Oct 23, 2014
"Love is a wonderful gift. It's a present so precious words can barely begin to describe it. Love is a feeling, the deepest and sweetest of all. It's incredibly strong and amazingly gentle at the very same time. It is a blessing that should be counted every day. It is nourishment for the soul. It is devotion, constantly letting each person know how supportive it's certainty can be. Love is a heart filled with affection for the most important person in your life. Love is looking at the special someone who makes your world go around and absolutely loving what you see. Love gives meaning to one's world and magic to a million hopes and dreams. It makes the morning shine more brightly and each season seem like it's the nicest one anyone ever had. Love is an invaluable bond that enriches every good thing in life. It gives each hug a tenderness, each heart a happiness, each spirit a steady lift. Love is an invisible connection that is exquisitely felt by those who know the joy, feel the warmth, share the sweetness, and celebrate the gift."
Nell and Chris stood on the shoreline and read these sweet words by Douglas Pagels to one another. They were the words read at the beginning of their wedding ceremony 2 years ago. But there on the shore, it was just the two of them with only a few seagulls as witnesses. With the sand between their toes they renewed their vows to one another. They said the promises and words of love they spoke to one another on their wedding day. But this time there were no guests, no bouquets or bridesmaids, no white dress or music. There were their words and a love that was stronger then on their wedding day. There on the shore, they celebrated what the wedding was really all about - the beginning of their marriage. With tears in their eyes, they read the new vows they had written to one another, a poem, and some verses. There was a new hope, a stronger love, and a deeper bond as they held hands and spoke from the heart. It was a beautiful acknowledgement and pledge to the greatest journey they have been on and will be on for their rest of their lives.
What an honor it was for Chris and I to photograph Nell & Chris' vow renewal and anniversary session... As the wedding season draws to a close, it was a beautiful reminder of the day after the wedding. And the days after that. It's the marriage and the truly amazing journey with its valleys and peaks that two hearts will go on.