Meera Graham Photography
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MEET MY PEOPLE and SEE THEIR STORIES.


Matt and Josh

 Photo by Meera Graham Photography

I learned long ago that love isn’t
chocolate or flowers
or sweeping soundtracks.
That love could be shared
through the click of a shutter.

And today, on this day,
I learn that I love you
is pruning shears
and counting forks,
and winding sunflowers with twine and numb forearms.
and running out for forgotten items three
– oops, make it four – times
in a single hour.
(hey, clothes are important).
and hefting equipment through
the glaring Montana sun
over – to - that (grunt)
perfect shady spot
in the trees.

Now Dogs,
Dogs say I love you constantly
and every day.
They are the best of us, covered in fur.
But today, the day of your wedding,
Socrates. doesn’t. poop. in. the. aisle.
and if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.
And he spent the day wandering
with a cheery grin and slightly manic eyes,
because dogs may not understand all our goings-ons
but they sure do understand what happiness feels like.

I love you is sometimes the quietest gesture,
like baking a cake with your weary mama hands
just three weeks after bringing
new life into this world.
your baby - your baby, in
that rainbow onesie, still bleary with
beholding
this big outside world with such tiny outside senses.

And don’t think I've missed how
today, the two of you offer love
everywhere, it seems,
with jars of candy,
and words of gratitude,
and profanity-laden socks,
and memory foam bunk beds.
and the simple - but profound - act
of letting children run free.
Just some of the ways you
look in the eyes of your people
and say
we know you and we love you for it.

Love is this sharing
of freedom and kindness
- and often, of food -
as you both well know,
because you worried so much
about everyone being fed.
Look! They were!

And look!
Look!
Look! at your friends
who smile from the tips of their toes
way up through their eyes
for the entire damn day
at the mere idea of
your well-earned joy.
Look at these, your Chosen Ones,
one who officiates with tears in his eyes,
one who speaks though she’s terrified,
many who stand with something to say.
all who carry things from place to place,
and are not afraid to carry you
when things get too hard.

Look at the mother that dances at this wedding,
and gathers her newest son
into her arms,
with the very same spilling of laughter and tears
she gives to the one she carried.
And think,
think of the mother
that couldn’t dance here,
but was here all the same
through your sister, through a letter,
through the beaming faces of everyone that loves you.

Look.
Look out at the faces that surround you,
this circle you’ve crafted, nurtured
and invited to dance.

Look.
Look into the face of the one that chose you,
the embers you’ve crafted and nurtured
and brought forth to dance.

You see,
I am learning that
I love you is just
space.
making space.
holding space.
and
sharing that space
with the ones
who’ll dance with you.

(Thank you for being my first Montana couple. I love you. -Meera)

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"...today, the two of you offer love
everywhere, it seems..."

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"...Look! at your friends
who smile from the tips of their toes
way up through their eyes
for the entire damn day
at the mere idea of
your well-earned joy..."

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"...Look at these, your Chosen Ones,
one who officiates with tears in his eyes..."

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"...one who speaks though she’s terrified,
many who stand with something to say,
all who carry things from place to place,
and are not afraid to carry you
when things get too hard."

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"...like baking a cake with your weary mama hands
just three weeks after bringing
new life into this world."

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"...and the simple - but profound - act
of letting children run free."

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"...Look.
Look into the face of the one that chose you,
the embers you’ve crafted, nurtured
and brought forth to dance."

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"Look.
Look out at the faces that surround you,
this circle you’ve crafted,nurtured
and invited to dance."

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"...I love you is just
space.
making space.
holding space.
and
sharing that space
with the ones
who’ll dance with you."

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Matt and Josh's joyful and loving same-sex wedding was held at White Raven Wedding and Event Center, in Alberton, Montana. White Raven is owned by a couple of lovely humans and is an incredibly affirming venue that is open to all.

Meera is a documentary photographer that specializes in exploring vulnerability, joy and identity with real couples that are best friends and equal partners. As a QPOC, I'm particularly passionate about supporting and representing LGBTQ, interracial and POC couples, and humans of all body types, abilities and ages.