This wedding features two of the most beautiful brides we have ever seen. With gorgeous attire, unique florals, and shoes we would love to borrow (and keep forever), this wedding is full of amazing details. We are also head over heels for their gorgeous tree painting, their adorable pedicab, and that stunning staircase! The real standout on this wedding day though is the beautiful love story between this lovely couple.
Their talented photographer and videographer, Tony Gambino said, “It was an absolute joy and honor to photograph and film a wedding video for Micaela and Raffinee, they are two of the most genuine and fun clients I have ever had the chance to meet, not to mention these girls are gorgeous! Their stunning wedding took place at the historic Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was the first same-sex wedding at that venue.”
Here is what the brides had to say about their love story:
“It all started back at Santa Clara University. Both playing sports and sharing many of the same friends, it was inevitable that we would meet. When we did, we can both agree- we made a lasting impression on each other. Throughout college, we remained friends and were a part of each others lives, though remotely. Unknowingly, we were at many of the same events and it has been nothing short of serendipitous realizing just how connected we actually were. It has been fun looking back at pictures, recounting past events and discovering how much history we actually had. We even came across some old Facebook messages in which we had jokingly thought it would be fun to move to Chicago together after college and be roommates.
Although we met in college, our love story began years after graduation when Micaela went to Denver, CO, for a residency interview where Raffinee was living at the time. After coordinating flights, a rental car and our schedules, we had planned a fun weekend around Micaela’s interview events. Complete with hikes, a trip to Red Rocks and a night on the town, we were excited to reconnect and catch up on each other’s lives since college. The morning of Micaela’s interview, Raffinee left for the hospital and wished Micaela well on her big day. After putting on her suit and organizing her interview material, Micaela walked down to the parking lot to head to her interview. The rental car was nowhere to be found. After double, and triple checking the parking lots surrounding the apartment complex, she called Raffinee in a panic. “I swear, I parked the car right in front of your apartment. The rental company gave me a white car, right?” After confirming the make, model and color of the vehicle, it became clear the car was actually gone. As the minutes ticked by and the interview time quickly approached, Micaela needed a plan B. Although it would be cutting it close, we realized that Raffinee could circle back, take Micaela to her interview and make it to work on time. With not a single minute to spare, both of us made it to our responsibilities on time that morning. That night over pizza, with the car found in a towing yard and the stressful morning behind us, we laughed at the chain of events that had unfolded. Somehow over the weekend, we realized that for the first time, we meant something more to each other. After that trip things were different. We talked almost every night and made plans to see each other as soon as possible.
Early into our relationship, Micaela noticed a ring that Raffinee often wore. A simple silver band, it looked similar to one she had in college. Although Raffinee was confident that SHE had bought the ring many years ago, Micaela vaguely recalled letting Raffinee borrow it at a social event in college. Somewhat in disbelief that it could actually be the same ring, Micaela remembered that her ring had a unique designers symbol engraved on the inside. When Raffinee removed the ring and handed it to Micaela for inspection- what she saw silenced us both. It was Micaela’s ring. There on the inner curve of the ring, was the designer’s engravement, just as Micalea had described. Without even knowing it, Raffinee had worn Micaela’s ring on her finger almost everyday for the past six years.”
Photographer: Tony Gambino Photography | Cake Designer:Chocolate Maven | Location: La Posada | Event Venue: Loretto Chapel