Today we have the privilege and honor to work with two people who fell in love for their same sex marriage. I have met Chip previous to meeting him and Bill at the St. Cloud Wedding Expo last year. The best part is the love between these two individuals is incredible to see and to see their family grow. We went out and caught some great images of their family during their engagement session in St. Cloud, MN. See a small synopsis of their story below. On May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed the bill of legalizing same sex marriage for marriage licenses in the State of Minnesota. Bill and Chip, with Olivia and Landon, were on the stairs of the State Capitol when this took place and today, they will sign their own same sex marriage license. Today surround by friends and family from all around, these two will officially make their love memorable on paper. Here’s their story – In 2004, Bill and Chip met at a local restaurant downtown St Cloud where Bill was working and Chip was out for the night. Bill was the crazy stalker that kept the credit card receipt that Chip wrote his phone number on, and still has it today, though he never got the courage to call him. When ask about the proposal, these two have an amazing story. We put a lot of thought and preparation into adopting our children and decided to exchange rings as a symbol of commitment to our family. Chip surprised Bill with a formal request for marriage on his birthday in 2012, one month before Minnesota’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was voted down. Bill and Chip legalized their relationship when they adopted Olivia, their daughter in 2009. An amazing dinner was had with 6 of their friends at Auberge du Soleil in Sonoma, California.
Thank you Bill and Chip for choosing Andrew Samplawski Photography! We are honored to be a part of your wedding day to see you the both of you officially sign your marriage certificate in the State of Minnesota.
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