Newport, Rhode Island Engagement Session: Mike & Chris
Christopher and Michael met while competing in a charity fundraising race for a local non-profit organization. During the post race celebration, Christopher walked over to Michael and introduced himself.
At the same time, he accidentally spilled his drink on him! Right away, Michael was drawn to Christopher’s energy and charisma. They reconnected a few months later and have been inseparable since.
On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Michael woke up in bed and just stared at Christopher sleeping. He knew at that very moment he was going to propose that day. Michael took Christopher for a day trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, a place special to him since childhood. Michael asked Chris to meet him on the porch of their bed & breakfast so they could watch the sunset. He picked up a bottle of horrible Pinot Grigio (the first he could find), which he and Christopher shared while watching the sunset. Michael proposed on that porch, and Christopher said “yes!”
The day of the engagement session was freezing cold, but it was a day spent with close friends. Michael has known photographer Andrew since second grade. The couple emphasizes that it is important for an engagement session to be an extension of who you and your significant other are. It’s important to find the right photographer who understands this, and who can expertly capture it.
Michael shares about his upcoming wedding that, “Christopher and I are really excited to reconnect with friends and family that we have lost touch with throughout the years. We both feel that the rebuilding of relationships has been an amazing experience for the both of us. One of the challenges that we seem to have is not to get lost in the “fabulousness” and remain realistic and grounded. From the very beginning, we did not want the wedding planning to become an SNL skit. One reason is we don’t have the budget and two, it is just not who we are. That is why we have been seeking out local vendors, the mom and pop shops that can share with us as we tell our wedding story.”
Advice for Other Couples
Asked if they have any advice for newly engaged same-sex couples, Michael suggested, “Try not to act too surprised when you involuntarily become the gay wedding guru and have the answers to the most awkward questions like ‘who decides on changing his last name? and ‘who leads the first dance.’ Seriously. Relax. Enjoy. Try not to get too overwhelmed and just roll with it.”