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Denver Engagement Session: Kent & James

Mathew Irving Photography

June 8, 2016

Kent and James met the day after Christmas in 2008 in a Denver gay bar. Neither one is a bar fly, so meeting there makes them smile. When Kent walked in, he immediately noticed James who was sporting a faux-hawk with his salt-and-pepper hair against a bright, kelly-green jacket. They caught each other’s eyes as Kent approached James to discover that they were there with the same group of friends.

Mathew Irving Photography

Kent proposed to James on his birthday in Playa del Carmen Mexico in November 2013. Kent, James and their two children Carter and Ava were in Mexico celebrating Kent’s sister’s wedding. Kent set the scene by arranging a private birthday dinner for James on the resort’s off-shore ocean pier. The evening was very romantic with a multi-course gourmet meal, however Kent became exceedingly nervous when he noticed that the cabana had gaps in the floorboards. He had visions of dropping the ring and it falling into the deep waters never to be seen again! Fortunately that didn’t occur. James was completely surprised by the proposal and immediately said, “yes!”

Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography

Kent and James enjoyed their engagement session and working with their photographers. They loved having a number of settings from which to choose. The session was fluid, casual and spontaneous. Even though they are very comfortable with their relationship and each other, and not too afraid of PDA, there were moments of unease as they had our photos taken in downtown Denver. They felt as though we were the center of attention holding hands and kissing in public.

Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography

They have loved working together to plan their “extraordinary, life-altering event.” They have planned the main elements of the wedding and are ahead of the game. However, they are concerned that they’ve missed something, or are not planning as efficiently as they think. They are working with a wedding planner but are still responsible for a lot of the work.

Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography
Mathew Irving Photography

Both grooms would advise newly engaged couples to enjoy the ride of their wedding planning. They wrote, “Don’t wait until the last minute to get it all done. The time does fly by! We have heard that the actual day comes and goes so quickly, so enjoy the process. Especially with same-sex couples, do what represents you, and don’t feel obligated by straight wedding traditions. Make this special day just yours with all of the nuances that make you you! We have especially appreciated having our own website where we can post pictures of us, details of the day, links to our gift registry, etc. Our guests have been very appreciative!”

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Photographer: Mathew Irving Photography 

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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