One of my favorite memories was sitting down with my grandma at the kitchen table with her photo albums in her lap.
I remember the sweet smile that she would have when she talked about my grandpa.
How he walked miles out of the way just to carry her books home from school. How he knew the second he saw her that she was the "one". How she traveled across the country to see him off for war. How she waited for him. How their love for each other turned into a giant family.
She was a gorgeous and spunky thing, my grandma. But she had the sweetest spirit. She knew the art of storytelling.
Not just any story.
Our story. Her story. My story.
She would flip through the flimsy black pages, run her fingers over the black and white square images, and go back in time.
I got to go on that journey with her. And because she had physical images, I felt like I was there.
She took the time to share with me what it meant to be a strong, loving wife. She showed me the kind of man my grandpa was back then. And the kind of man I should look for.
And those stories still float in my mind. On days when I don't feel like being that kind of wife. On days when my selfishness takes over. I hear her. I see her precious wrinkly and arthritic fingers touching each picture.
She and my grandpa are why I do what I do. They left a legacy. One that I hope to share with each couple we meet, with each family we encounter.
I have no idea who took those images. Who their photographer was in the living room of their pastor's house on their wedding day. I would like to think that they wanted it that way.
I know I do.
At the end of your 60+ year marriage, I hope that your grandchildren look at your wedding album and think, Grandma and Grandpa had something special. Something that lasted. They would hug each other in the kitchen just like that. Grandpa always held Grandma's hand that way.
Not, "my, that was one great photographer. "
I want to produce something that lasts that helps you tell your grandchildren stories like my grandma would tell me.
I want to encourage your marriage along the way. So that it too, stands the tests of time.
My Mamaw and Papaw as I call them, and Mama and Daddy as my mama calls them are why we do photography this way. Why we do business the way we do.
They are our why.
We exist to help build strong marriages through heirloom memories so that we can renew the joy of marriage on days when our couples need it the most.
So that their grandchildren can hold the day that their family started.
So that couples can look on their walls and see the life they have begun.
So that children can watch true love unfold and live on the walls of their homes.
We hope that one day, that frame on your mantle, the canvas on your wall, the album on your coffee table could refresh the covenant that you made with each other and be the greatest story ever told in the life of your family.
Love and Laughter,