Box Wine Engagement

Everything happens for a Riesling, including this very special engagement.

Back in August, writer, artist, and friend Michael James Schneider partnered with me to photograph his engagement. After breaking up with his boyfriend, he created his own makeshift boyfriend out of boxes of wines.

“Since I didn’t have a boyfriend anymore, I made one myself out of the discarded wine boxes I ‘self-medicated’ with, along with some boxes others friends donated,” he told HuffPost of the jokey art project.

Schneider posted some special moments with his “boyfriend” on Twitter, and the pics quickly went viral. (There were a lot of lonely, “wow, this is me” responses, as you can imagine.)

In the meantime, he and Franz are enjoying the cozy post-engagement, pre-wedding stage of their relationship.

“We cook dinner together, we have pizza and sweatpants nights while watching Netflix,” he said. “Our love is just like anyone else’s love. What’s really annoying is when strangers come up to us in public and ask, ‘Which one’s the ‘man’ and which one’s the ‘person-shaped entity made of boxes of wine mysteriously brought to life’?’and I’m, like, ‘Those aren’t the only two genders, Linda!’”

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