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You Are My Sunshine

Each time I watch one of my couples get married it happens, usually during the ceremony. In between capturing the moments, I watch my couple as they say their vows and exchange rings, gently gliding the infinity bands on to one another's fingers, radiating with sheer happiness. It is usually then that it happens... I find myself thinking about the couple 60 years from that day. When they look back through their wedding photos on their 60th wedding anniversary, and say how they are even more in love now then they were on their wedding day. They probably will have lived a lot of life over the decades, potentially with children, moving, heartbreak, victories, trials, and triumphs. But my hope is that they will just continue to fall move in love with one another.  
 
The other day I was my parents house for a BBQ and while chatting with Chris and my stepdad outside, I heard my mom and her parents, Nana & Pop, singing inside the house. The windows were open and I couldn't help but smile as I heard that familiar song. They were singing, You Are My Sunshine... You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never know dear how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away.... As they began to start the song again, I closed my eyes and listened intently, hoping to thoroughly soak in the moment so I wouldn't forget it. I didn't want the singing to ever end. My Pop, who has hard time remembering most things these days, began to sing the harmony. He somehow never forgets the notes or words to songs, which is beautifully amazing. Hearing my Nana and Pop sing together, is one of my favorite things. And especially this song... I sing this song to Greyson each night before he goes to sleep and he sings you are my sunshine along with me now, which nearly makes my heart explode! 
 
You can only imagine how surprised I was when I heard You Are My Sunshine coming from the television the other day, from what sounded like what could have been my grandparents. It wasn't them, but another couple who have been married for 66 years. They have been singing through life together for decades and their song melted my heart. This is how I hope Chris and I are, as well as my couples 60 years from now. I am grateful I get to photograph couples on the day their song begins. I hope that they only sing louder and stronger together through the years, inspiring others along the way.
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