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"Time betrays a love,

shows you what it is made of,

highlights its value."

— Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson

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Rob had just moved to Philadelphia and was looking for a fun way to meet other LGBTQ people, so he joined an LGBTQ+ soccer club, the Philadelphia Falcons, and signed up for their “Outfest” weekend soccer tournament. Johnny had been a member of the club for about a year and had also signed up for the tournament, after a knee injury had kept him sidelined for a few months. Johnny learned early in the day that his knee injury wasn’t healed completely and would require surgery, but he decided to stick around and socialize—and he couldn’t keep his eyes off Rob. Rob noticed the handsome man stealing glances out of the corner of his eye. We introduced ourselves afterwards and fell right into easy conversation. Rob had to leave shortly thereafter for a month of outdoor survival training in Washington State (in the middle of November!), but we kept our conversation going and discovered each other’s sincerity and warmth.

What about the proposal?

We had both started to think and talk (in a roundabout way) about marriage for a few weeks, when Rob, who is an Air Force pilot, was deployed to the Middle East. We continued the discussion while he was gone, but we could only talk intermittently, so Johnny planned a getaway for when Rob came home. It was winter, the ground was heavy with snow, and we stayed in this charming little cabin with a fireplace at a rural bed-and-breakfast. Over dinner, we took the time to discuss what marriage meant to each of us individually and what kind of future we were interested in. Neither of us got down on one knee, but we did both ask each other: Will you marry me? And we both said yes!

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

It’s hard to pinpoint a moment—we both just fell in love with each other’s sincerity and kindness as we continued spending time together. And we spent most of our time together from very early on. But Johnny likes to tell this one anecdote that happened shortly after we had first met: Johnny had an appointment and was planning to Uber home due to his knee injury, but Rob offered to pick him up. Johnny felt a little awkward, but accepted the offer. On the way home, Rob offered to stop and help Johnny get groceries. Rob ended up pushing Johnny around ShopRite on this dilapidated, barely-functional wheelchair cart. Johnny couldn’t stop laughing the whole time, thinking “This handsome man I barely know is pushing me around a grocery store on this janky cart and he’s cool as a cucumber about it, as if it’s the most expected thing in the world…he’s my kind of person.”

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

We knew that we wanted a wedding that we felt represented us and our relationship. Since we were paying for the wedding ourselves, we also knew that we could invite precisely who we wanted to. Neither of us had a grand vision for what our dream wedding would be, so we focused more on making decisions that were meaningful to us, like having a part in the ceremony to join together everyone that was present with us.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

Rob was surprised at how many people don’t RSVP on time or at all. Johnny was not surprised by that. We were surprised at how smoothly the planning went for us. We found our photographer, venue, and caterer early on in the process and from there we didn’t stress to much over details. There were stressful moments, but overall we had fun with it!

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

There were some extended family members that didn’t attend due to disagreements about us getting married, but they also didn’t RSVP. We wish we had known sooner how they felt so that we could have invited more people that we knew would have loved to join us in celebration.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

We would say try not to get too stressed about the little details. Rob had some of his stressful moments, but we always talked about it and always worked towards getting back on the same page. Try to find small ways to get your friends involved. Nobody wants to burden their friends with a lot of work, but having people help with things and give their input was mutually honoring and made the whole experience more communal. Lastly, remember that you are queer and your ceremony can be however you want it to be. There is nothing that your wedding needs to conform to, so make it authentically you.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Honestly, our entire wedding day was simply too amazing to have one favorite part! We really loved having our closest friends, who are family to us, involved in the ceremony. We loved all the little moments—like dancing with our niece in the elevator, or the quiet moment alone together between the ceremony and the reception. We loved having enough time to mill about the reception catching up with people, and we also loved having enough time to let loose and dance with everyone.

Rob: Gray Suit

Johnny: Burgundy Suit

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Golden Hour

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You know that moment when the sun starts to set and sky is on fire with brilliant shades of orange and pink? We call that golden hour and it's one of our very favorite things about summer.

As we say good-bye to summer season that looked much different than we expected it to, we wanted to wrap up with a few golden hour photos that will surely make you feel the warmth of the setting sun! (Just remember this post when the snow starts falling.)

Photo Credits:

Megan Ewing Carley Jayne Photography

Michael Farmer Photography | Cassie Rosch

Sebastien Bicard | Thompson Photography Group

C10 StudiosPaige Nelson Photography

Meredith McKee Photography | Eloping Is Fun

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Sneak Peek
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A Thought For Thursday
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The book of love is long and boring

No one can lift the damn thing

It's full of charts and facts and figures

And instructions for dancing

But I

I love it when you read to me

And you

You can read me anything

The book of love has music in it

In fact that's where music comes from

Some of it is just transcendental

Some of it is just really dumb

But I

I love it when you sing to me

And you

You can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring

And written very long ago

It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes

And things…

Peter Gabriel

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