Serendipity led this couple to me and I’m so happy it did! While in the midst of planning their wedding, and enjoying the trails of Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes and Rehoboth, Jon & Marc stopped to chat with a fellow nature-lover. They were talking about wedding photographers, were referred to a friend of mine, who then told them to get in touch with me. A giant thank you to Deny for connecting me with this awesome couple. A few photos, a bit about Jon & Marc’s story and some advice below. Enjoy!
When was the moment you knew you wanted to get married?
That’s a tough one. For starters, the gay marriage movement has been changing with lightening speed, so relatively speaking, it is quite new. We knew we wanted full marriage equality (for us) or put another way, we most likely wouldn’t have gotten married if the federal government didn’t recognize our marriage.
On a lighter note, there were many moments that we knew we wanted to spend our lives together. One that stands out is when we bought our beach house in Rehoboth. It was clear then we were envisioning a life together. And in fact, Jon proposed to me on our screened in porch (our favorite place in our house), the night we closed.
What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
Hands down, the weather. The Omni Shoreham has such beautiful gardens and outdoor space, we knew the ceremony and cocktail hour would be perfect outside. We beyond lucked out and everything, including all of the flowers, was perfect. But lesson learned: looking at a 10 day and counting weather forecast, was definitely not smart.
How does it feel different being married?
A lot of folks have asked us the same question. It is a question that is going to take on more meaning in the weeks and months to come. For now, I would say we feel like our relationship is more recognized, as opposed to being partners, and definitely feels a greater sense of permanence and longevity.
What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Perhaps a bit cliche, but just having everyone there, from near and far, to witness our marriage and celebrate, friends, family and co-workers from all walks of life, made the entire day quite special.
Things have gotten back to normal, which we like, and simply put, we look forward to our lives together.