new york's cutest summer couple's sound off on life and love
As the dog days of summer draw to a close, Kathy Lo shoots seven of the city's sweetest couples. Whether they exchanged first likes on Instagram or went on first dates to Wu-Tang Clan cake exhibitions, these lovers make each other feel like the heart...
Name: Lydia Kitty Burns
Where are you from? Brooklyn, NY
What do you do? Full time student, part time model.
How did you meet your partner? Mutual friends initially, but then I think we found each other on social media. Gotta love the internet.
What do you love most about your BF? I get anxious easily so whenever I'm stressing about something, his positivity and naturally calm demeanor are a blessing.
What is love? For me, it's about being able to totally share my soul with someone, even the parts that aren't so developed or "pretty." Someone who can appreciate even the not-so-nice parts of me is someone worth keeping around.
Name: Duane Terrance Marshall
Where are you from? Bahamas
What do you do? I'm into creative media design.
What do you love most about your GF? She's like a fierce little feline! She's super ambitious and determined -- her mind is way beyond her years.
Describe your perfect date: My perfect date would consist of spontaneous activities: walking and talking, and mostly spending no money. Not because we don't have money to spend on each other, but because it keeps us focused on the reason we linked up in the first place -- being with each other.
What is love? A mixture of affection, indulgence, time, trust, commitment and mental stimulation. I believe love is about testing each other, helping one another -- putting aside your needs for someone else's and building each other's confidence.
Name: James Luttrel Cruickshank
Where are you from? East Long Island.
What do you do? I work in the hospitality industry.
How did you meet your partner? She asked me out on a date over text while I was on a soul searching mission in Ireland.
What do you love most about your GF? My girlfriend is the funniest and kindest person in the entire world.
Describe your perfect date: Cooking her an elaborate dinner at home, lots of wine, then "Netflix & Chill." :)
What is love? Putting someone before yourself.
Name: Rachel Ballinger
Where are you from? Westchester, NY
What do you do? I'm a model.
How did you meet your partner? Through my best friend, Ian Bradley.
What do you love most about your BF? His Prince Charming hair.
Describe your perfect date: Eating sushi and then going to a funny dive bar and making out.
What is love? Not being able to be mad because he ends up making me laughing too hard.
Name: Austin Sandhaus
Where are you from? New York.
What do you do? I'm a photographer and photo assistant.
How did you meet your partner? Kindall and I met on Howard Street, where we both used to work. She came in with cornrows one day and my jaw was resting on my shoelaces.
What do you love most about your GF? Kindall is the most poised angel I have ever met - besides the fact that she trips so often, she really is floating on a cloud. There's this peacefulness she exudes that is so unfettered and confident that it is magnetizing.
Describe your perfect date: We have the most fun just roaming around and saying weird shit to each other.
What is love? Love is believing you've examined every mark, curve, look, smell, whatever, only to be surprised every day by a new one.
Name: Kindall Almond
Where are you from? Littleton, Colorado
What do you do? In house stylist for Opening Ceremony, designer.
How did you meet your partner? Aus used to work at the Smile to Go in SoHo and I was working at the OC store across the street. I used to go in all the time (still do) and flirt with her across the sneeze guard until we finally met on the other side.
What do you love most about your GF? I love that Austin has this extremely rare, genuine curiosity for the world and all of the people that she meets. She's the type of person that will make you feel like the only person in the room within seconds of meeting you. That and her freckles, I love those freckles.
Name: Martine Fabiana Langatta
Where are you from? I'm originally from NYC but have moved around NY state my whole life.
What do you do? I am currently working on a fashion brand with Juan, but I also work on painting and installation pieces.
How did you meet your partner? Through a mutual friend and magical forces!
What do you love most about your BF? How incredibly sweet he is. He literally does not have a mean bone in his body.
What is love? That feeling in your heart that makes you feel like you are completely out of control. Love is growing with someone.
Where are you from? Miami.
What do you do? I own a business with my girlfriend in Montauk, NY. We also run a gallery called SSG (Secret Sixteen Gallery).
How did you meet your partner? I was DJ ing at a dive bar in Brooklyn.
What do you love most about your GF? Her old spirit and her pasta!
Describe your perfect date: Starting the day at the beach -- surfing, making a shack and bringing snacks. Then taking a mini road trip and finding a new spot to eat and maybe a thrift store along the way.
Where are you from? I am adopted from China and grew up in Danbury, CT.
What do you do? Once a sushi chef, sometimes a model, sometimes a writer.
What do you love most about your BF? We wear the same size shoe!
What is love? Caring for somebody.
Name: Adam Dupré
Where are you from? Rhode Island.
What do you do? Design, consultation, and product.
What do you love most about your GF? She is silly. We both love mid-century design.
Describe your perfect date: Monaco Grand Prix and a swim in the Dead Sea.
What is love? Experiential, not transcribed.
Name: Emmett Shine
Where are you from? LOLA, Southampton, New York
What do you do? Founder and creative director of Gin Lane.
What do you love most about your GF? I love that we think of ideas and aspirations together and support each other to chase them. It's beautiful having a partner to do that with.
Describe your perfect date: Walking nearby to a nice dinner of pasta and a bottle of wine, We'd be sitting outside with our puppy, Tommy Girl.
What is love? It's beautifully hard to describe, but easy to feel.
Name: Sandra Winter
Where are you from? Copenhagen, Denmark
What do you do? I'm a director working in fashion and commercial film.
How did you meet your partner? Emmett got my number through a friend and asked me out -- to a WuTang cake exhibit! Our first date was special, we didn't want the night to end. I left the day after for two months in Copenhagen. We've been together since the day I came back to New York.
What is love? I think love is when you want to be the best version of yourself to make the other happy. It's about thinking for two, growing together, chasing dreams together, being partners.
Name: Zach Sky
Where are you from? Boston.
What do you do? I'm a filmmaker
How did you meet your partner? I needed a special effects makeup artist for a film I was directing, so I asked her if she would do it. She said yes and the rest is history.
What do you love most about your GF? She is really into crazy movies and is in general the best resource for film trivia. I love her love of film.
What is love? Fully trusting another person with your most intimate wishes and dreams and providing unconditional support for each other to achieve those dreams.
Name: Aine Vonnegut
Where are you from? Vermont and North Carolina.
What do you do? Sculpture, special effects makeup and prosthetics for film.
What do you love most about your BF? His eyes and the crazy shit he says to me when he's sleeping.
Describe your perfect date: Dancing whenever, wherever.
Photography Kathy Lo