Up! Inspired Engagement Session: Patricia & Grace
Patricia and Grace have been friends since they were 18 – going on 15 years now! Patricia is a theatre artist who was helping out at a play at her old high school. A mutual friend brought Grace along to help paint the set. Although Patricia was wearing ridiculous pants covered in paint, Grace swears she wanted to make Patricia hers. They dated off and on for years. About six years ago they decided that there was a reason they kept coming back to one another and made it official.
Both Grace and Patricia proposed. Grace proposed at the Orange County Fair. She pushed Grace to pop into one of those old-fashioned photo booths. Patricia sat on Grace’s lap and as the camera flashed away, she held the ring out – it was all captured in those 4 photos perfectly! Grace forgot to propose, though, and Patricia had to ask “what is this?” Grace blurted out “Marry me!” Patricia became so caught up with the beautiful ring that Grace then had to ask if her answer was yes! Even more special, Grace made sure that Patricia’s mom was there to share in the joy.
A year later, Patricia surprised Grace at her birthday party by having all her friends carry roses and large signs in a line saying all the things she loves about her while the opening music from the movie “Up” played in the background. She got down on one knee and asked Grace to marry her – and of course, Grace said yes!
The brides were lucky to have a designer who put together some of their elaborate shoot. They themed it after the movie “Up” because they are both softies for a good love story. They spent months looking for just the right outfits and props that would make the shoot look authentic to the movie. Once the day came for the shoot, they just had a blast laughing with one another and being silly.
The couple has now been engaged for three years. They have found it enjoyable to take their time talking through all of their options and to fall in love with their venue, outfits, and overall concepts. They are doing a literary theme as they are both huge book nerds! Grace is super excited about her custom suit – she can’t stop talking about it! Patricia always says it’s Grace’s big day and she’s just showing up!
This long-engaged couple recommends that others make decisions on their own. “The day really should be representative of the two of you so pick things you like!” Patricia also recommends that you not be pressured into adopting “traditional” wedding ideals. “As same-sex couples we can recreate the concept of a wedding. Wear a suit! Make sure the vendor is gay friendly! Ask for gender-neutral bathroom signs! Make sure your values are represented throughout the day.”