It’s sad, but some LGBT people have to look outside of their gene pool to create a “family.” Sometimes your friends are the only family you got. And sometimes, rather than a small clique, your circle of friends encompasses the entire globe.
Meredith Hendrix’s parents turned down an invitation to their daughter’s wedding ceremony last year when she and Kat Jackson tied the knot in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After being snubbed by Meredith’s parents, the last thing the couple expected was for strangers from around the word to join in their celebration, but that’s exactly what happened when Meredith posted images of their wedding on Tumblr .
Positive comments began to appear, and soon, tens of thousands of people everywhere were offering congratulations and commenting on the stunning photos. The ethereal images captured by photographer Megan Burges capture the beauty of the Hendrix-Jackson union. The media picked up on it and soon Meredith and Kat’s mugs were appearing in the “Daily Mail” and “Curve Magazine.” And while the couple do make an unbelievably adorable pair, what Meredith says on her Tumblr page is true, stating: “I’m just the subject, she’s the artist!”
Burges met her future viral subject when the two were freshmen in college. They became quick friends and Meredith even posed as for some of Burges’ conceptual images for photography class.
“When Meredith and Kat became engaged, they asked me to shoot their wedding and I was beyond excited to help them celebrate this special time in their lives,” says Burges. The well-known photographer knew the couple’s style and tailored the images to capture the essence of their bond.
“I wanted to create classic images with atmospheric quality,” says Burges. “I wanted to focus on their sweet relationship first, and capture them being exactly who they are together.”
She also believes in producing images that create the largest impact, and she sure did — at last inspection her Tumblr post featuring Burges’s photos of the couple had received over 153,000 notes.
“When the images went viral, I was absolutely shocked,” says Burges. “I was extremely excited to get the news and immediately ran to tell my mom.”
All photos by Megan Burges Photography.
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