Gay marriage in Graz, Austria.
It was the first time I had the privilege and honor to photograph a gay marriage of two men. One of them was a marine officer.
After the wedding I asked them about how they met and who they are. Here’s what they said…
“We met completely unexpectedly and almost instantly fell madly in love. We had a long distance relationship and we had to put a lot of effort into making it work: it worked because both of us want what is best for the other. Already we have been through quite a lot together. Our plans for the future: stick together through thick and thin.
We love everything about each other. We love each others virtues and we accept each others flaws and idiosyncrasies. We complement each other very well, we like to laugh and fool around together and we enjoy having serious discussions about politics. Sometimes we have a row, but that’s only natural, and we are never angry at each other for a long time. We like to spend time with our families and friends in Kiel, Saxony, Vienna and Graz. With our decision to get married we wanted to show our families and friends that we honestly want to be there for each other and that our love is real.
We belong to each other and love each other – showing affection to each other and spending a wonderful day together was an amazing experience. We want to emphasis that love is universal, regardless of whether it’s between a man and woman, man and man, or woman and woman. If you love your significant other with devotion wonderful things will happen during your life together and that is the only thing that matters. We want to show that, when a man marries another man, it is normal for them to love each other and to express their love for each other openly. In that particular sense, we hope that all men and women, who are engaged to be married, will have a wonderful wedding celebration and we wish them all the best in their future life together.”