Micro Wedding at Blue Moon Rising, Deep Creek MD
Tina + Josh
In 1997, I was 15 years old when I decided that I no longer wanted to live with my mother and her abuse. We had a long conversation, and she said:
“The door is wide open if you don’t like it here, leave”...
So I left, and I never saw her again.
At first, I couch surfed with friends and distant relatives until, eventually, I ran out of people who would let me sleep on their couch and ended up living in the street, in something that Chileans called “caletas”, which are small groups of teenagers living under bridges or by rivers.
As a homeless I was a nomad for about 2 years, moving from one city to another, it was way before I moved to America that I had already learned how to live out of a carry on suitcase.
It was in the midst of this “adventure” that I met Nick.
I would have never imagined that 6 years later we would end up married! My life back then consisted of surviving on a daily basis, I was too busy thinking about where my next meal was going to come from, or where was I going to sleep to think about the real future. Yet Nick and I bonded because he brought a little sunshine during one of the darkest times of my life.
I would have also never guessed that 18 years later I would meet Tina, who on the opposite side of the world, had a similar story to mine.
Another free spirit girl, full of bravery and resilience, who in her homeless lifestyle, would climb trains to move from one city to another, until one day she fell down and the same train that enabled her to move around, left her without a leg...
During their vows, Tina acknowledged meeting Josh at her lowest and darkest time and falling in love with him because he brought some sunshine into her darkness.
While she read her vows, I shed more than a few tears thinking how grateful I was to be there.
When I lived in the street, I never imagined living in the USA, or even owning a camera, but here I was, being the photographer of Tina’s wedding, marrying the one that brought the hope back to her life, the one who sustained her at her lowest, and the one who stopped his own journey to walk one with her.
I’m not sure of much in life, but the one thing I am absolutely certain of: is that our lives are proof that no matter what, there is hope hiding behind every sadness, there is a Josh for every Tina, and a Nick for every Sandra.
Our lives are proof that no matter what, there is a purpose for each life on earth, we just have to wait until life unfolds because it sure will show us the rainbow after every storm, no matter how sad you are today, you will rejoice in joy tomorrow.
* In memory of MomMom *
PS: Dear Tina, Thank you for allowing me to take pictures that portray inclusion and representation by featuring your prosthetic leg <3 You ROCK!
At the end of the night, and thanks to Tina and Josh's generosity, we were able to repurpose the flowers which we transported to Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, and the leftover food was brought to the nearby Garrett College, for low income college students to enjoy that night.
Josh and Tina chose their venue for their sustainable practices.
Blue Moon Rising, is a vacation rental group of 15 cabins, built using sustainable construction practices.
The dirt removed during excavating foundations was carefully sifted and mixed with clay, water, and lime to become the natural plaster coatings on interior and exterior straw bale walls on the flagship building, while each and every tree that was removed during the construction of the properties, was carefully evaluated so that could be reused elsewhere on the project.
I encourage everyone to visit these interesting tiny cabins, that were not only beautiful, but also some of the nicest people.
Venue: Blue Moon Rising
Caterer: Harvest Moon Market
Bride's Dress: BHLDN
Groom's outfit: Macy's
Flowers: Farmhouse Fete
Hair and Make Up: Alexis from JL Studio
Officiant: Pete Finney
Bar: Wigle Whiskey
Favors, styling and decorations: One hella talented bride :)