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Michael Title_key Charlie

Engagement
gallery Mar 15 2017
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From the photographer:

I met Charlie and Michael via Skype from their home in Chicago and we knew we'd be a good fit for each other for their Labor Day weekend wedding. We weren't sure if we'd be able to fit in an engagement session before the big day, but thankfully, the two of them planned a trip down to Colorado in June and we had the chance to hang out for a few hours.

We started the session exploring down by the Gore Creek in downtown Vail, which was raging from the spring snow melt. After we wrapped in Vail, we drove a few miles down the road to Eagle River Preserve, a little known hiking area with paths winding along the Eagle River and beautiful sweeping Colorado views.

I had a fantastic time hanging out with Charlie and Michael, getting to know each other, and we all left the session extremely excited for their wedding day in September.

I chose this quote to represent the couple:

"We chase the melodies that seem to find us

Until they’re finished songs and start to play

When senseless acts of tragedy remind us

That nothing here is promised, not one day…

…We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;

We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer

And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside…

…Now fill the world with music, love and pride”

-Lin-Manuel Miranda  

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Ryan Title_key Colby

Engagement
gallery Mar 8 2017
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Ryan and I met just over two years ago online. We chatted for a week or so and decided to meet up. We had an instant connection. For me, I was meeting a man who wanted all the same things I did. He wanted a family and to settle down, but at the same time, we could go out and have a blast too. A social chameleon with goals and aspirations. It was all over from that moment. We moved in together in April of 2015 with our dogs and our best friend, Derek, and have created a little family for ourselves. Ryan proposed on my very first cruise, which was actually a work function of mine. Everyone in our 20 person group knew, except me. So, the first night on the bow of the ship, under all the stars, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a dream! We couldn't be happier! On March 4th, we will be continuing the journey that is the rest of our lives together. We will continue building our life and realizing our dreams.

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Katie Title_key Emma

Engagement
gallery Feb 15 2017
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The story so far:

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and is widely regarded as a bad move." (Douglas Adams)

Luckily, it was all made worth it about 13.7 billion years later, in 1843, when a French woman named Ada Lovelace created the world's first computer algorithm which meant that Alan Turing could invent the first computer in 1937 giving Tim Berners-Lee (and possibly Al Gore? We're not sure what that's about) the platform to create the world wide web in 1989 and put Hedy Lamarr's 1942 code skipping technology to good use in the form of wifi all so that in 2014 board game enthusiast and Atlanta resident Katie Ryan could peruse internet dating phenomenon OkCupid with ease, allowing her to message the cutie in the sunglasses with the exciting opening line "You have probably the best "About Me" section in the world. Love it." #romance.

Meanwhile also-Atlanta resident Emma Marticke was most likely watching 30 Rock and eating ice cream in bed because she's a damn adult and can do what she pleases-when a little notification popped up. Responding positively to compliments of any kind, noting that Katie's height was in her desired range, and agreeing that her profile was indeed "the best" so at least this girl must have good judgment, Emma responded.

They talked for quite a while, Emma being careful not to tie everything to a Harry Potter reference ("I have a bit of a soft spot for Harry Potter..." "Oh me too" "No...you don't understand"), Katie seriously over-estimating Emma's importance ("Please find whoever you need to talk to about getting some news on CNN other than the plane"). They paid each other awkward compliments ("You have nice eyes" "Thanks. I like the way your face is") You know, typical flirty banter. They finally made plans to get slushies in the park on their lunch break. It was hot out. Emma pretended it was fine. Katie's teeth turned blue. Emma got sunburned through her sweater. They high-fived. It was love.

A few years and two rings later, their relationship has only gotten better. Emma got Katie to start salting her food. Katie taught Emma how to play Backgammon. Emma introduced Katie to the wonders of year-round air conditioning, and Katie even managed to get Emma out of the house a few times during the summer (Emma still gets sunburned too easily, but luckily Katie is there waiting with aloe and a soft blanket).

They have been through good times (eating cookie cake), very good times (eating a cookie cake with m&ms baked in), and some tough times too (the time Great American Cookie Company forgot to bake in the m&ms), but all in all, they could not be more excited to spend the rest of their lives together, drinking blue slushies, arguing about the thermostat, and high-fiving for eternity.   

