July 28, 2016
I only had one friend that I made in Driver's Ed class back when I was 15, and that was Sam. Fifteen years later, we had stayed acquaintances through Facebook and kept up as much as you do with people you once kind of knew. It was through the internet world that I learned of Sam so bravely and proudly coming out as a transgender man. I was moved and supportive from far away- watching someone take the steps to live their truth is so powerful. When Sam and Megan announced their engagement, I knew that I wanted to be the one to photograph their story.
I flew to Portland to see Sam, meet Megan, and capture their day in the middle of June. Their wedding date ended up being one week after the Orlando Pulse shooting and it felt important to be celebrating love, their truth, that day. I know that I wasn't the only one that felt that way.
Sam and Megan have built themselves the most beautiful collection of supportive friends that have become family. Everyone put forth so much effort to make the day what it was- from the potluck food, to the "would you rather?" prompts for table conversations, to the speeches that just kept coming. So many moments stand out to me- the words spoken to Sam's daughter during the vows, the surprise songs that Sam played for Megan on the guitar, the impromptu speech that came from the tiniest flower girl, "I'm here for love."
So sincerely, everyone was there for love.