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Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Kim and Jace had a lot of plans for their early July, Steep Rock engagement session. This location is a popular tourist spot a 2.5-hour drive from their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bringing with them three outfits, a gorgeous fresh-cut bouquet, and Kim’s oval-cut Noam Carver diamond ring, we started with the couple’s semi-formal look which consisted of a dusty blue, off-the-shoulder full-length gown for Kim and a short sleeve, printed navy dress shirt and gray slacks for Jace. This first outfit was backdropped by the clear blue water and sky, with photos taken on a small cliff overlooking the lake and beach (which was busy with swimmers and sunbathers on this sunny day). For the second, more casual look, we took a walk along this rocky beach, dodging photo-bombers along the way. And finally, for their last look, Kim and Jace recreated outfits after their favorite Korean drama, “Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God,” along with poses/scenes from the show. This full-day engagement photoshoot produced some truly dreamy photos for the couple.—Christina W. Kroeker

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

HOW DID YOU TWO FIRST MEET?

The way Jace and I met is kind of a wild story. I worked at Anthropologie, a store in the mall we both worked at, and Jace worked at Starbucks. For MONTHS all I knew about Jace was that he was my favorite barista because whenever he was working, my drink was made perfectly! (Trust me, I can tell the difference when my drink is made differently). What I didn’t know is that Jace secretly had a crush on me FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS. Long story short, eventually the stars aligned and we messaged each other on Instagram, became friends and eventually started dating. Also, he officially asked me out by wearing a T-shirt that said “Kimberly, will you be my girlfriend?” with a “YES” check box and a no “NO” option to turn him down. Ha ha! From the very first time we hung out, everything just clicked. I know that sounds cliche, but that’s how we felt. We knew we would end up married one day.

WHAT MAKES YOUR RELATIONSHIP SPECIAL?

We both care passionately about LGBTQ+ rights, have attended our local Pride celebrations together every year, except this past year, ’cause you know… COVID-19. We do almost anything together. He supports me while I geek out and cosplay at Comic Con (he even cosplays with me!), and we both love to go out and eat and try different restaurants. We have a HUGE love for Korean Dramas and even recreated our favorite kdrama in our engagement photoshoot (Goblin/Guardian The Lonely and Great God).

HOW DID YOU KNOW YOUR PARTNER WAS THE ONE? 

We both knew almost from the first date that we had something special, and about one month of dating, we both started seriously thinking we were each other’s “The One.” We talked about getting engaged/married early into the relationship, setting the expectation that while we couldn’t afford to do either of those things at that moment or within the next couple months, we wanted each other to both know we were on the same page. When you know you know, right?

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL

I was SHOCKED. So, because I had actually picked out the ring, I knew that a proposal was coming at some point, but I was completely shocked when it actually happened, I thought it was still going to be a couple months out. He actually managed to trick me for the first time! I actually almost threw all his plans off by springing it on him, last minute, that I planned to get my eyebrows microbladed on the same day he was planning to propose. How was I supposed to know?! He panicked and looked up microblading to see if my eyebrows would be all red for the pictures. Lucky for us, they always look the best the day they’re done. Crisis averted. During my appointment, I got a text from “his brother” saying that he was drunk at his friends house downtown and needed to be picked up by Jace. Annoyed that he didn’t just call or text Jace, I called Jace asking him to call his brother because he was apparently “drunk” and I’m in my appointment so I can’t be texting or calling back and forth. Jace’s brother isn’t really a drinker, so it was weird he was drunk, but I just brushed it off. I finish my eyebrow appointment and call Jace to come pick me up. I meet Jace in our car, expecting to either head home or go to eat but he tells me we still have to pick up his brother, okay cool. Because Jace is awful with directions, I man the Google Maps app on his phone to the address he has already put in, which is less than 10 minutes from where we are. 

We drive up to the building that Google is set to, but instead of stopping at the building, he pulls into a parking lot. I ask him, “Why aren’t we just picking up your brother from the front door of the building?” Jace replies, “No, we have to go upstairs.” I am now again annoyed and confused because: A) why can’t his brother just come down? B) we don’t know any of his friends so why are we going upstairs to their place? 