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Tara Title_key Sarah

Engagement
gallery Dec 21 2016
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Sarah and I met through mutual friends at Capital Pride in 2014. We were both going through a transition period - new jobs, graduation, moving - and quickly became friends. Despite living pretty far apart, we kept finding reasons to be together. Sarah pretended to enjoy watching the World Cup and I pretended to enjoy sitting at the bar waiting for her shift to end. By the fall, we officially began dating, much to the dismay of her 6 year old Akita mix, August.

I come from a pretty small family where my 22-year-old brother is the youngest around. Up until meeting Sarah, I had spent a very limited time with little kids. So when Sarah invited me to her nephew's first birthday, I had no idea what to expect. I'm not sure she knows this, but that day is when I knew I wanted to marry her. I was incredibly overwhelmed and spent most of the afternoon sitting in a corner talking with her siblings. But seeing Sarah with her family was something I can't explain.

In most ways, Sarah and I are complete opposites. I am extraordinarily competitive and played sports my entire life. While she tolerates my need to compete, Sarah's interest and talents are in the arts. She has a love for photography and creating new things. I am an early riser while she is...not. I NEED to get to places early while if she is only 15 minutes late it is a win. Despite these differences, we work. No one has ever made me happier or truly accepted me for my quirks. I couldn't ask for more in a partner and am incredibly excited to share forever together.

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Katie Title_key Lesley

Engagement
gallery Dec 7 2016
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Tell us your love story!

We met on a ski trip at Mount Snow in Vermont. A mutual friend introduced us because we were both training for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Ironically, we had been in the same circle of friends and played in the same flag football league for about five years, but we didn’t meet each other until the timing was right. That ski day was rained out, which allowed us to spend the day chatting and discovering our shared love of food, especially sweet potato fries. Lesley was completely oblivious to Katie’s interest in her until we met on the dance floor at an 80’s party later that night. We ending up talking the entire bus ride home the following day and haven’t gone a day without speaking since. We kicked off our engagement shoot at the Boston Marathon Finish Line to commemorate our love story starting with the Boston Marathon.     What about the proposal?

Katie proposed to Lesley where we had our first kiss: The Federal Reserve. Admittedly not the most romantic spot, but it’s meaningful to us. Katie started that day by waking Lesley up with breakfast in bed followed by a Boston date day. We walked around, did some shopping, and ate dinner at the same restaurant where we had our first date. After dinner, Katie steered Lesley back to our first kiss spot where she got down on one knee, told Lesley she was the love of her life, and asked for her hand in marriage. Lesley said “yes” while overjoyed with tears.

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

Well… Katie knew almost immediately, but then had to work months to build Lesley’s trust. Besides running, food, and skiing, we also share a love of live music. We attended many concerts together in our first year of dating, but spending the weekend singing and dancing at the Boston Calling Music Festival was all Lesley needed to know that Katie was a keeper.

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

We’re both really into cars. Lesley loves American classics and has a ’69 Ford Mustang that will be integrated into our wedding. Katie is more into German automotive engineering. Katie took Lesley to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum for Lesley’s birthday. We absolutely fell in love with the museum and the beautiful grounds surrounding it. We knew we wanted to get married there before we were even engaged and can’t wait to say “I do” in September 2017.    

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Kyle Title_key Zabrian

Engagement
gallery Nov 30 2016
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How did you start dating?

Z: Kyle and I started dating after about six years of knowing one another. We began dating my senior year of college, after I had just come back from studying abroad in France. I messaged him asking him when I was taking him to dinner.

K: Its true. Zabrian basically told me where and when we were getting dinner, to which I happily agreed, and we’ve been together ever since.

How did you know that your partner was the right one for you?

Z: He was different. Kyle was quiet, shy, reserved, and very caring. These were all qualities that told me that he was going to care about me, just as much as I’d care about him.

K: Even before we became a couple, he knew exactly what he wanted. I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck for our date, and barely spoke a sentence. Still to this day I get teased because when I met him at dinner all I could muster out of my mouth was “Hey bud”. To this day he will tag things with #YouHadMeSinceHeyBud. I needed a partner who could dish it out as well as I can, and could be charming and funny about it simultaneously, and thankfully, he was determined to get that dinner.

What have you learned from your fiancé?

