All of a sudden the potential to get married and have it be recognized at a federal level was real. Getting married for us means that we have full freedom to choose to live together in the US or the Netherlands.
Aren’t Monique and Rebecca just the cutest pair?
Monique was born and raised in California, Rebecca however grew up in the Netherlands, and is a dutch citizen. As you could imagine through their 6 year relationship, keeping up Rebecca’s visa was hard work. After DOMA was struck down in 2013, they, along with many other binational couples in America, received equal immigration rights!
“I have a lot of great memories growing up of spending summers with my great-aunt and uncle who live in a beautiful home in the French Pyrenees. In the summer of last year, I finally had a chance to take Monique to this special place from my childhood on our way to Barcelona with my parents. Although I had left the US prepared (with the perfect ring and Monique’s parents’ blessing in my back pocket), I hadn’t quite decided when and where to propose to her and was waiting for the right opportunity to come along. On our last evening there – we just had dinner with my family and just enjoying the moment – I decided everything felt right and asked her to walk with me through the garden. While the sun was setting behind the mountains, I nervously stumbled over my words as I asked Monique to marry me. She happily accepted and after having a few moments together, we walked back to my family who were anxiously waiting to hear her response. Our announcement was met with tears, toasts and dance and all in all it turned out to be a magical evening.”
The pair found their photographer Cassandra Zetta right here on F* Yeah Gay Weddings and after finding out she was traveling through their city, they booked her in for an engagement session, the results of which you can see are stellar!