Justin and Simon’s wedding ceremony was photographed in Washington DC. Justin is a military veteran, was a man about to wed his love in a same-sex ceremony that was taking place because of the freedom that he defended with his service. His partner, Simon, a British-Indian man, could not be more resplendent in the traditional colors of his culture. Justin’s marine blues against the splashes of Simon’s colorful reds in his Sherwani was a striking and beautiful contrast.
Just after saying “I do” on the steps of the DC War Memorial, the image of the two men recessing up the aisle, hand in hand and their smiles beaming with joy is one of the most powerful photographs of a wedding ceremony. In the context of the image’s background, that photograph conveys not only the story of a beginning for Justin and Simon, it conveys the story of the beginning of so much more.