"with this ring, I thee wed". Last week my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. 13 years ago we stood in the Mon Bel Ami wedding chapel in Las Vegas and said our vows to each other. Well, I giggled my way through them because that's kind of what I do when I get really nervous or excited. Although at that point we had been together for 12 years and were fully committed to one another, I will say that being able to call the man I love with all of my heart my husband took it to another whole level. We've had some ups and certainly some downs over these years, but I wouldn't trade them or him for anything. These are my rings. I was practicing ring shots when I decided that I would share my own little love story with you. At one point a couple of years ago I had lost my wedding ring. Did my marriage mean less because it was gone? Of course not, because it's just a thing. Was I a little sad? Yeah, a little bit. After two years I figured it was long gone, then one day it turned up. I'm not gonna say where, because honestly, it's a little bit embarrassing. I am happy that I found it though. My rings aren't shiny and new like the ones you see in most wedding pictures. They are weathered and worn, they show their age. To me though, this is what makes them even more beautiful than the day they were first slipped on my finger. Their scuffs, marks, and broken prongs show all the years and what they have been through. Each year bring new scuffs and marks, but that makes them even more beautiful, because every year they are worn is another year with my beloved. Another year of triumphs and tribulations. Another year of us.
Love stories are probably one of my favorite things ever to document with my camera. Whether your love story is just beginning or years old I would love the opportunity to tell yours. If you're newly engaged or celebrating your years together, contact me and we'll tell your story together.