Ben and I got engaged! We've thought a lot about what getting married means for us. We're both sovereign individuals, and it's important to me and us that we maintain our separate independence. However, I also love Ben as part of my family and I want our partnership to be recognized as such. Ben recently read an article ("What You Lose When You Gain A Spouse") about how marriage can actually isolate us rather than absolve feelings of loneliness. According to the author of the article, Mandy Len Catron, married people see their friends less, visit other family members less, and go out less than they did when they weren't married. It's important to me that Ben and I use our shared love for our community to bring folks together and into our home and lives, rather than push them away. I love love and I felt connected with Ben instantly when I met him almost eight years ago. It was like he was already my best friend. How wonderful, to be given the chance to share that with others. To see more photos from our engagement session, click here.