I am so proud of being a Vermont wedding photographer. Our little state has always been a leader when it comes to treating everybody equally; from being the first state to introduce civil unions to same sex couples back in 2000 to finally making gay marriage legal in the fall of 2009, about half a year after we officially opened the doors at Kingdom Wedding Photography (named after the Northeast Kingdom we call home) here in the Green Mountain State.
The reactions back then, much akin to the reactions we’re seeing now in response to last week’s SCOTUS decision, surprised me. We received angry emails about being “gay wedding photographers” and got our fair share of absurd phone calls as well – on one memorable night, a concerned gentleman from California called to
voice his concern yell at the top of his lungs “HOW DARE YOU JUST PHOTOGRAPH Jehovah’s Witnesses’ weddings!” Somehow, the name “Kingdom Wedding Photography” got him confused. I never understood the anger. If two people are in love and want to get married, I’m beyond thrilled for them and absolutely want to photograph their wedding.
Over the years, I’ve photographed Christian weddings, Jewish weddings, Mexican weddings, interracial weddings, Baptist weddings, gay weddings, straight weddings, spiritual weddings, courthouse weddings, interfaith weddings and had the honor of witnessing & documenting the most incredible people commit themselves to each other (strangely, not a single Jehovah’s Witness wedding. Yet.). Couples came from Illinois, Florida, Texas, California and other states just to get married in Vermont – as honored as I was, it always broke my heart just a tiny bit knowing that their home states wouldn’t recognize their union.
I’m super stoked about last week’s Supreme Court decision – now there is no longer gay marriage or straight marriage, just marriage. Boom!
To all of my amazing couples – thank you so very much for having me be part of your journey! I’m beyond honored that you selected me to document your wedding days and capture those memories for you.
To anybody who may have a problem with this: I wish you all the best and hope you find a another Vermont wedding photographer who is a much better fit for you.
Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat