I have a confession. I totally love cheesy romance music. Like Celine Dion and old Whitney and Boys II Men and BabyFace. Nelson took me to a Celine Dion concert when we were dating and based on my behavior there (hysterical crying and shouting “I LOVE YOU CELINE” – No lie!) I am amazed that he still put a ring on my finger! He did, however, veto my first dance song choice of “The Power of Love”. 😉
One of my all time favorite songs is Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”. Even though it’s not meant to be sung to your child, the lyrics hit home for me. Not only because Evie has the most spectacular blue prismatic sparkly eyes that I’ve ever seen, but because when I look in her eyes, my life really is complete. I can see all the good things in the world: endless optimism, the ability to be friends with anyone, the grand journey that awaits you each day.
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
Until next time,
I hope everyone knows a couple like Meaghan and Adam. A couple whose love is so true and so pure and so proud, that it makes you feel like running home and telling your spouse how much they mean to you. Gives you an excuse (if you need one!) for an extra long kiss! They refer to each other as lover and because it’s so genuine, it doesn’t make you roll your eyes. And anyone who really truly knows me will tell you that I’d be the first to roll my eyes.
And to think there’s was a love that almost didn’t happen. After meeting on eHarmony, Meaghan and Adam bonded immediately but were thrown by the distance between them caused by a terrible commute. Perhaps they weren’t at the “right place” in their life to be seriously dating someone. Well, thank goodness they came to their senses!!!
A wedding was planned at whirlwind speed due to an illness affecting Meaghan’s dear friend and mentor. Photography was the last thing they were worried about. Her sister took pictures of their union. Pictures that are treasured, but still…..
Fast forward almost 6 years and two kids later. Meaghan, who still fits in her wedding gown (how many people can say that?!!!) told me she’d love to get all dolled up with Adam for some “rock the dress” style shots. She chose a location near their home where she used to play as a child. And she did indeed rock that dress, along with her original bouquet. They brought along another special trinket, the box that held their rings. A sucker for the detail shots, I just had to capture that box, along with typical wedding style ring and bouquet shots. These may just be my favorite photos to date. They are so natural in front of the camera. He looked at her like there was no one else in the world. She kissed him like I wasn’t there clicking along with the moment. Sheer bliss.
So to all of you lovers out there, celebrate your marriage! If you can’t rock the dress, chose something else. Find a way to capture your love in a way that will be meaningful forever. Because the wedding day is fleeting but the marriage is forever.
We are getting ready to….cut…Evie’s….hair. Her amazing mane of long thick wavy hair. It’s simply too much for an active 3 year old and it’s constantly getting stuck in the buttons on my coat, carseat straps, ketchup. The list goes on and on. So after Evie is in my dear friend’s wedding, it’s getting cut. I am hell bent determined to do all sorts of fun braids and up do’s before it’s too short. So tonight, I bring you Pollyanna double braids.
I found this random field of little yellow flowers and “wish flowers” as Evie calls them near our house. It’s a huge lot in an otherwise industrial area. You never know where you will find your next location that inspires you.
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”
On a special side note, the necklace Evie is wearing was the gift my hubby gave me for my first Mother’s day. Looks beautiful on her if I do say so myself!
Until next week,