First the goats, then the marriage

Without two goats named Thelma and Louise, Lauren Trout and Chris Angeloro might not have had a love affair.

It started in June 2016, when the women were living in Austin. Both moved to Texas as children; Mrs. Angeloro from Massachusetts, Mrs. Trout from Louisiana. While they had mutual friends and saw each other, the two had only spoken in groups until they kissed at a vigil for the 49 shooting victims at Pulse, a box nightclub in Orlando, Florida this month.

“I was a mess,” Ms. Trout said. “I needed to be in my community to be comfortable. “

In the days following the vigil, Ms Trout left Austin to visit a friend in Caldwell, Texas, and posted an update on Facebook. “It’s great when you lose all faith in mankind and the world and then you go to the countryside to visit your best friend, her baby goat and her chickens and then everything looks OK for a minute,” reads -we.

Ms. Angeloro, who saw the status update, had a crush on Ms. Trout. She also had baby goats: Thelma and Louise.

“If you have a hard time and goats make you happy, I have the remedy,” Ms. Angeloro recalled thinking. Via Facebook, she invited Ms. Trout to visit her and the goats.

Ms Trout, who had since returned to Austin, was out with a friend when she saw the message. While not the spontaneous type at all, Ms Trout, 42, spontaneously invited Ms Angeloro, 43, to join them. She did it.

A few days later, Ms Trout accepted Ms Angeloro on her invitation to come. Shortly after, in October 2016, she moved in. “We both knew, as if we had waited our entire lives to find the bond we have,” Ms Angeloro said of their decision to live together months after they met.

“We made ‘goat’ – having cocktails, chilling out during the day and hanging out with the goats – part of our nighttime ritual,” she added.

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In April 2019, the couple moved to San Francisco, where each had previously lived. Ms. Angeloro, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, works as a freelance hairstylist. Ms. Trout is a construction worker who specializes in metal fabrication.

When they left Austin, they must have left Thelma and Louise behind. “The biggest thing on the checklist was making sure the girls had the best home,” said Ms. Angeloro, who, with the help of an animal rescue in Cedar Creek, Texas, their found one with director Richard Linklater and his partner, Tina Harrison. (Louise has since given birth to a boy, JD; Ms Angeloro and Ms Trout retain visitation rights.)

Although the two women said they never considered marriage in their future, Ms Angeloro in 2020 surprised Ms Trout with a proposal on December 24, her birthday, while they were both in Sayulita, in Mexico. Ms Trout then surprised Ms Angeloro with her own proposal on May 29, 2021, as the two were in Hawaii traveling to celebrate Ms Angeloro’s birthday on May 20.

The couple were married on October 10 aboard the Shanutski, a rental yacht, while cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge. Tanya Wischerath, a friend who has been ordained by the Church of Universal Life, officiated.

The couple’s toy poodle, Tokki, was in attendance, along with four friends and the captain of the Shanutski, who was sporting a rainbow flag. All participants were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and, after the ceremony, the couple and their guests celebrated on board with sushi, cold cuts and champagne.

On their way to board the yacht in Sausalito, Calif., The couple saw goats in the back of a truck, which they said bode well.

“She’s just my favorite person,” Ms. Trout said. “I never thought I would be interested in getting married, but I was delighted to marry Chris.”

“The best version of my life is when Lauren is in it,” Ms. Angeloro said.

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