Ayla and Lee

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How We Met

Gender roles mean nothing to this queer couple! I’m a gay cisgender woman and Lee is a transgender man. Love is Love.

How They Asked

From the first moment we met, I told Lee that I’d be proposing to him. Reason #974718 of why I love him is because he was cool with it. A couple of years into our relationship, I planned a proposal. Then COVID hit.

As healthcare workers, we are very aware of the risks of illness for ourselves and others. I had to create a Plan B.

Lee and his friend went for a walk with our dogs to a local pond. They saw a happy couple getting engagement photos done in front of a beautiful arch with flowers. The couple saw our puppies and beckoned Lee to bring them over. (Our huskies are super cute!) During the conversation, the couple nonchalantly tells Lee this set is actually for him. He looked at them with confusion. They said it again. He was still confused.

I appeared from behind the trees and walked toward him. He looked around and exclaimed, “What’s going on?” I smiled and replied, “You’re about to get in engaged.”

Spoiler Alert: Lee said YES!

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Special Thanks

Bee Two Sweet
 | Photographer