When we first started photographing anniversary sessions, our main purpose was to provide families with these photos of their parents & grandparents. Photos that would document the honest love, joy, and health of these couples, and that would help them leave their legacy in a way they were proud of. What we quickly realized, however, was that these sessions were impacting FAR more people than just the families they belonged to. We saw that it wasn’t just us who were reaping the reward of experiencing these couples and their stories — and it wasn’t just us who believed that marriages like this were worth believing in and worth fighting for.
Sharing these stories — that might otherwise have been forgotten — has inspired people from all around the country. We believe it’s awoken a desire that we all have deep down: to be fully known & fully loved forever.
We both have a grandfather on one side of the family that we never really knew. They died when we were young and our memories with those men are extremely faded. What we did have, however, were grandmothers who — even though their husbands had passed long ago — never stopped talking about them. And it has been through our grandmothers that we have gotten to know our late grandfathers. The way they have spoken about their husbands — with such pride & joy & fondness — has shown us that their marriages were the most important thing in their lives. And through those women, the legacy of those marriages has lived on in our own lives.
We are so grateful for our grandmothers & for the ways in which their stories have allowed us glimpses into the relationships they had with our incredible grandfathers. As we imagine it, the only thing better than seeing our grandmother's faces light up when they talk about their husbands, would be if we could also see our grandfather's faces when they would look at their wives. We wish, so badly, that we had photographs of our grandparents together in those years before they passed because we are so inspired by their love stories. And we want to see how they interacted … how they held hands … how they looked at one another.
Caleb, I know, without a doubt, that I was specifically created to love you. Created to never leave you and to never forsake you. Created to remain faithfully committed to you, through both the good times and the bad times. Today before God, our family, and our friends, I willingly and so excitedly choose you, Caleb Steven Engel. I choose you to be my forever teammate, best friend, and husband.
I have looked up to my grandparents my entire life. Their selfless love for one another and everyone in their life is admirable. They are always putting others first and deserved to have time for each other to capture that love and commitment to one another. They have told so many incredible stories over their lifetime, but the most captivating is their love story. For my family and I, we will now be able to cherish these timeless photos forever. The photos will serve as a constant reminder to strive for a beautiful marriage filled with love, commitment, and laughter. The photos will be passed down to next generations in our family for years to come. There’s no doubt that people will be able to feel and be inspired by their love without ever having met them, and that is such a beautiful gift.
It’s impossible to choose just one attribute but I think this summarizes it best – Ben never had the chance to meet my Dad before he passed away but there isn’t a shred of doubt in my mind that my father would have loved every single thing about Ben, just as much as I do. I could write pages upon pages about how much I admire this man but the fact that the other most important man in my life would have adored him too? That is more powerful than anything I could ever write.
I was 6 years old when I stood up in my mom and soon-to-be-step dad's wedding. Poised next to my future stepbrother, we solemnly "gave away" our parents to one another. Their love is and always has been a natural one — something that I always took for granted. But as I got older and became more attuned to the complex emotions of others, I also began to see the work they put in. The intentional conversations, the comforting affection, and the silly moments, too. They are always ready to laugh. Ready to ballroom dance in the kitchen. Ready to take a road trip or an adventure — they're even ready to sky dive. I can't speak for them and what they feel, but from the outside, their relationship is one to marvel at. As their daughter, I am impressed with the love they share daily and how they, quietly and sweetly, share that love with the world.
To applaud your commitment, couples receive 1% off their session for every year of marriage.
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