Today’s post is something I have been dying to share. It is something Caleb + I are SO PASSIONATE about + one of the many reasons we feel called to be doing what we’re doing.
How many of you have seen this quote before?
Really, though. We get to photograph some of the most beautiful moments (emotionally + aesthetically) that one can possibly imagine as wedding photographers. Chandeliers + sparkly things. The look when he first sees his beautiful bride. Mom’s tears + glorious bouquets. We love it all!! And as much as we love chatting wedding day details, ideas, + timelines with our clients, even MORE is the love we have for talking about WHY. Why they chose each other. Why he proposed + why she said yes. Why they are choosing marriage … choosing forever.
Marriage is such a beautiful gift–it is so wonderful + so challenging + hard, all at the same time. It refines us. We love celebrating MARRIAGE with our couples. The best is yet to be, they say : ) Our hope + prayer is that this would be true for our couples–the BEST days are to come. As they experience trials, joys, life-changing events + sweet, simple moments, their love would change + grow + deepen.
We want our business to reflect this passion of ours, + so we are constantly seeking new ways in which we can further include a focus on marriage, as well as ways to encourage + celebrate our couples, within Maison Meredith Photography. And today, we are announcing one of them!!
Sessions that document your love as it has changed + grown + deepened over the past year, five years, 10 years, 20 years. Snapshots in time to capture moments of you two as you are. In your current season of life + marriage. And a time to escape from the busyness of work, kids, life … to just BE with each other (along with us encouraging a lot of loving, nuzzling, + kissing!! hehe) <3
We couldn’t think of a better way to announce or begin our launch of Anniversary Sessions than with the FIRST bride + groom we EVER photographed. Can you believe it!? Scott + Niccole are dear, dear friends of ours + today we are celebrating their ever-changing, ever-growing, ever-deepening love story.
Thank you for letting us share our heart with you today–we are SO excited for all that is (hopefully) to come with this addition to our business!! Cheers to marriage–the hard + the fantastic : )
Now without further adieu, re-introdcing, Scott + Niccole Khail!!
1. Where do you live + what is one of your favorite things about your city?
We live in St Paul, MN. One of our favorite things about where we live is our neighborhood + the street we live on. There are a lot of shops, cafes, restaurants, + old homes–old mansions! It’s the perfect place to take walks, which is something that we love to do together.
2. How did you two meet + how long have you been married?
Scott went to the U of Minnesota, + I went to UW-Madison. We were each a part of Cru, a college ministry on our campuses. The summer between our sophomore + junior year of school, we both decided to go on the same Cru summer mission trip to Ocean City, NJ. There were over 100 students from all over the country on our trip! But Scott + I met the very first night on May 25th (Maison was actually there when we met)! We got to know each other throughout the summer + started dating at the end of October that fall. We got engaged the following fall, + then got married exactly two years after we met, May 25, 2012! We have been married for two + a half years now.
3. Scott, what is one of your favorite things about Niccole? Niccole, what is one of your favorite things about Scott?
Scott: My favorite thing about Niccole is that she is a great + faithful friend. She really understands me + cares for me better than anyone else. And I just have a lot of fun spending time with her!
Niccole: It’s so difficult to pick just one thing! I value that Scott is humble + steady + consistent, + he challenges me to be those things. But above all, he is incredibly faithful–to me, yes. But even more, he is faithful to the Lord despite his circumstances.
4. What has been a challenge of marriage that you weren’t necessarily expecting? How do you battle that challenge?
When we got married, we made a covenant to one another to love each other for the rest of our lives. But we didn’t realize was that it would be our covenant which sustains the love, not our love which sustains the covenant. We battle this particular challenge by acting not based on emotions, but based on convictions–I must choose to love Niccole not because of how I feel towards her that particular day, but because I know that to love is to prioritize another + to set their preferences above my own.
5. What is one of your favorite things about marriage? What do you love about it?!
Scott: I love getting Niccole’s leftover food–especially at weddings!
Niccole: I love never having to take out the trash!! But on a more serious note, I love that Scott is my best friend + I get to share everything with him : ) it’s the best!