July 7, 2021
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(I'm here and queer!)
1. My first name is Mei Lin (she/her)
2. I'm part of the LGBTQ+ & BIPOC communities
3. I really love pugs!
4. I’m a huge musical theatre fan
5. I care deeply about animal welfare as well as social justice issues.
6. I incorporate sustainable practices throughout your wedding photography experience
Photo By Lena Mirisola Photography
”It’s like a magic wizarding school but without the transphobia”.
Sarah & David wanted to incorporate the beautiful historic architecture that’s abundant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It felt like they were transported to a European city for an afternoon. The Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters had the perfect historic house and garden to run through. It had the great blend of old town charm and natural elements in the garden.
The Brattle Campus (now known as the South Campus) at Lesley University was where Sarah & David felt like they were transported to a magic wizarding school (but without the transphobia). It had such great architectural elements and a lovely courtyard where the couple could really let their love shine.
Sarah & David’s story began at their workplace, and who doesn’t love a good workplace romance? They both worked at a bookstore, though David was in the section with the actual books, and Sarah was placed in the souvenir section (you know, the one with all the t-shirts and novelty mugs). Safe to say that wasn’t Sarah’s ideal job, but through it she met her now-spouse. Their proposal story may seem a bit unconventional at first, but once you really get to know Sarah & David, you can’t imagine another way for them to be wedded. Sarah told David one day, “I think it would be easier to be married than not”. They got married under the rain at city hall, so here’s to many years of good luck.
Like many couples, they had a very intimate (read: just the two of them & their officiant) elopement at city hall last year right in the middle of the pandemic. It suited them as a couple to a T; they love each other and aren’t worried about all the “extra” things that can come with a wedding, they just wanted to be married to each other.
It was a few months after the fact that they decided they wanted some couple portraits to commemorate this special time in their lives. Due to everything, their session was postponed, and so fast-forward to this year, their couple session ended up being an anniversary session. In their session, Sarah included her gay earrings to show off her queerness, a really cool tote bag, and a thrifted dress ($18!). Cambridge was featured in their couple’s session. From the magic wizarding school (sans transphobia) vibes of the South (formerly Brattle) Campus at Lesley University, the gorgeous historic Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, and the beautiful green gardens, they could not have picked prettier places. And their ideal date night? Sitting in bed together watching the latest Kdrama. It’s what they often do to unwind together, and it’s the most perfect date night for them. Crash Landing On You fans, anyone?
Happy upcoming first wedding anniversary Sarah & David! (And happy upcoming birthdays!)
Photography | Mei Lin Barral Photography
Location | Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters and the South (formerly Brattle) Campus at Lesley University
Middle Grade Fantasy Author | Sarah Jean Horwitz
Mei Lin (first name, pronounced "may-LYNN", she/her) is a queer pug-loving musical theatre enthusiast who's passionate about commemorating diverse couples in love and their four-legged family. Animal welfare, social justice, and sustainability are three things that are really important to her. Trans rights are human rights. Love is love. Stop AAPI Hate. Black Lives Matter.
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