Jenny and Nick. So right together.
When I updated this site recently I read and reread my "about" section...added new sentences and then removed them and then added them again painted with different words. I wanted my heart to be known. For people to understand why I want to document their wedding. One of my favorite characteristics in a human is willingness to be vulnerable. Everyone has so much goodness deep down inside of them and I love getting to witness two people loving each other's deep-down-goodness. Knowing them in a way that no one else does and loving them for-and-in-spite of all of it. Documenting that kind of human connection inspires me. Each time it feels like I'm witnessing something sacred. And it's always a true honor to be invited into it.
Jenny and Nick had so much of that happening on their wedding day that it felt like their weren't enough minutes or equipment to capture it. I didn't even have the opportunity to meet Jenny and Nick prior to their wedding day, but Jenny had given so much of herself to every email we exchanged that I already knew she had this beautiful sense of self. Not the cocky kind that makes you want to punch someone in the stomach. The kind where someone knows who they are and embraces it, and because of that people are drawn to them. I hadn't communicated with Nick at all, but I knew that only someone wonderful could be marrying Jenny. Nick is humble and kind and full of life. And the two of them together are magic.
So thankful that I get to witness this kind of vulnerability. I've mentioned how much I love Madeline L'Engle's words on marriage before on this blog, but they are so present in my mind lately..."To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation."
A few images of a beautiful day at Magnolia Plantation with Jenny and Nick...