Kris and Talisa first met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in New York City. There was an instant connection between them from the very first conversation. “I have a strong connection to animals,” Kris explains. “The real test for me was asking her in the middle of the loud club if she liked animals too. I wasn’t sure if she heard me, but she instantly responded ‘I love them!’ Basically, I was ready to get down on one knee at that exact point.”

After nearly two years of dating, Kris planned a heartwarming proposal at Target First Saturdays at The Brooklyn Museum during a Pride month event. All of Talisa’s family and friends secretly gathered at the event to see the magical moment. “My initial reaction was to hysterically cry,” Talissa recalls. “After realizing a photographer was capturing the moment, I quickly got myself together and said ‘Yes!’ I’m an ugly crier.”

As nature lovers, Kris and Talisa knew a remote location surrounded by nature’s beauty would be the perfect location to wed. “I envisioned trees, trees, and more trees,” says Talisa. “After searching the internet for quite some time, we found the Roxbury Barn and Estate. The next week, we drove to upstate New York in the snow with our moms and saw the venue. We were in awe of the entire place.”

With the help of their day-of wedding coordinator, and a team of POC and LGBTQ vendors, Kris and Talisa had the wedding of a lifetime surrounded by love, trees, and memories to last a lifetime. The lack of cell phone reception at the venue allowed guests to enjoy the day uninterrupted, and be enveloped in the spirit of love.

Scroll through the gallery to see the best moments from Kris and Talisa’s woodsy New York wedding.

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