Eric & Kris

I met Eric & Kris at Eric’s sister’s wedding (remember Issa & Jaime from last year) and was super excited when they contacted me to photograph their celebration at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo. What made this wedding even more incredible than it was already planned to be was that the ban on gay marriage lifted the day prior and Eric & Kris were the first gay couple in the state of Michigan to legally tie the knot. 

This is the second wedding I have shot for the Braman family and I am 100% convinced that they are magic. I have fallen totally in love with their closeness, the love that they have for each other, their endless casual family choreographed dances, and the work that they do with LGBT youth. Being a witness to their stories has been an honor and a blessing. 

"We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect. That’s the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were.

And slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.” -President Barack Obama