Z: I’ve learned that it is okay to do things to make yourself happy, even if it isn’t favorable to everyone else. Also, when you take him on road trips, he still needs juice to drink and gummy candies to eat.

K: I’ve learned to trust. Not just any trust, but the kind that people brag about in whirlwind romances. The kind where you can show all your flaws and mishaps, and he will help me learn from them all. Its never a competition, or a blame game, but an opportunity for us to grow as a couple. He showed me that love is real, and that you can give a person every ounce of your soul, and they’ll protect it forever.

How would you describe the dynamic of your relationship?

Z: Magnetic, because even though sometimes we are at opposite sides of the spectrum, we come together for a common goal. Understanding, because we have both had different world experiences, and we take the time to appreciate the differences in those experiences. Honest, because we are not afraid to talk to one another about anything.

K: Flirty, because one us is constantly trying to flirt with the other, with varying degrees of successes. Reassuring, because even when the flirting doesn’t work, we convince the other that we really do love one another. Comical, because there is truly never a dull day in our household. Even on the days where we literally get to wakeup together, then lay back in bed at night, there are always laughs filling our house.

What are you most looking forward to as a couple?

Z: Having something that is exclusively ours. Owning our first home. Looking at successes and failures, and reflecting upon all the time we’ve had together. Growing old.

K: Becoming parents. After our wedding in December, we will begin the long journey of surrogacy. My biggest goal in life is to be a father. I can’t wait for all the milestones that a child will bring into our life, and the memories that will flood our home together.    

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Josh Title_key Jonny

Engagement
gallery Nov 9 2016
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The couple live and work in Downtown LA and will be marrying there as well. The wedding will take place in January 2017 at the modern, and oh so chic City Club of Los Angeles, 51 floors above the sparkling city. The views at night are magnificent.

Photographer Kristina Lee took Josh and Jonny all around the city to their favorite (and the city's most popular) spots! They took shots on the gritty street, on spectacular rooftops and in some very formal eateries. Each area required costume changes that reflect the unique style of these gents. But most importantly their personalities and love for each other shine through in the images. These two are so in love and I know that others will feel it and be inspired to bring a personal approach to their own engagement sessions.

Here are a few words from the couple:

Josh and Jonny met in the fall of 2011 at a mutual friend's party. Josh had seen Jonny out but was never introduced, at the party they became friendly. The next day Josh connected with Jonny via Facebook and a week later they were sitting at Bottega Louie on their first date. Three years into their relationship Josh and Jonny took a trip to Seattle for their anniversary. Josh planned months in advance hiring a local photographer to capture the moment and making arrangements to be at Kerry Park at sunset. Jonny had no clue and it was perfect! They will be married on January 7, 2017, their 5th year anniversary at the City Club Los Angeles, overlooking the city they love.  

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Trace Title_key Andrew

Engagement
gallery Oct 19 2016
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How We Met:

Our story is a bit unconventional, but we would have it no other way. We met in October of 2010 at a dive bar on karaoke night — one of the few places that we were likely to have ever connected. At the time, Trace was working as a host at Chili's while finishing his undergraduate degree, and his coworkers Lisa (one of the wedding attendants) and Steve (the officiant) convinced him to go to Bout Time — an admittedly dingy hole-in-the-wall with a LOT of personality, to say the least. Andrew, who was working as an event specialist at a catering company, attended the same bar for the first time while actually on date with someone else (go figure). As luck would have it, mutual friends of his date knew mutual friends of Trace’s and the two began to frequent karaoke night weekly within this social group, though never really interacting. Truth be told, when we met we did not hit it off right away; Andrew found Trace to be extremely cute, but also extremely loud and obnoxious. Trace was still living the college life, after all. Though we eventually began to draw closer to each other thanks to a mutual love of horror movies, it took some serious work before Trace could convince Andrew to take their relationship from casual hangouts to official dating status. Many karaoke outings and movie nights later, Andrew finally agreed to make things official with Trace on April 11, 2011. Naturally, our first official date as a couple was a trip to the movies three days later to see Scream 4, an appropriately planned event since we both held an undying adoration for the Scream series and had bonded over it many times before. From there, we began a long and oft adventurous journey of courtship. Our years have been filled with laughs and fights, steak dinners and bottles of wine, TV binge nights and film festivals, and— above all — growth and love. Our mutual decision to solidify our partnership for life was made a reality when Trace proposed on January 31, 2016.

