A Pegleg and an Eye PatchChicago, Illinois, USA
When Distance is No ObstacleLake Atitlan, Guatemala
Lauren and I met each other nine years ago when I was studying abroad at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. I was with friends at a popular college bar when I noticed a beautiful girl across the room. I leaned over to my friend to point her out and it turned out that he knew her. He got to his feet, walked over to her, and introduced me to Lauren.
When I left the US to return home (I am from the Netherlands), the two of us stayed very close. We tried to remain friends even though it became clear to each of us that we would not be able to get over one another. Lauren flew to Amsterdam a few years later on Christmas and from that point forward, we knew it would be forever.
After a long-distance relationship we ended up in New York City, where we currently live together. About one and a half years ago, we were traveling through Guatemala when we met Chrissie and Anna, who were shooting photos for the Love is Project. Chrissie asked if we wanted to be hand models and we were happy to help. It resulted in a very fun morning with great photos!
"When I was planning to propose to Lauren over the summer, I reached out to Chrissie and Anna because I knew Anna lived in NYC and I hoped that she could take pictures on the day of our engagement! Anna was so kind for wanting to help. One and a half years, after meeting each other in a remote part of Guatemala, we met again in Manhattan just after I proposed to Lauren. We spent about two hours on our rooftop and in the city taking pictures. It was a wonderful afternoon and a great way to memorialize that special day.”
Flowers and Love NotesKandy, Sri Lanka
When the Wrong Shoes are the Right Shoes
San Francisco, California, USA
My parents, Onsi and Gladys Lam, recently celebrated 45 years of marriage. They met in SanFrancisco after my mom got dressed in the dark and raced to the bus stop. There, my dad pointed out she was wearing two different colored shoes. They have been together ever since.
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