure to let me know” NEVER expecting a response. The next day I got an email back from Valerie basically saying they’ve changed their date…they’ve waited too long for this day…what day works for you…let’s find a remote spot in Lincoln and will you sign as a witness. WHAT?! This. Literally. Happened.
So 3 weeks later, I drove to Seward, Nebraska on a Thursday evening where Valerie and Whitney secretly got ready in their home, away from each other. They were shouting from across the house, reading promises to each other separated by a door frame, and calling their parents to tell them they were getting married. I drove Valerie to Pioneers Park in Lincoln, Nebraska and we walked down a closed off road where she waited for Whitney to arrive and see her for the first time. There were tears and laughter and a rush of emotions enveloped just for them. They walked down to a little pond where a judge and his wife met them, and he married them right there on the spot. Just us. Just them. It was quiet and calm…the birds and bees as our orchestra. There were deep breaths of nerves and excitement…tears of joy and love…and it was perfect. Whitney surprised Valerie by playing their song on her phone in her pocket so they could have an official first dance right then and there. The night was perfect. The ceremony was perfect. They were perfect.
Valerie and Whitney, I honestly can’t thank you enough for choosing me to be a part of this. Being a part of an evening and wedding that was solely about you guys was simply amazing. It’s crazy how I feel like I’ve known you guys for years and I’m so thankful that I can now call you friends. I wish you the happiest life together. You’re an example to many. My heart is bursting at the seams. <3
* Believe it or not, I actually have a “Photography Bucket List”…and I’m checking things off left and right. “Be an official witness” has been on my list for a long time, and I actually got to be one! I told them I would only do it if we could take a selfie afterwards. It’s a crap selfie, but hey…I got what I wanted. :) And I was honored.