In the summer, as I was driving to Emerald Lake Lodge for Shannon and Erik’s wedding, I spent most of the ride deep in thought. For some reason, my mind drifted to same sex marriage and the fact that these types of marriages or unions do not seem to be represented on the internet even a fraction as much as hetero-sexual marriages. It was also during the time of the debates and voting on same sex marriage down in the states. As I drove, I felt a familiar feeling of needing to do my, albeit small, part in bringing this love front and center. You might think I’m making this up but almost as soon as I had decided what to do, an ad for Calgary Pride Week came on the radio. It was to be the following week. I am NOT kidding. I live my life by following and listening and looking for paths. Certainly this was something I could not ignore. Hence my Show Me Your Pride contest was born.
I really enjoyed all the entries and it was very VERY difficult to choose. But in the end, with help from friends and colleagues, Jessica and Penny were chosen.
Here is her entry:
So you want to know why my Partner and I should win a photo session with you!!! Well I could go on for hours but I’ll try to keep it short. If you’re anything like me, I LOVE hearing LOVE stories, and so I’ll start with how we met. Penny was this beautiful stunning girl from Lethbridge who was visiting a Calgary bar with some friends that happened to be mutual friends of mine as well. I knew I’d be with her forever that night when we first met, and I still remember asking her if I could kiss her. We didn’t go a single weekend without making trips to see each other, and after a year, I too become a Lethbridgian. We started our lives together, and we have now bought a house, have two cats and a dog, and our lives are getting better and better. On June 16th 2012 I asked Penny to be my wife. I surprised her and did it while we were in Quesnel BC for her High School Reunion….it was truly the most amazing moment of my life. Then on August 24th 2012 Penny Surprised me with a proposal of her own, Roses, Red wine and a perfect engagement Ring. We have yet to get engagement photos done and we’d LOVE this opportunity!
I had such a great time with them, I could see just how much they love each other and it was a breeze to shoot. Thank you girls! Enjoy! x