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The Cloisters Engagement Session: Zania & Jeorgina

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August 14, 2014

Zania was fresh out of college and needed a job. One of her friends encouraged her to fill out an application at a children’s apparel store.  

When she arrived at the store, a happy, stunningly beautiful woman with the most incredible style greeted her. That was the moment she met Gina.

A few months later, Gina’s father became ill. Zania took a chance and asked if she could accompany her to the hospital. While in the waiting room, exhausted, Gina put her head on Zania’s lap. “In that moment I knew I could take better care of her and love her more than anyone else in the world. I knew we’d spend the rest of our lives together”.  

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The Proposal

Zania proposed to Gina during a showing of “Wreck it Ralph” at family movie night at their son’s school. There were screaming kids and mothers everywhere. Zania was a total mess from traveling back and forth fulfilling military obligations, yet she decided to seize the opportunity. Zania asked Gina how much she loved her, and Gina replied, “I love you more than all the flowers in the botanical gardens.” Zania opened the ring box. It took a while for Gina to look down, but as she did, a room full of kids and parents prevented a huge scream. Gina started taking pictures of her ring immediately – and forgot to say “yes”!

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On Engagement Sessions

In their words, “The engagement session was awesome because we had fun. Our photographers made us feel completely comfortable and knew what we wanted from our shoot. They stepped in a few times to offer direction for the more candid shots but left us to our own love and silliness. It was beautifully captured and we couldn’t be happier with the end result.”

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Like many couples, Zania and Gina struggle with stepping back and allowing others to do what is necessary for their wedding. They are more accustomed to being the go-to folks for others. However, their friends and family have been amazing and they can’t thank them enough.
Another common challenge has been getting people to RSVP on time! It remains a mystery to the couple why people won’t simply respond. However, they have enjoyed receiving their RSVPs back from guests, the dress fittings and the huge discount Zania scored on her tux. They love writing thank you cards and certainly opening packages as they are received from their registry!
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Great Advice

Zania and Gina suggest knowing where to invest. Ask yourselves, what is important to you? Don’t be afraid to spend money on the things that rank highest in priority. If you’re not craft-inclined, do your research because many detail items can be secured online. Also, know that beer and food are generally an acceptable form of payment if you have friends who tend towards the “crafty” side of life who can help!

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More Advice for Gay Couples

In Zania’s words, “Gay or straight, marriage is an empty box. It’s up to YOU; the two imperfect people who refuse to give up on one another to fill that box with memories. Running around the house naked, missing your flight, birthdays, rainy days snuggled up watching Netflix, brunch with friends, stomach viruses. Throw it all in the box! You’ll have bad times and bad years and that’s ok. Embrace them as much as the good times. You’ll lose some friends and family during the process and it’s going to be hurtful but don’t let that blind you from seeing all the support and love from those who have stepped up to the plate.”

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Photographer: OLLI STUDIO // Cinema and Video: OLLI STUDIO // Museum : The Cloisters //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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