The Proposal from Trace's Point of View:

So, I had to be the one to propose because Andrew had always requested that I be the one to do it. I’m the less romantic of the two and am generally pretty terrible at sentimental moments. I’m just a little awkward. Because of this, Andrew thought it would be more romantic and meaningful if I faced my insecurities and be the one to take that leap since he had already made it clear that he would say yes. It took about two more years(!) for me to get up the nerve to propose.

It took me a while to finalize a plan. A major contender was setting up a puppy play date with a friend and attaching the ring to our dog’s collar before sending him into Andrew’s arms. I eventually decided that was too complicated and decided to use a colleague from my work in the event industry to surprise him. I contacted my friend Brittany, a photographer, and asked her to text both Andrew and me and ask us if we would model for a mock engagement shoot. This made sense because, with the recent Supreme Court rulings, everyone in the industry was trying to get more marketing materials with same-sex couples. Andrew bought into the idea and agreed to do it to help Brittany out.

There were some hurdles along the way. I bought the ring right before Christmas but was told I was going to have to wait six weeks for it to come in. At that point I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to wait until after our annual Mardi Gras trip in February to propose. We set a date for mid-February. As fate would have it, I got a call in mid-January informing me that the ring had come in, a mere three weeks after I bought the ring. Wanting to propose before our trip, Brittany and I scrambled and we set a date for January 31st. Unfortunately, when we mentioned this to Andrew we learned that he had already made plans with a friend for the same day. I immediately contacted that friend and told her my plan and ordered her to cancel her plans with Andrew. She obliged. We were set for January 31st so I picked the location: a levy behind the first apartment complex we lived at together.

On the big day, we arrived with our dog Coach McGuirk (aka the cutest dog in the world). We met up with Brittany and her assistant, but I said I forgot my sunglasses and wanted to run back to my car to get them. Her assistant followed me and I grabbed the ring box from the car and handed it to him. Finally, the shoot began. After spending about 45 minutes taking a few shots in different areas (it was surprisingly hot, even for January), Brittany told us that she wanted to get a shot of a faux proposal (this was my idea) and handed me the ring box. While doing this, she told me that it was grandmother's ring so be very careful with it, (that was her idea) in order to sell the idea even further. I was visibly nervous but I think Andrew was so annoyed with the heat that he couldn’t tell. I then got down on one knee and said, "Andrew, I know you think this is fake, but it's actually real. Andrew Steven Arriaga, will you marry me?" It took Andrew a second to realize that I was serious, and he just stood there for a minute before finally (finally) saying yes! We kissed and hugged and I drove him to the Driskill Hotel (where Andrew had always wanted to stay since it’s haunted) and we spent our engagement night there.

The Proposal from Andrew's Perspective:

After being together for about four years, I knew I wanted to marry Trace. Historically being the one of us who is keener on planning everything out—and definitely the more sentimental of the two of us—I made these feelings quite clear, hoping that Trace would realize he was in the same boat sooner than later! Though I tried not to be too pushy about wanting to get married, I did inform Trace that if we were ever to be engaged, I would love it if he would be the one that proposed. I figured I had made my feelings pretty clear over the years, and just thought it would be nice to see him make that kind of gesture that was both grand and out of his comfort zone. Truth be told, I had already decided to propose myself if he didn’t do so by our fifth anniversary, but he didn’t need to know this!

Fast-forward to January 31st, 2016, three months before our fifth anniversary… Trace and I had agreed to help out our photographer friend Brittany as models for a faux engagement photo shoot for her portfolio. I really thought nothing particularly significant about her invite, as Brittany had actually shot photos for me a while back and we are always happy to help her out. To make things a bit more effortless, the shoot was going to be held nearby at the levee behind the apartments where Trace and I used to live with some friends. When we arrived at the outdoor shooting location that day with our dog, I was less than thrilled that it was especially hot for wintertime, even for Austin. We toughed it out in the heat though and spent a little less than an hour taking a number of different shots while staving off sweat in between. It was admittedly less romantic than any of the resulting photos might suggest, and I was growing pretty restless in the sun if I’m being completely honest! I was doing my best to remain in good spirits, but I am sure my grumpiness was starting to show. Likely noticing this, Brittany requested one last shot: a faux proposal photo op with Trace being the one to go down on one knee. I was definitely all about this, figuring this would be good practice for him! Little did I know that this was no faux proposal at all; in a whirlwind of about 20 second, Trace caught me completely off guard by getting down on one knee and uttering the words, “I know you think this is all fake, but it’s actually real. Andrew Steven Arriaga, will you marry me?” Needless to say, I was in a state of complete shock! I have felt this kind of genuine surprise in my life maybe once or twice before, and most definitely not in such a tremendous way. In the moment, I was overcome with emotion and awe—but of course said yes as quickly as I could!

