Tammy and Roe took their son to Family Week, a phenomenal Provincetown tradition. It was their first time in Ptown as a family.
They traveled with friends who also have children, and rented a house together right on the beach, bay side, on Commercial Street.
Tammy and Roe had been together as a couple for a number of years. But they lived in a state that was not welcoming of their relationship. Though he loved Tammy as much as his biological mother, Roe, their son was finding it difficult to explain his family life to friends at school.
“Though he loved Tammy as much as his biological mother, Roe, their son was finding it difficult to explain his family life to friends at school.”
Tammy and Roe watched their son struggle and withdraw because he didn't see families like his where they lived. So they planned this vacation to Provincetown Family Week in hope that it might help their son.
Everyone was surprised
No one could have guessed how well their son would thrive at Family Week. As soon as he saw families like his, all around him, kids just like him, his moms said his sparkling personality came back. He made friends on the beach by himself. He woke up early, and didn't want to come in at dark.
Tammy and Roe were overjoyed. And it got them to thinking.
Let's get hitched
They'd long wanted to get married, but their son was their priority. They needed him to be ok first. And it had been tough for all of them in their home state. But in Provincetown, they all felt supported and safe and joyful. So out of the blue, Tammy and Roe decided they were going to elope!
They were only in Ptown for a week. They had to make this happen quickly. They found an officiant who was available on a weekday. They bought casual white beach attire. They invited their housemates and friends they'd met at Family Week. And they called me!
“I don't know if this is something you do." Tammy said when she first called.”
"I don't know if this is something you do." Tammy said when she first called. She told me their story and I was overjoyed that they called me, because YES this is something I do!!!! All they wanted was one hour of photography coverage. Enough to capture a little of the getting ready excitement, the brief beach ceremony, and a few portraits on the beach. You bet! I'm there!
It means the world to me to have played a part in this wonderful story. To be able to capture the joy this young family experienced together on this seemingly magical vacation was an extraordinary honor. To document their coming together fully, joyfully, as a family brightened my world just by bearing witness.