Skyler found his family. Jen and Patty found their heart.
I had the honor of photographing an adoption proceeding for a couple whose wedding I photographed a couple of years ago. This wasn't just any adoption proceeding, though. It was a proceeding that made the challenge of growing up gay in the 70's worth every rock thrown and every name called.
Skyler is the blessed soul who is officially, legally, the son of an amazing couple who I'm privileged to know, Patty and Jen. They have waited for Sky since long before he arrived - and even their wedding day took into consideration the child they would one day have. That day finally came.
Not only are Patty and Jen a lesbian couple, legally married, and now legally recognized as the parents of Sky, but they are a "celebrated couple", as declared by the judge, who was deeply touched by their commitment and adoration of this sweet boy. As I photographed the judge's sincere happiness for all involved, I realized that I was witnessing a history that I was part of, simply because I never ran from the names or the rocks. Looking into Sky's beautiful eyes, I'm so glad I stood courageous for him, as so many of us did when a day like this once seemed impossible.
Welcome, sweet Skyler. I know that your life will be magical and blessed. it was an honor to witness the celebration of YOU, and of history.