We finally make our way to the building and take the elevator up to the proper floor and Jace knocks on the door, all the while, I am thinking, “Damn, I know this condo building, it’s expensive… Jace’s brother must have some rich friends. Jace knocks on the door and starts to push me forward toward the door. I immediately get mad and ask him why he’s pushing me towards the door?! I don’t know these people! I don’t want to go first! I’m really shy when I first meet people just for reference. The door opens and our friend and photographer, Christina appears in the doorway! 

At this point, I still have not clued in… I was still thinking, “How does Jace’s brother know Christina?” Also, “this is not where Christina lives…” I nervously say “hi…..?” as Jace tries to push and ease me into the doorway. As I walk in, I start to see balloons and decorations in the living room behind Christina. I have now clued in that this is a proposal and don’t know what to do. Luckily Christina and Jace had planned it all. Christina motions me to the bathroom right by the front door and asks me to change into the dress hanging off of the shower bar. *Bonus points for having the dress I said I wanted to wear for my future proposal. I change, freak out a little, and then meet Christina and Jace in the living room of the condo he’s rented. Jace is fumbling to play the planned music and I read the words “marry me” written in white rose petals on the floor and there’s balloons everywhere. 

At this point, Jace is taking too long with the music so I just start sobbing. Classic, right? He hugs me while I sob and he manages to get the music playing. I eventually get it together and there’s an awkward silence between us before I say, “You still have to ask!” He wasn’t even holding the ring. It was across the room on the couch with a sign that read, “Will you be my wife?” Because Jace and I are awkward, Christina takes the lead and leads Jace and I to the perfect spot and Jace gets down on one knee. He doesn’t know what to say at first and I laugh because that’s so classic Jace. A few seconds later, he finds his words and says the only thing he wants for his birthday is for me to be his wife. I start to ugly cry—there’s a good picture of it—and I say yes!

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

TELL US ABOUT THAT RING! 

The ring I originally had my heart set on was from a jeweller in the USA, and being from Canada, the eventual cost of the ring with the exchange rate and duties and taxes to get it across the border made it just not financially feasible to make that happen. So Jace and I worked together to find a jeweller who could custom-make a close design with a moissanite stone as the star of the show. Not having a diamond was something I wanted. The price point of getting a high-quality diamond for the size I hoped for in the main stone just didn’t seem worth it. We ended up choosing Appelts Jewellers who has a designer named Noam Carver to custom make the ring I dreamed of. I only got to see the rendering of the design and pick the moissanite, so it was just *fingers crossed* from there that I was going to turn out how I dreamed. It did. It was BEAUTIFUL. Rose gold, 1-carat moissanite, halo of diamonds, and a half diamond band in a vintage style design. Couldn’t have been more happy with how it turned out.

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WEDDING PLANNING?

Because I’ve worked in the wedding industry, I was quite familiar with how planning should be, which made things mostly a breeze. I’m sure like most brides, the thing I was excited about the most was dress shopping! I was pretty certain that I was set on a certain brand, which I only carried as an exclusive in one bridal store in my city, but that still didn’t stop me from trying on probably close to 50 dresses. Now I just can’t wait to see Jace’s reaction the day of when he gets to see me in it. If I had to pick a second thing to look forward to, it would definitely be sampling all the food at our venue for the day of.

Dreamy summer engagement photo session in Steep Rock, Manitoba with poses and attire based on Korean drama, Guardian: The Lonely and Lost God Photo by Christina W. Kroeker Creative Published on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding website

VENDORS
Photographer: Christina W. Kroeker Creative
Video: Dean Rover Films
Floral Designer: Academy Florist
Dresses: Hush Clothing & Accessories
Jewelry: Appelt’s Diamonds
Jewelry: Noam Carver

This vintage photo of two lifeguards who were maybe probably more than friends has everyone talking / Queerty

This vintage photo of two lifeguards who were maybe probably

An old black and white photo of two male lifeguards has gone viral on Reddit because of the inscription written on the back.

The message, dated March 26, 1949, seems to suggest the two young men, Buzz and Tommy, were maybe probably more than friends.

“To Buzz, I’ll always remember the times we spent together. All my love, Your Tommy,” it reads.