To make things even more special, Trace also planned a wonderfully romantic evening for us that continued right after the shoot at one of the most gorgeous and historical Austin locales, The Driskill Hotel; he had even been in communication with my boss so that I could have the next day off of work as well! Being the very intuitive and detail-oriented person that I am, I never expected that Trace would pull off something so sneaky without me even remotely becoming suspicious. Needless to say, I am so unbelievably glad that he did. It is a moment I will remember with the utmost joy for the rest of my life… or, more appropriately, the rest of our lives together!  

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Sarah Title_key Elle

Engagement
gallery Sep 7 2016
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Sarah and Elle met in a typically modern way...online - although both of them were very wary of the e-method and so they struck up a conversation (or 10) before actually going on their first date. Elle challenged Sarah to 'surprise her’ for their first meeting - and Sarah succeeded in taking Elle to the one of the most iconic views atop Cypress Mountain in Vancouver. Numerous jokes were made about Sarah being a potential axe murderer taking her into the woods - but a much sweeter chord was struck by the end of the night when they talked for hours on end.

A series of rather serendipitous events led to them to moving in together - and rather reluctantly at first - only to discover that they were truly perfectly matched in ways that neither of them had ever expected. (It's funny how these things work out, isn't it?)  Throughout their time together, more than a few tests have been thrown in their direction - and without fail, the trials only proved that iron sharpens iron.

On September 5th, Sarah once again surprised Elle by collecting the efforts of their close friends (many of whom are in their wedding party!) to pull off a proposal. Sarah took her into the old growth forest of Sproat Lake, off of a secluded beach, and into a circle of candles that lit up the area in a way that felt truly magical - it was perfect! There, Sarah asked Elle to be her wife (on one knee even!) - and although slightly taken off guard - Elle said 'yes'. From there, they returned to the houseboat, filled with their friends who had champagne and some great cheers to share! It was an incredible day.

Elle and Sarah’s wedding was on September 3rd, 2016 at the Permanent, one of Vancouver’s iconic Heritage Buildings located in Gastown. They stumbled upon the venue and the moment they walked in, they knew it was for them. The classic art deco floors, vaulted stain glass ceiling and 16 foot heritage bar are just a few of the special features that caught their eye. The Permanent was built in 1907 and was a bank before recently being converted into an event space, the building’s original vault is still in place. The pair live in a heritage walk-up in central Vancouver and it was only fitting to match their classic style in this venue.

Sarah and Elle feel that Sara Rogers captured the picturesque nature of the proposal site perfectly, while back home at West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park. It feels like one of many amazing memories to come - and both brides feel so lucky to have such stunning photos to highlight their joy in finding each other.  

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David Title_key Jeremy

Engagement
gallery Jun 13 2016
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The proposal...

We had a regular "date night" every Monday, so David had planned this to be during one of those nights. Jeremy actually almost cancelled that week's date night, but felt some reason why he shouldn't. We met up at a bar, where David downed a shot of liquid courage, and we walked around the Castro for a while, killing time until the lighting would be right for the surprise photographers. David asked Jeremy if he wanted to go on a little urban hike, which was totally out of character, but Jeremy said sure, why not? We walked up the Eureka Valley hills to a secluded open space, where we had a beautiful view of the city, the Castro flag, and the fog rolling in from the West. After taking a few selfies, David pulled out a few pieces of paper where he had written his proposal, and got down on one knee. In tears, Jeremy said yes, and then got down on his knee, saying we should both get to be able to be proposed to. David broke down into tears, and also said yes, of course. 

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