In part one of ESSENCE's two-part digital photo series on Black love, we look at the meaning and maintenance of Black love through the eyes of a diverse group of couples.
Black love is absolutely beautiful in every shade, at every age and stage and in every form. It's just that simple. How we love is about who we are, what we value and why we love our partners so fiercely and so deeply. It's why we cherish our bonds, make vows to each other and proudly build upon these legacies of love. Falling in love ain't easy and staying in love is even harder, but when we do (and oh do we!), the results are powerful, and magnificently beautiful in every way.
Today, in honor of Valentine's Day, the holiday on which we celebrate our love stories, we pay tribute to the beauty of Black love. We asked one of our favorite photographers, DC-based visual storyteller Dayo AKA Mr. Hype, of theARThype, to capture Black love as he sees it.
Each couple who stepped in front of his lens opened up to us and got candid about how they met and fell in love and how they stay that way.