My Best Michigan Same Sex Wedding Photography
On June 26th, 2015!
Wedding Photographer Specializing in Michigan same sex wedding wedding Photography - Jennifer and Emily's same sex wedding date had been set for a long time in advance. Their original wedding photographer had fallen through (perhaps not interested in shooting a gay wedding in Michigan after all?), but I was thrilled to step in. Their wedding was planned for Friday, June 26th, 2015, a date that will always go down in history as "Gay Wedding Day". Emily, Jennifer, their families, their friends all were in disbelief that their wedding just happened to fall on the day it became legal for a same sex couple to legally wed. And so they ended up having an even more emotion filled and joyous wedding in Livonia, Michigan. Even if gay marriage hadn't been legalized that day, I'm pretty sure Emily and Jennifer's 1000 Watt smiles would have made a huge impression on me. Together with their daughter, "E", they were able to declare to all their wonderfully supportive friends and family that they were now legally wed.
My Best Michigan Same Sex, Gay Wedding Wedding Photography Story
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Since same sex weddings have become legal nationwide and even in Michigan (somehow I sadly thought we might just end up being the last in the nation on this one), I have since had the pleasure of photographing half a dozen gay weddings the first few months it became legal here around the metro Detroit, Michigan area. Being a lifelong queer ally, I started doing that embarrassing hiccup sob thing when I heard the announcement on the radio. I caught President Obama's broadcast partway through his speech. All I heard him say was, "Sometimes progress comes in small increments. Sometimes it's two steps forward and one step back". My heart sank. Terrible news and terrible for Jenn and Emily who waited so patiently for so long to get married and gave up and decided to do it anyway, even if it wouldn't be legal in Michigan. Then President Obama finished his sentence… "And then sometimes there are days like this. When that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice and arrives like a thunderbolt." I sobbed like a baby. Then I got to head off to shoot a wedding of two lovely, gracious women who were SOOO excited to see each other and get married with their daughter "E" sharing in their joy.
Something else that was a bit different was that we had plenty of time to go and play outdoors at a public farm in Michigan. We were a bit nervous about how a same sex couple might be received, but as of today, I have yet to hear a single negative comment from anyone while we're out and about taking lovely, intimate wedding photos of newly married gay couples. Most of my clients pick me as their wedding photographer because they love my work AND hate getting their photos taken or feel uncomfortable and awkward. So many of my wedding couples keep the stiff, posing part of the day to a bare minimum and usually most weddings don't have time to do much more, but we were able to do a lot with the two brides and their wedding party in a fairly short period of time.
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