After Jasmine’s proposal, Clare proposed back by taking Jasmine to her favorite campsite then adventuring to an off-grid cabin to shoot their engagement shots.
How did you meet?
C: Our first date was to a vintage shop-meets bar with 70’s décor and live music. Like the millennial vegan hipster lesbians we are.
J: I knew Clare was going to be around for a while. Because we spent the first two hours reading tarot for strangers and rifling through oversized coats and colourful dresses.
C: Only one month later, I’d bought a van, and Jasmine had sublet her apartment for the summer. We met in August, and by November, we were off on an east coast road trip.
J: Fortunately, it went well.
C: We’d never picked up a drill before. The next thing you know, our van had a new ceiling, new bookshelves, new paint, and a new name – Ms. Vanjie.
J: The only other people we spoke to for those three months were a pair of lesbians we met nude at a waterfall in the middle of South Australia (Ash and Sherin, if you’re reading this, hay girl hay).
What is your favourite memory together?
C: On our first trip together, we stumbled across an exhibit at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne that was a celebration of love. I loved watching Jasmine wander around the neon, the photos, and the native flowers with her head tilted to the side and her tour guide headphones half falling off.
J: There was one section that invited you to write a love story on a card. I don’t remember what I wrote. But it would have been a sappy declaration of my obsession with this girl I had met three months before.
C: Any memory from the van is also my favourite. You look so beautiful, even though your skin is glowing with bug spray and sunscreen.
J: Images of you driving this massive 1990’s tradie van with your hair everywhere wearing some tiny shorts because it’s 40 degrees. The aircon doesn’t work, and we’re sitting on the engine are burned into my memory. It was so easy to fall in love with your adventures.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome together?
J: All my family and friends are overseas, which means that Clare’s family has basically adopted me, and she’s only met one of mine. We’re hoping to travel to Canada in 2021, but with COVID, it’s impossible to say. The first time that Clare will meet most of my people will be at our wedding.
Tell us your favourite thing about one another.
J: She’s one of the most brilliant people I know and yet can be such a fool that she makes me laugh for doing the stupidest things. We can literally look at each other and start giggling for no reason. We have a really equal relationship where I don’t feel like either of us is putting more in or getting more out than the other. It’s like my whole life is a sleepover with my best friend, and it’s so easy.
C: Her face. Her brain, booty, and her feminism. Her taste in books and her playlists. The way that she helicopter-mums our plants. The way that I could be stuck on the side of the road, in the rain, in a broken car with her, and still be having a great time.
What’s in the future for you both?
J: We are both in health and want to travel and volunteer with refugees and other vulnerable populations before eventually settling down, adopting some babies, and opening our own womyn’s clinic.
C: More immediately, we’re going to go for a walk in the rain, work on some pottery, and eat some warm shakshuka leftovers.
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Photography by Fox & Kin