“Sophie and Melanie are one of the happiest couples I know. They met back in 2009 in Denver, CO while Sophie was working as an Aupair and what started as two best friends became more. Sophie is French and had to go back to France after her visa expired. The two continued their relationship for 8 months on two separate continents until Sophie could come back to the US as an international student. They vowed they would do whatever it took to remain together, so they made many sacrifices because the US would not allow any recognition of their relationship or allow them to move forward with a formal commitment.
After 3 years, they got engaged in Santa Fe, NM, but they had no idea when they could actually set a date. In 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). This meant that being married in one of the few states that issued same-sex marriage licenses at that time would be a criteria for Sophie’s permanent immigration. Unfortunately, Colorado was not one of those states. Once New Mexico legalized same sex marriage, Sophie and Melanie drove down to Taos for the long awaited day. The two wanted something more special with friends and family and almost a year and half later, (and after same sex marriage was legalized in Colorado at the same time as a host of other states in 2014) Sophie and Melanie planned and held the wedding ceremony of their dreams at Arrowhead Golf Club. Sophie’s family and friends flew in from France for an epic 3-week trip across the US, starting with the wedding in Denver, and including a road trip with the Mrs. and Mrs. to Las Vegas, among other iconic US destinations. The brides’ colors included shades of peach, along with natural linen and brown. They incorporated two birds, and arrows into their beautiful custom paper decorations and signs. They made a guestbook with their engagement photos and wide white margins so guests could leave a personal message yearbook-style. Sophie took the lead on planning and creating the boho chic style wedding down to every tiny detail. She spent many hours researching and collaborating with Melanie on what they could make themselves to complete the vision. Melanie is an artist by training and makes incredible art pieces with cut paper. She created most of the custom work. The photographs were created with special attention to the brides’ personalities. “Their love and the way they express that love is unique. Nothing about the photos should try to put them in a traditional box,”