Hurricane Irma destroyed the Virgin Islands, leaving the island of St. John with out energy or clear water and displacing many residents whose properties had been destroyed and jobs had been eradicated, forcing them to maneuver again to mainland USA and construct a brand new life. Marty Bruckner and Lauren Saia met in St. John six years in the past, and deliberate on doing their engagement shoot there. When Irma hit, Lauren was visiting her household in Boston, however Marty was already on St. John with photographer Anne Bequette.

That they had no concept of the storm’s impending severity and the concern that everybody would face. As soon as issues settled down post-Irma, Marty wished to have their love captured amongst the wreckage, signifying what they might survive collectively. Marty and Anne had rode the storm out collectively, so it appeared solely becoming to belief Anne with capturing this highly effective second. Stepping by damaged glass and warning tape, climbing on uprooted bushes, sitting atop particles, Anne photographed “Love Within the Ruins,” hoping to indicate there was nonetheless magnificence within the wreckage.


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