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💌 happy #valentinesday! we have a gift for you. 💌 meet shane burcaw (@shaneburcaw ) and hannah aylward (@hannahayl ) who — like any great modern love story — met with a little help from technology. 🙃 hannah made the first move; she reached out to shane after watching a documentary about his life. today, the pair lives together in minnesota where 26-year-old shane is an author and hannah, 23, is a college senior, studying sociology.
“at first, i think people are a little unsure of what to think of our relationship since i am in a wheelchair, and i rely on hannah for a lot of my day-to-day care,” says shane, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. “i think people assume that shane needs more caregiving than he does,” adds hannah. “anything that i do to help him is just us hanging out together. and we don’t see it as girlfriend time versus caregiving time. it’s all just us being together.”
the couple is on a mission to normalize inter-abled relationships. “it shows people that having a disability isn’t a sad, depressing existence,” says hannah. “and people who are able-bodied can be in amazing relationships with people who have disabilities.”
today on our story and our igtv channel, we’re celebrating hannah and shane’s love. (p.s. grab your tissues. this one’s a tear-jerker.) ❤️
We’re celebrating shane burcaw (@shaneburcaw ) and hannah aylward's (@hannahayl ) love for #valentinesday! each wrote a 💌 to the other.
Love turns a house into a home. photographer christopher funk (@cfunk44 ) created this photo of a miniature house being lifted by red map pins, shaped like a heart. “i’m a huge believer of spreading positive energy into the world,” christopher says. “and love does just that.” #whp❤️
photo by @cfunk44
Zain and trek are stealing hearts left and right. the two rescue border collies from allentown, pennsylvania, couldn’t help but be a little bit mischievous this valentine’s day. “dogs truly steal the hearts of many people,” says their human kelly bove (@kelly_bove ). luckily, there’s enough love to go around. #whp❤️
video by @kelly_bove
The apple does not fall far from the tree. munich-based maryna amparian (@marina_lou_ ) and her daughter created a tree of love to symbolize their family bond. together, this mother and daughter team create playful images that fuse maryna’s creativity with her daughter’s locks. #whp❤️
photo by @marina_lou_
“#selflove means treating yourself with compassion and respect, like you would treat someone you love,” says claudia romano (@claudiadoodles ), who works at an education nonprofit by day… and doodles by night. “i became interested in self-care after graduating from college and feeling burnt out in my first full-time job in a new city,” says the 23-year-old who lives in nyc. “drawing and painting are a big part of how i practice self-care.”
head to today’s story to check out the story templates claudia created to help us prep for #valentinesday. “i hope people will take a minute to think about how self-love and self-care show up in their lives!” she says.
art by @claudiadoodles
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Matt smith (@mattsmith.au ) and his girlfriend emily found love in a rocky place. the couple visited arizona to take in the state’s natural beauty with their own eyes, but some things were impossible to see. “you can’t really see this love heart with the n***d eye, but when you look through the camera lens it comes to life,” says matt of his heart-shaped discovery. #whp❤️
photo by @mattsmith.au
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Canadian photographer brayden hall (@braybraywoowoo ) titled this image, “beauty and the beast.” “obviously, milk face is the beauty,” brayden says, describing the majestic reindeer he visited at a finnish sledding ranch.
whether it’s valentine’s day or not, milk face is not shy about showing affection. #whp❤️
photo by @braybraywoowoo
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Open your heart, rain or shine. using a drone, filmmaker nacho rodríguez (@naseke ) took a video himself opening up a heart-shaped umbrella, and then used editing software to create this scene: a choreographed display of love worth celebrating. “i like the fusion of red with the blue of the sea, the shape of a heart that is born and beats full of life,” nacho says.
follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #whp❤️.
video by @naseke
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For tess and sarah behannon (@tess_and_sarah ), #valentinesday is always a sister, sister event. 👭 “we always spend it together,” sarah says. “we will just go out to lunch and maybe go shopping.”
the twins from dallas, texas, share a lot of things, including a love for travel and photography. “we both love to take pictures of literally everything,” sarah says. “i love to edit them after i take them,” adds tess. “it’s always my favorite part.”
as far as the best part about being twins? “always having someone you can trust,” tess says.
💕 it’s time to spend a lovely day with tess and sarah, right now on our story. 💕
photo by @tess_and_sarah
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As a painter, annabell penelope lee (@annabell.p.lee ) didn’t want her art to be hung up and forgotten. “i wanted my friends to wear my paintings,” says the 25-year-old artist from los angeles, “for them to be active and used.” so, annabell started making clothes, a natural shift since she started sewing at 13.
colorful, checkered and eye-catching, these hand-painted garments sure make a statement, but they are designed to be extremely wearable. “i want to make clothing that is visually striking, but comfortable to wear,” she says. “usually, after i make a pattern, i wear the sample around to make sure it is comfortable.”
see more of her looks, today on our story.
photo by @annabell.p.lee
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Weekend hashtag project: #whp❤️
valentine’s day is just around the corner, so this weekend the challenge is to share photos and videos with lots of heart. take inspiration from this featured photo by eric (@zericiphone ) and incorporate love in any of its many forms, emoji or otherwise. 🥰 here’s how to get started:
❣️get close and candid. capture a tender moment between partners, friends, family, pets or everyone together. some wonderful examples include a kiss in the park, a puppy and a newborn taking a nap or a father-daughter dance.
❣️find a sweet gesture. big love can show up in small ways. find those precious gestures of love in everyday life, like a thoughtful note, a sibling making breakfast for the family or neighbors teaming up to rescue a cat from a tree.
❣️look for love signs. heart-shaped clouds. grandma making a hand heart. abstract love depicted in artwork. keep an eye out for love symbols and signs in unexpected places.
project rules: please add the #whp❤️ hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. by adding the #whp❤️ hashtag, you consent to and grant instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. if you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #whp❤️ hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.
featured photo by @zericiphone