Two years. Two years of navigating the world of marriage. Two years of love as husband and wife. Two of the best years of my life. I love you, Antonio. Happy anniversary, mi amor. • Two years later, our wedding is on our blog. Click the link in bio to see some of my favorite memories of our intimate California wedding ❤️
Real talk. It’s late June and this is the first post I’ve made about Pride Month (outside of Stories). SHAME! I’m feeling pretty guilty that I haven’t given Pride Month the attention it deserves this year. To all of my LGBTQ+ friends, family, and clients: I’m so sorry. I ❤️ you and I celebrate you everyday! 🌈🦄🎉🥂
I spent most of my life wondering how I was so fortunate to have two wonderful men to call dad. Two years ago this week, I gained a third and I still can’t believe that I’m so lucky to have them all. Happy Father’s Day to my three incredible dads, as well as all the dads and dads-to-be out there. ❤️
It’s JUNETEENTH and today I’m going to #amplifymelanatedvoices by sharing this super insightful overview by the incredible @blairimani #educateyourself • JUNETEENTH. Until *very* recently many people had never heard of this holiday. I shudder to think how many people are jumping on the Juneteenth bandwagon without fully understanding its importance. But that’s why I’m a historian. I’m here to teach YOU! 🥳👉🏼Let’s dive in: Juneteenth is a day of remembrance, action, and celebration for Black lives. #Juneteenth, also known as #EmancipationDay or #FreedomDay, is celebrated annually on June 19th. It’s meant to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, but like most brief definitions, that’s far from the whole story. Let’s start with some definitions: 🔒Chattel Slavery: In the Americas was a form of enslavement from the 1520s to 1860s in which enslaved Africans were bought, sold, traded, and inherited like “chattel” or property. Unlike indentured servitude, enslavement was passed down from mother to child. 🕊 Emancipation Proclamation: The Emancipation Proclamation (1863) was an order signed by Abraham Lincoln to destabilize the Confederate States. 📜 13th Amendment: Ratified on Dec. 6, 1865, it banned slavery and involuntary servitude, except in the case of punishment for a crime. 🎯 Back to Juneteenth: Texas, which has seceded during the Civil War ignored the proclamation which was issued by an outside government (the Union 🇺🇸) and continued to hold people in the bondage of slavery. On June 19, 1865, one month after the Civil War ended AND THE CONFEDERACY LOST, Union soldiers reached Texas and announced that enslaved people were now free. Seven months later, the 13th Amendment was finally ratified. 🔔 FREEDOM IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE 🔔 But newly freed people had no possessions, no land, no protection, and no formal education. We are their descendants. We made a way out of no way. Our lives matter. #BlackLivesMatter
What to do when Coronavirus screws up your wedding plans?? Be like Faith & Jesse and spend your would-be wedding day with me taking photos and drinking Coronas at your wedding venue! 🍻 See more of this beautiful couple and their GORGEOUS photos at @the_bluestone and @columbusmuseum on the blog and in my Stories!