Tell us your love story!
We met in Sydney, Australia in 2009 at a local pub – we had bumped into each other a few times and finally got around to talking!
What about the proposal?
I (James) proposed to Al while we were away for the weekend on the south coast. It was forecast to rain in early afternoon, so I suggested to take a walk with some champagne and cheese around 11am. He thought it was odd to start drinking before noon- but went along with it anyway. I popped the question and then the champagne just before the rain set in the rest of the weekend.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
We knew early that this was a special and long-term thing and talked about getting married “some day” quite early in the relationship.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
We had a long lead-time (18 months) and were able to visit the venue roughly 12 months prior to meet vendors and explore the area.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We did lots of research and spoke to many recently married friends so I feel like we went into it knowing as much as we needed to. The rest goes to chance!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Take a step back and don’t stress so much about the small stuff. It’ll all work out and if it doesn’t then you’ll be the only one who notices – guests always tend to have fun.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
The recovery party on the following day. Relaxed, married and poolside!
friendly folks that we have. We love them, but what we really want is for YOU to love them!
This month, we asked Kenzie, of Kenzie Kate Photography what makes them tick and this is what they said:
Hi! My name is Kenzie, I'm based in LA (but down to travel any and all places!) and have been documenting weddings for 8 years now.
I didn't become a wedding photographer because i'm obsessed with the wedding industry---I'm here because I am passionate about people, community, celebration, and the many different forms that love takes. I photograph because this is what we get, at the end of the day, to remember it all.
I photograph with a photo-journalistic eye, and my hope is that my images evoke the exact emotions that folks felt on their wedding day--the PURE FUN, the nerves, the complexities, the tears, the human-ness. I photograph things up close, as they happen, and in a way that reflects who a couple is. (AKA: let's make photography as pain-free as possible!! As unposed and non-cheesy and fun as it should be!!)
As a queer woman, I understand even more the importance of story, of representation, resilient love, chosen communities, and the weightiness of something like a wedding. I love working with queer folk because I love our community, I love celebrating our community, and I love being able to relate to queer couples on a different level. I feel very, very lucky to document the love that is all around us!