Sometimes you have to travel to the other side of the world to find the treasure that was hidden near your own backyard. Some may wonder if there is even a treasure worth crossing thousands of miles to find. I say, when that treasure is to love and be loved, cherish and be cherished, honor and be honored for the rest of your life...it's worth it.
Marilee and Cris grew up in towns a mere hour apart here in the states. But they didn't find each other until the Army sent them both to Vicenza, Italy. They've spent the past two years living a dream, exploring Europe and growing in their love.
I was honored to be there as the new chapter in their story began. The romance of their beginning was very much alive and present to welcome them into their promise of marriage. What could be more romantic than committing your life to someone? Making the statement that this is the person I will make the rest of my memories with is the greatest romance of all.
Their wedding was held in a beautiful area in Williamsburg, VA. Williamsburg is known for its exciting history - much like Marilee and Cris. They chose to have their ceremony at St. Bede Catholic Church and the reception at Williamsburg Winery. The settings fit them perfectly. The theme was an elegant celebration of Italian Winery. A beautiful representation of where they fell in love.
There was a moment during the ceremony that was one of the most real and raw presentations of love I have ever witnessed. The Priest officiating told the story of how he was given the chance to see the unfailing love of his grandparents. With his grandfather's health declining rapidly and his grandmother struggling to cope, the Priest didn't think he could bear to even be in the same room. But his grandmother called him in and told him to take a good look at love. "Sometimes love is messy. Like this." Her words were opening his eyes to a reality of the strength of the true bonds of love. Then he called our attention to the greatest display of love that has ever been or ever will be - the cross of Christ and dying to ourselves. That is true love.
There is always something at every wedding I photograph that paints the picture of how truly blessed we are to love and be loved. I never grow weary of it. Every wedding is an exciting opportunity to witness the greatest gift of all.
Marilee and Cris, may you be ever-blessed in your commitment to one another. May the days ahead be even more glorious than those already past.
Dear Meredith and Bill, your day was absolutely perfect. To stand so close to you, throughout the happiest day of your life, was a true honor. Just like with your candles ceremony, your love affects people, and makes them want to love others more. Thank you for sharing your love with me and Brooke. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Monday!
Dear Meredith and Bill, your day was absolutely perfect. To stand so close to you, throughout the happiest day of your life, was a true honor. Just like with your candles ceremony, your love affects people, and makes them want to love others more. Thank you for sharing your love with me. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Monday!