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Oh, this one still makes me teary. This isn’t just an ordinary mother-son dance at a wedding. This was from a same sex wedding, and this groom was from a very “religious” family – and no one – NO ONE from his side of the family came to the wedding. Just broke my heart for him. Still does. It’s a wedding I’ll never ever forget, because of it.

So the time came for the groom’s husband to dance with his mother, and while they were dancing, the other groom’s friends were comforting him. Next thing I knew, his new Mother-In-Law stopped dancing with her son, and she came over to dance with her new Son-In-Law. Trust me, there wasn’t a dry eye in the entire building. It’s the hardest I think I’ve ever cried behind a camera, for sure (and I’ve cried plenty at weddings). Thank God for auto-focus, because all I could see was a blur of my own tears.

So, in this week of two more states legalizing gay marriage, I’m posting this unblogged favorite, in honor of New Mexico, Utah, and a Mother-In-Law that truly knew what love was all about …

Beth Kukucka (pronounced Ka-Kutch-Ka) is a wedding photographer based out of Pittsburgh. Her work has been featured in such publications as Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, and People. She has also had gallery exhibitions of her work in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and her hometown of Pittsburgh. Beth has brought this unique mix of photojournalistic fine art photography to her weddings, photographing over 400 events.

Beth is widely known for capturing poignant moments and using light to create stunning portraits out of ordinary situations. Past clients have described her as a pleasure to have with them on a wedding day, exuding a calm demeanor on a day that can often be filled with anxious anticipation.

Kukucka Photography also specializes in same sex weddings in New England, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

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