As wedding photographers, we spend an awful lot of time with couples who have just fallen in love. They’re excited about their wedding day. Their friends + family are excited for them and with them. There’s the dress, the flowers, the suit, the cake, that diamond! … it’s all so thrilling and so important, and then, the wedding happens. The thank you notes get sent. And sometimes, that’s that. The buzz + energy of getting married fades into normal day-to-day being married, and sometimes, we forget to keep celebrating. We forget that the wedding day is really just meant to be the beginning of the marriage, and that the sense of love we share for each other doesn’t have to fade when things get complicated and painful. We get busy and forget to appreciate the other person. Flaws become more apparent the longer you’re together, and it can be difficult to ignore them. Honestly, the list of potential-reasons is never-ending, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’re the first to put our hands up and say that marriage is a ton of work, by the way, but we also want to be the first to remind married couples of the gift that they have in each other… So, all that to say, when Jenny + Rory asked us to do a shoot of them in celebration of their 5th wedding anniversary, we knew it was time to up the ante. Sure, the traditional gift for 5 years is wood (whatever that means), but wood just wouldn’t do. We know what it’s like to have been married for 5 years, and with the milestone comes the assumption that they have experienced a lot of great things (ups) + and a lot of ridiculously difficult things (downs) during their time together. (Not to mention the fact that Jenny is from America, and Rory is an Aussie, so they’ve also dealt with the distance factor that we know so well.) It’s tough, really. And it’s also so beautiful. Jenny + Rory are incredible people who love each other dearly, and we are so honored that they asked us into their lives to tell their story. They’re overcomers, they’re doers (you’d never guess, but Jenny is about to finish her PhD in Chemistry…!) and they’re givers. They are the kind of friends you want to have + keep close.
Happy Anniversary, Jenny + Rory! We celebrate with you, thank you for being an inspiration to us!
(We’ll do a ‘Part 2’ post with just the photo portion of our day with them, because many of the photos didn’t fit in this video.. xx)