I had the unbelievable honor recently to capture a wedding that was equal parts happy-in-love and suddenly necessary.

It was such an honor to capture the sweet love Thomas and Craig share, but it infuriates me that they felt the urgency to have a legal ceremony before [You Know Who] took office and 8 months before they had planned to get together and celebrate with all their favorite people at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens.

Their wedding was at the always-beautiful City Hall, and brought back memories of a time when photographing a gay wedding at San Francisco City Hall was common because the rest of the country was stuck in the last century and couples would travel here to become legal.

Every Stand Counts

With [You Know Who] in the role of US President it feels as though we are traveling back in time…the rights we’ve fought so hard to protect feel more and more threatened every day.  So we must stand up against the fascists on the hill in any way we can; this was one of my ways of doing so. I didn’t charge for the session as a part of Catalyst Wed Co’s movement for free wedding services for LGBTQ and undocumented couples in the wake of the election. Instead, together Thomas, Craig, and I donated $500 to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth.

Thank you guys for letting me share this special moment with you! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and an epic wedding this August! I know  A Monique Affair will make it absolutely perfect in every way.

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