Same-Sex Couple Gets Married at The Bostonian—Black & White
I was the official 2nd shooter for Kelly Lorenz’s final wedding of the 2018 season. It was a simple charge. “Go wherever I’m not and photograph from there.” Challenge accepted. As someone who searches for life and love in the subtle moments, being a second set of eyes positioned to watch everyone else while they watched the main event was basically my photographer heart’s dream come true. This wedding struck me.
They were two gay men—a deaf broadway actor and an engineer—and an entire day full of beautiful, animated people, many of whom were talking without speaking.
The federal recognition of gay marriage has offered many in the LGBTQI community the opportunity to celebrate their loving and committed partnerships alongside family and friends. Here we have the beautiful coupling of the grooms’ commitment to one another, the presence of their loving community and the cultural differences they bridged to forge a lifelong commitment to one another. It was a beautiful and heartfelt celebration.
A lot of photographer’s talk about hands telling the real story of what’s happening in a photo. At a wedding where half the guests used their hands and body language to communicate, this proved to be a super opportunity to put that argument to the test. I processed these photos in black & white to remove colorful distractions. The viewer is invited to accept an alternative to our expectations of a wedding day while wondering more deeply about our very human connections to one another.
This wedding was so much fun and I felt absolutely privileged to photograph it.