It turns out California Deputy District Attorney Daniel Powell wasn't
just advocating for the futures of others when he argued
in front of the California Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8—the amendment Californians passed in 2008 to outlaw same-sex marriages. He was also fighting for the future of his partner of four years, Jonathan Calabretta, and himself. On Saturday, their dream of becoming legally married became reality when they tied the knot in Sacramento at Beatnik Studios in front of family and friends.
One of the highlights of the ceremony featured a reading of Daniel's closing argument to the court, which poetically made the case for why same-sex marriage should be legal in a heartfelt way.
It was a historic day in my career as well, as this was the first same-sex marriage I have ever had the chance to photograph. I've shot more than 350 weddings in my career and I have to say this was one of the most emotional scenes I have seen yet.
Everybody at their wedding was a blast to be around and the whole event could not have been a more pleasant experience.
I grabbed this shot of them in a park adjacent to the state capital building with my Lumix GX7 Mirco FourThirds mirrorless camera prior to the ceremony.
You can read more about the couple by looking at their wedding announcement, which ran in the New York Times today.
©Photo By Steve Keegan, 2014, All Rights Reserved.