HAPPY ANNIVERSARY :: Mary Kate & Nicole

August 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were."

Hello Sarah,

My name is Mary Kate and I am seeking a wedding photographer for this summer August 23, 2014.

I looked at your work on your we page and absolute love it. I especially liked what you said about working with a photographer that you are comfortable with. My partner and I could not agree more, seeing that we are a same sex couple. I have looked up a few photographers that we would not be comfortable working with. So I guess I am writing this email to get a feeling for you? If that makes any sense?

Thank you for taking to time to read my email and I hope to hear back from you soon.


Mary Kate and Nicole were the first same sex couple I've had the privilege of doing wedding photos for and I was absolutely thrilled to receive their initial email!!  I had been wanting to photograph a same sex couple for quite awhile and was really hoping we were a good match -- turns out, they were friends with my sister and her wife and we were a GREAT match!! We had a ton of fun when we met up for their engagement shoot at the Inner Harbor, so I knew they were going to be a lot of fun on the big day too. 

The brides got ready and had their first look at The Courtyard in Armory Square of Downtown Syracuse and then the wedding took place in the upstairs of the legendary Dinosaur BBQ. The love filled the room with a thick, palpable energy. You could feel the love bursting from the insides of each guest while the two soulmates professed their love for each other onstage. Journal entries were read from when they first met and tears welled in the eyes of everyone who has ever experienced the excitement and butterflies that come along with the meeting of souls that are meant to be together. They combined two jars of sand in a sweet ceremony that symbolizes the intertwining of two lives. How neither can be removed from the other; nor will they ever be the same. It wasn't long before the vows were sealed with a kiss and the happy couple was hugging friends in the back room, ready to celebrate their new union.

After a few emotional toasts, we broke cornbread and got our fingers dirty eating lots of RIBS (Well, I did not. I was pregnant at the time and even though I was super excited for the food because I'm a longtime Dino BBQ fan, Baby Joyce 2.0 wasn't having it. Every bite I took threatened to come right back up so after awhile I just grabbed my camera and got back to work.) After dinner, the ladies laced up their custom converse sneakers and hit up the dance floor.

Thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer, ladies!! I had an AMAZING time capturing your day and I hope that you enjoy your photos for years and years and years to come!!! 



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(Love wins.)


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