Chad and Daniel are THE couple to look up to. They have been engaged for 6 years and just celebrated their love with a wedding under their favorite palm trees at the Scripps Cottage Turtle Pond at San Diego State University, their alma mater and where Chad currently works. As you could imagine, Chad & Daniel have such a big story that has become more and more unbelievable as time goes on. As a gay couple, Chad & Daniel didn’t think a wedding would ever be a possibility for them. It was such an honor for us to capture such a special day that everyone will remember for a lifetime.
Chad & Daniel have grown together so much over the 11 years they’ve been together which has included adding 2 doggie kids to their family and a 1,000 teddy bears! Little Daniel, or LD, was the first gift Daniel ever gave Chad and he quickly became part of every day life with the couple. Including traveling, dinners, out for drinks (LD can be a bit of a lush), and even their Las Vegas proposal! Over time the teddy bears grew into a venture Chad & Daniel started together called the Bear Rescue. They collect bears from friends and people willing to donate, then take them to the Children’s hospital, women’s shelters, homeless people and everyone in need of a bear! Their commitment to this cause is just as strong as their commitment to each other.
All throughout their wedding day, Daniel sent several gifts that all meant something different in their relationship. The last gift was during his vows – he told the story about their first trip together in Pacific Beach. Daniel stepped away for a moment because there was something he saw that he needed to buy. Note that this was in the first few months of them dating. He bought it and saved it for the perfect time to give to Chad. Their ceremony was that perfect time. Daniel pulled out a two groom wedding cake topper from his pocket that he had bought 11 years earlier, and gifted Chad his final wedding gift of the day. This special day was nothing short of spectacular.