If synchronicity and divine coincidences are guidance from the universe that something is right, then we have been guided together from the very beginning. It is mind blowing to me that we met only 1.5 years before we married, through a Tinder date! From our first coffee date, we were taken with each other. We spent a magical year traveling more than I ever have, indulging our fitness fanaticism and foodie tendencies together. But most importantly, at the ages of 46 and 52, we had the tools and desire to make a relationship work. My father once said when the right man came along, he would make my life easier, not harder. At the time, I couldn't even fathom what that would look like, but now I know exactly what he meant.
Christmas Eve, the day before my favorite day of the year, Frank surprised me with a "ring on the dessert plate" proposal at a historic restaurant in Austin. To be honest, I thought he was going to propose two other times that year (once because his Google calendar actually said "Propose" on it!), and he hadn't, so I had surrendered and let go of my expectations and he managed to completely leave me speechless... all I could get out was "Yes!"
We decided to marry on our lucky day 4/4 of that next year. He said I could have whatever kind of wedding I wanted, but I could tell he was completely happy and relieved when I said we should go to my favorite city, NYC, to have a long weekend and get married at the City Hall.
We have children spread out all over the world, and it didn't seem right to have a wedding they couldn't all attend. And unlike our previous marriages, it wasn't about the big party or the spectacle this time... it was just about us! When you are the only two people at your wedding, the wedding photographer becomes very important! Kamila and her assistant, whom we had never met in person before, were the only two people who shared the day with us, and they were absolutely perfect! They were so helpful and made everything run smoothly. They were fun to hang out with, but they also knew when to hang back and let us be in our bubble. And the photos Kamila created are far better than my wildest dreams.
Our fairy tale wedding was the perfect prelude to our fairy tale life. I can say this with certainty, not because we will have any particular experiences, any particular successes, or any particular things, but because whatever happens to us will be met with a spirit of gratitude, partnership, learning, and wonder.
Words by Inger, the bride, as told to Amber Marlow. Photos by Kamila Harris.
Kamila is a wedding, elopement, and corporate event photographer from Queens, NYC. She's a progressive feminist photographer who loves capturing out-of-the-box intimate weddings and is always up for a photography adventure. She frequently photographs weddings and engagement sessions in her other favorite city, New Orleans.