“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
May: “We met online and like most long distance relationships, we spent a lot of time communicating through text messages. Because my off-beat trail of thoughts, we had a lot of not-so-useful-but-very-intriguing conversations. For example: if you had to pick an era and place to go back and live, where and when? I chose 1980’s Japan and he chose the Romance of three kingdom era in China. If you were to become an animal, what would we be? I said a Meer cat and he said a Greyhound. Those kinds of conversations summarize our relationship in a nutshell.“
Billy: “I remember quite a few of our early exchanges started out as what you would expect, but in no time flat they became much more in depth, leading to quite lengthy novels. I fondly remember the first time I officially asked May if she would be interested in dating me, we were still long distance and I was just about to board my flight back home. I remember receiving a positive response which literally made me feel higher than the clouds as I danced on my airplane ride back.”
So there we were, drinking tea at Pleasant House Pub, embracing steampunk attire, exploring the nooks and crannies of the Lacuna Artist Lofts, and gaming at the Logan Square Emporium . Because there are no rules, especially when it comes to engagement sessions. It’s all about being you, being together, marching to the beat of your own drum, and that’s exactly what we did.
When did you know he/she was the one?
May: “I knew it about about 3 months into our relationship! I love his honesty, openness and how he puts aside his pride and ego and really considers what I have said and if I was right. He is brave enough to acknowledge when he is wrong and say sorry! So attractive!”
Billy: “The engaging conversations we would often share would challenge me to think beyond my current understanding of myself and the world around me. I felt like I was chasing something greater and was fascinated by the process. I remember thinking “Wow, this woman is incredible!” I could feel myself growing as an individual and was drawn to May’s direct and yet warm personality. She was able to see past me in the first few exchanges where many others couldn’t even begin to scratch the surface. It was an instant arrow to the heart!”
How did he propose?
May: “I was cleaning my apartment and getting ready for my summer move out. I was overwhelmed with all the boxes and packing so I was in a stressed mood and was pre-occupied and grumpy. He was visiting me, he held my hands and led me to the couch to sit down and put his arms around me. Then he said, “I am here , we can do it together. You know I have thought a lot about us. I want us to be in this together (moving and the stress of graduating and job searching). “Would you mind marrying me?” And obviously my mood turned from grumpy to excitement! “
What locations did you choose and why?
May: “We choose Logan Square Emporium because we are both love to play video games and we like the hipster vibe there. Bethany gave us the brilliant suggestion of going to the lofts. We are fans of dressing up, I love steam punk Billy dressed up as a cowboy. Lacuna’s diverse themed rooms and art projects were such a treasure!”
What was your favorite part of the photo session?
May: “I loved dressing like a steampunk pilot and cruising around the Lacuna Artist Lofts! We got to see A LOT of cool art projects and had fun taking photos with them. “
Billy: “Definitely Lacuna Artistic Loft. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I loved the part of being on the roof and being able to gaze at the Chicago skyline, and being able to capture the sunset in our photos. It helps that May absolutely adored it as well!”