Amy & Victoria

 
 

Even when putting a styled shoot together - we love to highlight two people that are really, really truly in love and this is one of the most beautiful relationships I’ve ever seen. We wanted Amy to tell her love story in her own, very raw and authentic words and here it is…

 

“Amy, are you A GAY?” I could hear my mother’s Nigerian accent in my head while I was swooning over these photos.  It made me super weak with laughter as I envisioned her being utterly confused about what exactly queer means. The convo was hilarious. I love that Igbo woman.

 

Here’s the thing, Nigerian parents have a way of ignoring things that they don’t want to know the answer to or already know the answer to but don’t want to acknowledge or discuss it.

Before getting “left on read” was a thing on social media or via text, Nigerian parents had already mastered this art.

 

Curating and maintaining privacy while being explosively socially active is a life skill I should add to my resume. It’s been by choice and design until love happened to me. Like love love. ️

 

And besides, these photos are honestly too beautiful not to share sooo.....

 

SHE is Her:

 

I’ve fallen deeply in love with a woman. Although she’s not the first woman I’ve been intimate with, in the past I’ve consciously steered clear of relationships with women. “Nah, I don’t date women.” I’ll be honest, anything more than physical seemed “too gay” for me. Whatever that means. Chileeee I’m already unpacking that. I’ll report back when that “luggage” is empty, “clothes” are folded,  and all are stored away.

 

SHE has allowed me to be more vulnerable, transparent, and even more expressive than I was before. Her beauty is enamoring, her touch is intoxicating, and she sings a song that puts my soul at ease. Bae can sang sang. She melts my heart...her dimples are wide and deep enough for me to find comfort in. Although I find comfort in her extraordinary culinary abilities, at least her dimples don’t come with calories. Lol.

 

She’s sweet. Supportive. Sensible. Smart. Sexy. SHE. IS.  EVERYTHING. She’s so damn bomb y’all.

 

Additionally, she continuously encouraged me during the start of my business, Planes and Champagne Hawaii, a lifestyle concierge company. (shameless plug) But all FACTS.

 

I also understand her love language is quality time and I haven’t succeeded in that department while laying a foundation to not only entrepreneurship, but a beginning to a forever with her.

 

The Photoshoot

The number of people that reached out and was like, “Amy, so you got married without having a lit ass wedding that we could come turn up at?!!”  The fact y’all know my wedding would be lit af makes my heart burst into champagne bubbles. I love y’all so hard. 🥂

 

Calm down, we did not get married. You did not miss a lit ass wedding in Hawaii.  Most importantly, you did not miss the open bar.

 

Vida Chic Events reached out to me and stated they wanted to capture me and bae in a wedding style shoot at one of the island’s most beautiful beaches with the infamous wedding photographer Jenna Lee. Jenna Lee is almost never available but the universe aligned and she was free on Juneteenth. Crazy right?! Oh the universe.

 

Chavah Grant, owner of Vida Chic Events, literally coordinated this magical production in approximately 5 days. She told me she wanted to do BLACK wedding gowns, colorful flowers, white sand...I was like, “oh so this is going to be lit lit.” Got it sis.

 

I called my makeup artist friend Andrea Huff right away and made an appointment for her to come beat our faces to the GAWDS. And Sis deliverdt. Beatith to the horizons of the Melanated Gods. Love you Drea️.

 

I was slightly concerned Jenna, despite her impressive portfolio, wouldn’t capture our melanin properly. Sometimes vvhite photographers don’t give our glow the GLORY it deserves.

But she DEFINITELY delivered ! Whew.

 

So here I was... me and somebody’s daughter, ..somebody’s FINE AF daughter, getting photographed by Jenna Lee, with rings on from The Wedding Ring Shop, gowns from White Hot Hawaii, adorned with flowers from Vida Chic Events + Ocean Dreamer along a white sand beach on Oahu. Ziggy Marley’s “Beach in Hawaii” playing in my head...

 

A dream...a freaking dream.

 

I was nervous yet anxious and excited to write this. She deserves for me to love her out loud on Al Gore’s innanet.

 

This is me loving Victoria out loud. When she reads this, she’s likely going to bat her eyes with them long ass lashes she loves, with a smile so divine, and eyes that say, “I’m yours.”

 
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Nourish the love you have. And until love happens to you, please believe You. Are. Enough. Aloha ️


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Amy Benson

IG: @planesandchampagne_808

FB: Planes and Champagne

Web: www.planesandchampagne.com

 

Victoria Salter

IG: @elisabeth.kitchen

 

Photographer

Instagram/ pinterest/ twitter @jennalepics

FB: Jenna Lee Pictures

Web: www.jennaleepictures.com

 

Rentals,Florals, Design,Coordinator

IG: @vidachicevents

FB: Vida Chic Events

Web: https://linktr.ee/vidachicevents

 

Makeup Artist

Andrea Huff

IG: @dreamfacethemua

 

Attire

IG: @whitehothawaii

 

Rings

IG:@weddingringshop

 

Flowers

IG: @ocean_dreamerr

Just Married Jacket Hawaii

IG:@thesimpleflourish

 Drink Markers

IG: @picturesque_love_

Sarah Del Castillo