Love Story in the Dunes at Sunset

Updated: Dec 24, 2018

Before each photo session, I ask the couple or family to tell me a little about them. It helps me get a vision in my head about the story we are trying to tell. Lindsay and Natalie had me read this story of how they met and fell in love, and it brought me to tears. I am sharing it here with their permission. What a beautiful romance!

"During the last weekend of June, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right; it was a joyous moment for lots of queer folks across the nation. It was on this historic weekend that we met for the first time at the Kate Wolf Festival. Hearing the news, Lindsay, in an act of celebratory whimsy, asked Natalie, a near stranger, to marry her. Responding in what was one of their very first conversations, Natalie said yes.

On the last night of the festival, or perhaps the early morning, we sat on hay bales and talked until sunrise. The next day we exchanged phone numbers and mailing addresses, neither one of us expecting much. Seeing as we're now planning our wedding, that was a bit of an underestimation.

A few weeks later, Lindsay made the six-hour drive from Oakland to Eureka for a real world visit with Natalie Rose. We rode bikes to softball practice. On the way there Natalie crashed, busted her face open, lost a tooth, yet somehow kept smiling. Lindsay made soup that night, took Natalie to the dentist in the morning, and started to fall in love somewhere in the middle." - Lindsay and Natalie