15 May, 2019 STACY + EMMY // PESCADERO, CA
When we parted ways to do the hardest thing we’d ever done in our lives (trust that we’d find each other again), there were moments we just didn’t think we’d be able to do it. There were months and months of crying ourselves to sleep. I hated myself for not having the courage to rip the band-aid off and be honest with everyone. I couldn’t believe I was going to let Emmy down. I just didn’t know how it would ever work. And then one night, as I was up late crying, I was looking on pinterest and instagram for other people like me. I wanted to connect with other people who had gone through fire to get what they knew in their heart they had to have. I wanted to find couples who had made it. One click led to another and another and another until I finally landed on a story of a lesbian wedding in Tucson, Arizona… just two hours from my house. Angel and Monica…. Two of the most beautiful people with a wedding unrivaled by ANY wedding I had ever seen in my life! Beautiful, intimate, tender – but so effortlessly glamorous as if it were MEANT to be on a big screen even though they had taken every care to make it small and private. And then reading about “Steph Grant” and her passion to promote love and capture such BEAUTY in moments that are often paved first with hurt and fear and sacrifice… I felt a sob start in my toes and swell until it came almost VIOLENTLY out of me; ugly cry face and all. I obsessed over the images. Watched the video all night long. Each time I looked at their photographs and watched their video I felt a strange strength until by morning I knew I would stop at nothing until I had it. THAT WEDDING held me together and THAT WEDDING made ours a possible reality. I sent the images to Emmy. We obviously became instant followers and started tracking everything Steph was doing… when the giveaway was announced (months later and after we had found each other again) we knew we HAD to give it a shot! Fate, it seemed, had come full circle.