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'Small world' leads famed photographer to capture Chicago couple's wedding

May 08, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

"It's so odd meeting you here today,” Octavious recalls Judd telling him. “You see, my partner Scott (Robbins) and I are getting married tomorrow, and I kid you not, the other day he said 'How crazy would it be if we ran into Paul Octavious while leaving City Hall [and he] just happened to be there taking photos while we were getting married.”

As it turns out, Octavious made sure he “just so happened” to be there for Scott and Judd’s wedding, and took a series of photos for the couple free of charge. One of the photos, which he posted to Instagram on Tuesday and titled “Escalator of Love,” racked up 8,005 likes and has been featured by the Huffington Post and Out Magazine.

“I said, ‘I’m so sorry if you guys are getting this much attention,’ ” Octavious said. “They said ‘We love it, it’s amazing.”

In no way did he intend for the photo to get so much attention, he said, and he also didn’t intend for all the extra notice of his work. He just wanted to be a part of the moment.

“For me, I’m also gay myself,” he said. “Seeing that happen was really nice. It’s amazing.”

Octavious’ full caption for the photo is below.

The Escalator to Love - They say that everything happens for a reason. This past weekend, I headed downtown to meet up with a few friends for a late lunch. I was the first of the group to arrive and was greeted by our lovely waiter, a gentleman by the name of Judd, who took my drink order. After a few minutes, Judd returned with my beer and said, "I wanted to let you know that I'm a huge fan of your work." He continued, "It's so odd meeting you here today. You see, my partner Scott and I are getting married tomorrow, and I kid you not, the other day he said 'how crazy would it be if we ran into Paul Octavious while leaving City Hall-Paul just happened to be there taking photos while we were getting married'"... I laughed, and Judd said in a hopeful/joking tone "So what are you doing tomorrow?" ;) ... So the big day came for Judd and Scott, and lo and behold, Paul Octavious just so happened to be at City Hall at the exact same time the boys were heading to tie the knot. Scott was completely surprised, Judd was excited, and I was honored to photograph such a wonderful moment. This shot is the escalator to marriage court. Congrats @_judd & @robbinshood! ¿¿¿¿¿¿#heputaringonit

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