Leah and Chloe met in June 2012 at an event during San Francisco Pride. Chloe was visiting from Montreal and, with her long bleach blonde hair and unique style, stood out to Leah immediately.
Leah walked up to Chloe to introduce herself and, according to Chloe, proceeded to dance around her flirting for the rest of the night.
The two exchanged numbers and Leah insisted on making sure they re-connected that same day.
Later that night when they found each other again it really was love at first (er, second) sight. Chloe and Leah spent ever day together for the remaining week of Chloe's stay in San Francisco, and barely two weeks later Chloe flew Leah to Montreal.
The two quickly fell in love, and that love proved strong enough to withstand a long-distance relationship for the following two years. They texted, face-timed and skyped constantly. They sent care packages. They flew back and forth between Quebec and California countless times. They lived in Chloe's flat in -0 degree winter, and 100+ degree summer. They squeezed into a tiny 275 square foot studio in SF. They persevered in the face of the odds presented to them. In October of 2014, Chloe and Leah travelled around the world together and decided that they were ready to build a home together.
Leah and Chloe settled in Los Angeles and eloped 2 months later at Beverly Hills City Hall surrounded by a few close friends, and the spirit of many fabulous people who were married there before them.
Their engagement was a process, a coming to terms, a commitment to committing. Chloe gave Leah a promise ring, Leah returned the gift with a matching band from the same vintage jeweler, and the two decided together when they were ready to take the next step. It was exactly 1 year from Chloe putting a feminist, queer ring on it until the day of their elopement.
The following year was occupied by settling into life together, and Chloe's immigration into the US. They decided to wait until September 2016 to have their dream Palm Springs wedding party.
All of this is to say, that they did everything on their own time, trusted in the process and believed that there is no right way get married.