Rachel and Kim met after being pen pals and eventually got engaged under a T-Rex at the Museum of Natural History in DC. They have such a sweet love story! And after the SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage last week I asked Rachel to write about their story in her own words as well as discuss what the ruling means to her and Kim. Below are Rachel’s words and some of the beautiful moments from their wedding.
“Kim and I met as pen pals in the summer of 2010 through an LGBTQ pen pal website. I had just finished college and was living in Chicago, she lived in Atlanta and was about to start her last year of school in Virginia. We began writing letters (real, long-hand, snail-mail letters), and letters turned into emails which turned into 8-hour Skype sessions, and before I knew it, I was all kinds of stupid over her. When I told her that, she said she liked me too and we began dating long-distance.
For the first 9 months we knew each other, we were barely on the same continent. She was studying abroad in Japan for four months while I traveled around Europe and North America for work. I remember the battle of time zones — staying up until 4am on a semi-regular basis so that we could Skype after her classes in Nagasaki had ended for the day. Looking back, I have no idea how we managed to communicate as well and as often as we did. (My friends thought I was insane.)
We met in person on Valentine’s Day 2011 and I moved to Virginia not long after that.
When I think of the SCOTUS ruling today, the first word that comes to mind is dignity. Kim and I no longer have a second class, “skim milk” marriage, and for the first time since I realized I was different in ways society didn’t accept, I don’t feel like less for my differences. I feel dignified and proud and whole.”
Love wins!! And I absolutely adored working with Rachel and Kim!