Love is Love: Steph and Lela Figarelle
Shalem and I had so much fun with Steph and Lela for their Love is Love session. These two met at the University of Alaska Anchorage, so we figured what better place to take their portraits than back at school! They were one of the first couples April Frame with Frame By Frame Products documented in the behind the scenes film she produced. We’ll be posting a link to the Love is Love Documentary soon! We started at the UAA Consortium Library, and then headed to the dog park nearby for some more fun images around the lake!
Steph and Lela received substantial coverage in the media as they were the first LGBT couple to be married at the Empire State Building in New York City. Check out more beautiful images from their wedding on the Equally Wed Website.
Steph and Lela met in an Anatomy and Physiology lab class at UAA in the Fall of 2010. After an interesting first date, they hit it off and have been inseparable ever since. After realizing they never wanted to be apart, Steph proposed to Lela in September of 2011, and on Valentine’s Day 2012- they were married atop the Empire State building in NYC. Currently, they run their personal training business Figarelle’s Fitness together and enjoy taking long walks with their puppy, Link. Both enjoy running, lifting weights, helping people, and traveling the World.
Lela is THE inspiration for my life’s work. She has given me a deeper purpose and infused my life with a passion that I’ve never known before. (From Steph)
I love Steph’s charismatic personality and her ability to stay strong through any obstacle that stands in her way; she had me from our first date. I’ve never had anybody love me as much as she does – she’s really one of a kind:-) (From Lela)
Steph and Lela’s images are featured in our In Love Gallery