Although the message is dated 1949, it’s not totally clear what year the photo was taken. Nor is it known where it’s from. But it has everyone on Reddit talking.

“This just gave me the best gay feels,” one person comments.

“So beautiful,” another writes. “Would absolutely watch a movie of this love story.”

Related: PHOTOS: Discover the homoerotic work of vintage photographer George Platt Lynes

“This makes me sad,” a third person says. “To me it reads as a goodbye note.”

“It has that whole ‘we can never be together’ vibe about it,” comments another.

“I wonder if they had to get married,” someone else adds. “Or if they were lifeguards and the summer was over and they had to go back to their lives of lies.”

And then there’s this gem: “It may have been 1948 but it was the summer of 69.”

Related: PHOTOS: Vintage Pics From Waikiki’s Gay Beaches Prove That Speedos Never Go Out Of Style

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur

Dani and Kaelee’s engagement photo session in Big Sur was nothing short of magical. The couple was celebrating Dani’s proposal to Kaelee that took place in their backyard after Dani’s original proposal plan with a trip to Asia was thwarted by Covid-19.

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. romantic sexy image includes two blonde women in love in white outfits on beach

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. romantic sexy image includes two blonde women in love in white outfits on beach

“Big Sur’s landscape often experiences moody, unpredictable weather,” says Heather K. Purdy, the couple’s photographer, “and the day of their session was no different. Light clouds gave way to heave fog, and then the end of the day… We were awarded with the most spectacular sunset and when we turned around, the Universe gave us the most amazing slash of rainbow! So, the ladies proudly kissed underneath a rainbow that magically appeared during blue hour and we all took is as a sign of blessing on their union! LOVE IS LOVE!”

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love kissing at sunset on beach with rainbow in sky
Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. romantic sexy image includes two blonde women in love in white outfits on beach

HOW DID YOU MEET?
Danielle and I met through a mutual friend group. She will say her first memory of me was stumbling out of a bar laughing, but my first memory is meeting her at a gathering and we started talking about playing guitar. She was in a relationship at the time but a few weeks later I got a text from her saying she “had an opening” for a new friend and I invited her over. We were actually best friends for a while, even lived together for a year. Our romantic relationship didn’t blossom until I moved away to LA!

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. romantic sexy image includes two blonde women in love in white outfits on beach with LOVE ring

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love having a picnic on the coast of California with a champagne toast and a guitar in the background

WHAT MAKES YOUR RELATIONSHIP SPECIAL?
We are literally ying and yang. Where she is strong, I am weak and vice versa. She is my favorite travel buddy, guitar jamming companion, and we read books to each other before bed. What I love most about us is what we create for our relationship. It’s never about what society expects or what’s normal, we create exactly what we want. We also are both extremely successful in our own careers and we support each other as independent strong women. What I really love is that we stand for each other to be our best self, to constantly put work into being a better partner and person.

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. romantic sexy image includes two blonde women in love in white outfits on beach

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. romantic sexy image includes two blonde women in love running hand in hand in white outfits on beach

HOW DID YOU KNOW YOUR PARTNER WAS THE ONE?
I wish I could say there was an ah-ha moment but it really was a creeping love that snuck up on us. We were both actually in relationships with men… and I knew that I wanted to wake up to her every morning forever. She was comfort, home, my best friend, sexy as hell, and always down for an adventure. There’s an unspoken understanding and acceptance we share that I’ve never shared with another partner.

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love having a picnic on the coast of California
Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love wearing boho dresses having a picnic on the coast of California with a guitar

TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL(S)!
Oh, man. Danielle had an elaborate plan. We were going to Thailand and Vietnam for my 30th birthday with 15 of our closest friends and then Covid hit one week before we were set to take off. She ended up rallying a whole village; my family, friends, even my employers were involved. She created a Thailand-themed display in our backyard and was going to propose then, but we ended up drinking a little too much so her second plan was foiled. She popped the question the next morning in our favorite place (our bed), surrounded by all our fur babies. It was so overwhelming to see how many people contributed and in the end it was a special intimate moment we shared.

