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Fun Home Engagement Photos: Tori & Kate

Adrienne Gunde Photography
Kate and Tori met almost by accident in October 2009. Tori was living in Vermont and Kate in Maryland. Tori attended (rather unusually) her alma mater’s homecoming with her twin sister in Pennsylvania and Kate, who was recovering from the H1N1 flu but feeling much better, decided to go to Philadelphia with a group to meet up with some friends. And that was how they met. It was as close to love at first sight as you can get. After a few drinks, Kate even told Tori’s sister that she would marry Tori someday – and she was right!

Tori proposed to Kate at the site of their first kiss: the arrival terminal at Burlington International Airport in Vermont. They were taking a weekend trip in March 2011 and Tori convinced Kate that the airline had found a pair of gloves she lost on a previous trip. They sat, waiting “for security to come” with the gloves. While they waited, Tori asked Kate to dance with her, sharing earbuds to what would eventually be their wedding song. Slow-dancing in the airport to “My Life” by Bright Eyes, Tori proposed and Kate said yes!
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Tori and Kate chose to have their engagement session at their home with their rescue dogs. Their animals are a huge part of their lives, so it was really nice to include them. The photo session was a gift from Tori’s twin sister, who also got the couple several of the props. They had their makeup professionally done, and collaborated with their photographer to stage an organic, fun session.
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
The wedding was held in Vermont, but Tori and Kate had moved to Los Angeles, so everything was done on a long-distance basis. They chose Vermont because it was one of the few states at the time that recognized same-sex marriage equality. They took a long weekend to fly to Vermont to hold their vendor meetings, and were lucky, as they loved everything they saw and tried – not an easy feat considering their wedding was vegan!
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Tori and Kate shared lots of great advice for other engaged couples:

  • “ALWAYS have an engagement photo session done with your soon-to-be wedding photographer. It really is a great way for everyone to get to know each other.”
  • “Write your own vows! Guests love to hear your sentiments for each other and it makes the wedding so personal!”
  • “It’s great to support businesses that already make it known that they are LGBTQ friendly. Don’t be afraid to encourage vendors that you use to change the language on their forms/website so that it includes language inclusive of same-sex/queer couples if they are supportive of those clients.”
  • “Day-after shoot and videography: if your budget allows for these things, they are definitely worth it!
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
Adrienne Gunde Photography
  • “Our last piece of advice is that while marriage definitely takes effort and patience, when you have someone that you love and have fun with, it makes the work that much easier. During the tougher times, take a few moments to reflect back on your relationship together to see all the great times you had as couple. Know that there will be great times in your future as well – just keep communicating and working together!”

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Photographer: Adrienne Gunde Photography

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