California Beach: Josh & Alex
About nine months after they got married, Josh & Alex spent a day having their photos taken by one of Alex’s best friends, who is also a professional photographer. They chose the island of Coronado, in San Diego, for their location. “The town is super cute and friendly. We actually live in Long Beach, where we got married, but wanted a prettier beach for our photos,” Alex said.
The grooms had known for quite some time that they wanted to get married, and when the Supreme Court delivered its Prop 8 decision, they didn’t waste any time. One week later, on July 5, 2013, they eloped on the beach near their home. “We didn’t even have rings yet. Most of my family lives back in Kansas and his family here wasn’t going to be thrilled by the idea so we got a license the next Monday and got married on Friday,” Alex explained.
Later on, with a little bit more planning, the grooms had an official reception in Long Beach in October 2013. This time a lot of Alex’s family and friends were able to fly out from the midwest, and most of Josh’s family in the Southern California area also attended.
Alex shared this about the California engagement photos: “Our favorite part was the time we got to spend with our photographer, Leaha. She and I have a been friends for years and when I got the opportunity to fly her out to shoot our pictures I just had to. We spent the weekend together and made it a mini vacation for both of us. It was also very casual. We didn’t get dressed up because we weren’t dressed up for our wedding. We let the photographer rule the day, the only thing I asked was that we get barefoot beach photos because that’s how we got married.” He also shared some thoughts on marriage: “The decision to marry is not something to be taken lightly. It is a lifetime commitment. We’d already decided before it was legal (again) that’s what we wanted to do. It wasn’t a knee jerk thing just because we really liked each other and we suddenly could get married. It was borne out of love. And we both made a commitment that no matter what, we would work out anything together that we might encounter. Whatever that might be. We like to laugh and tell each other, ‘You’re stuck with me’. And so far it’s working for us.”
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.