two men and a love

sometimes it is this simple. you find someone you love and want to spend every sleeping and waking moment with that person. you find a love you are so proud and happy of that sharing it, proclaiming it, sealing it is the next unstoppable thing to do.

and sometimes, we get lucky enough to be part and witness of such grand gesture of love. one that is sure and unafraid of whatever social restriction/law or lack of it.

if you love someone, show it. surprisingly, it's that simple. =)

Paolo and John’s Engagement Shoot

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Paolo and John are getting married today.

I’ve said it before about shooting weddings, we’re probably not going to change the world doing what we do, but we try to capture everything that is right and good about it for two specific people on one specific, special day. What we do matters to these people, and these photographs will be kept and treasured by their families forever. I’m not sure if covering Paolo and John’s wedding will change how some people still insist on narrow-mindedly seeing the world, but I do know that my husband and I will witness and document a union of two people in love with each other today. It’s as simple and wonderful as that for us, and really, what it’s all about.

I feel almost protective of these two. I have a son, and if he turned out to be gay, I would certainly hope he would be allowed to marry whomever he loves. I want him to see that when you love purely, honestly, with all your heart, and when every fiber of your being just sings with it, when you have found the one you want to spend the rest of your life waking next to, you can.
Paolo and John’s Wedding Day



Thank you Paolo and John for the inspiration. :)



starting over

last year (yes, am still talking about last year. call me nostalgic yeah?),  several things happened that made me doubt the order of things.

my neighbor closet gay friend broke up with his live-in bf of 2yrs and got committed to a girl classmate from post-grad, with plans of getting married even. he apologized to me because he said, "hindi ko kayang pangatawanan ang pagiging ganito. gusto ko magkapamilya... blah..blah..." fine. i did argue that gays can have families too. anyway. a college student neighbor of ours again whom as a young kid already showed his swag as a young gay, recently had himself a gf too! and has been broadcasting to the fb world of their every date/activity as a couple (which made me quickly look for the unsubscribe feature). AND then last December, few days before Christmas, an ex-colleague (female) of mine who used to have gf of 4-6yrs and professed how they are destined for each other, just got married. with a guy. ugh. my world turned upside down and felt apocalyptic already. these signs freaked me out. good thing a lez friend of mine got legally married with her partner of 10yrs. suddenly, the world is right and i feel good.

many things change, from the physical to the emotional to sexual up to spiritual. it can't be helped. but at the very core of these changes one thing doesn't and continues to be universal, it's love. we all love. whether it's from the bottom of our hearts, at the top of our lungs, head over feet/heels, or from the hypothalamus, we love.

and amid the pain, disappointments, it still feels good to love. tirelessly. we may pause, and it's okay. then resume, start anew. just like this new year of starting over.

so to keep the love alive and the good vibes going, let me share you this very special video that is guaranteed to make you sigh, cry, sniff, hope, love. please have your tissues/hanky ready.

super thanks to KM for sending me this link. i love you friend! :)
Thank you Expedia for producing this video. It means a LOT! :)
*this is my dream too. =)*
source: Landlopers


Maryland is now Marry-Land for Same-Sex couples

Same-sex marriage ceremonies
begin early New Year's Day in Maryland
January 1, 2013 1:30 AM
Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year's Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year's Day.

James Scales, 68, was married to William Tasker, 60, on Tuesday shortly after midnight by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake inside City Hall.

"It's just so hard to believe it's happening," Scales said shortly before marrying his partner of 35 years.

Six other same-sex couples also were being married at City Hall. Ceremonies were taking place in other parts of the state as well.

The ceremonies follow a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin O'Malley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question.

"There is no human institution more sacred than that of the one that you are about to form," Rawlings-Blake said during the brief ceremony. "True marriage, true marriage, is the dearest of all earthly relationships."

Same-sex couples in Maryland have been able to get marriage licenses since Dec. 6, but they did not take effect until Tuesday.

Darcia Anthony, left, and her partner, Danielle Williams, chat before participating in a marriage ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Same-sex couples in Maryland are now legally permitted to marry under a new law that went into effect after midnight on Tuesday. Maryland is the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to approve same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In 2011, same-sex marriage legislation passed in the state Senate but stalled in the House of Delegates. O'Malley hadn't made the issue a key part of his 2011 legislative agenda, but indicated that summer that he was considering backing a measure similar to New York's law, which includes exemptions for religious organizations.

Shortly after, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore wrote to O'Malley that same-sex marriage went against the governor's faith.

"As advocates for the truths we are compelled to uphold, we speak with equal intensity and urgency in opposition to your promoting a goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society," wrote O'Brien, who served as archbishop of the nation's first diocese from October 2007 to August 2011.

The governor was not persuaded. He held a news conference in July 2011 to announce that he would make same-sex marriage a priority in the 2012 legislative session. He wrote back to the archbishop that "when shortcomings in our laws bring about a result that is unjust, I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice."

The measure, with exemptions for religious organizations that choose not to marry gay couples, passed the House of Delegates in February in a close vote. O'Malley signed it in March. Opponents then gathered enough signatures to put the bill to a statewide vote, and it passed with 52 percent in favor.

Voters in Maine and Washington state also approved same-sex marriage at the ballot box in November. In total, nine states and the District of Columbia have approved same-sex marriage. The other states are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.