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. image description: engagement ring with emerald-cut diamonds in custom wooden box

TELL US ABOUT THE ENGAGEMENT RING(S)
My ring is truly unique. She designed it with her family friends at Guzzetta Jewelers in Roseville, Calif. The design is a “Tois et Mois” setting so it’s not a full circle. At each end it has two emerald cut diamonds (my favorite vintage cut). It’s such a beautiful representation of our relationship, strong and independent individuals bound together forever (in platinum!) not to mention she had my father who works with wood create a spectacular custom ring box complete with the Celtic knots under the lid and a gold coin on top, with his brand burned into the bottom. Everything about it is one of a kind and not traditional in any way and I think that’s the perfect symbol for our partnership.

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love wearing boho dresses kissing on the coast of California with the ocean in the background

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
I’m most excited about creating something that will hopefully not resemble any other normal wedding. Everything down to the ceremony will be unique to us. We will consider it a success if all the people in our lives show up and get to know one another. There is nothing traditional about us and we want our day to reflect that. We want it to invite people to be fluid and mingle rather than be stuck to a table all night. We are hoping to make it a weekend affair rather than one night because that’s not enough time to really celebrate our love with the people we love.

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love walking through flowers on the coast of California

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love kissing on the coast of California

Magical engagement photo session in Big Sur. Photography by Heather K. Purdy. Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine and wedding vendor directory of LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros. pictured: Two women in love kissing on the coast of California

VENDORS
Photography: Heather K. Purdy
Jeweler: Guzzetta Jewelers
Location: Big Sur, California

People are seriously creeped by this weird photo of Matt Gaetz nestling Kimberly Guilfoyle’s bosom / Queerty

People are seriously creeped by this weird photo of Matt

People are seriously disturbed by a weird photo antigay Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida posted to his Twitter page this week.

Yesterday, Gaetz took a break from doing whatever the hell he does during the workday to tweet a picture of himself resting his head against the bosom of Kimberly “The Best Is Yet To Come” Guilfoyle, along with the caption: “I will never take a cooler picture than this.”

But judging by people’s responses, Gaetz is perhaps the only person in the world who thinks he looks supercool in the pic…

This isn’t the first time Gaetz has exercised poor judgement in the sorts of photographs he poses for.

In April, he received criticism after being pictured wearing a gas mask on the House floor in an effort to mock coronavirus. Days later, he entered self-quarantine after being exposed to the virus.

And in August, he received criticism after a selfie of him partying with “trysexual” Roger Stone and Joel Greenberg, the former Florida tax collector charged with sex trafficking, circulated on Twitter.

Related: Rep. Matt Gaetz ripped on live TV for mocking coronavirus with gas mask

family photo session cover for surprise marriage proposal

family photo session cover for surprise marriage proposal

Carolina + Eli: family photo session cover for surprise marriage proposal

Ivanka’s embarrassing Goya bean photo op inspires memes and a potential ethics investigation / Queerty

Ivanka’s embarrassing Goya bean photo op inspires memes and a

Mere hours after the disastrous launch of her #FindSomthingNew campaign, which aims to inspire the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs as a result of her father’s botched response to coronavirus to consider enrolling in community colleges and changing their entire careers, Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to plug… Goya beans?

A little backstory: The food company, which is the largest Hispanic-owned privately held business in the country, has been facing boycotts after CEO Robert Unanue praised Donald Trump in a Rose Garden event last week, saying the nation was “truly blessed” to have him as its leader.

Yesterday evening, the failed-handbag-designer-turned-White-House-advisor may have violated a federal ethics rule when she tweeted a picture of herself holding a can of Goya beans along with the caption, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.”

According to the United States Office of Government Ethics official guidelines, “Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person.”

People certainly had a lot to say about the post…

Sure enough, then came the memes…

A spokeswoman for the first daughter was quick to defend the tweet, saying Ivanka was merely showing “personal support” for the brand and accusing the media of stoking “cancel culture.”

“Ivanka is proud of this strong, Hispanic-owned business with deep roots in the US and has every right to express her personal support,” White House spokeswoman Carolina Hurley said in a statement.

Related: Ivanka launches #FindSomethingNew effort to inspire unemployed Americans to find jobs that don’t exist

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Whenever I use a public bathroom I think about this

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