Love Set Ablaze

6.22.14


David + Crissy,

Crissy, I remember when they opened the doors into the sanctuary.  “Marry Me” was being sung quietly.  You were poised, elegant…ready.  I watched you walk down the aisle, a vision in white.  Blonde curls, blue eyes, and grey nails.  You were in your own league that day.  I saw you looking at David, your groom, as he stared right back at you.  So there I stood, watching you in all your radiant beauty.  It was the perfect moment.

David, I saw you in a new way, as you waited eagerly at the altar.  You had this anxious smile, just consumed by anticipation of seeing your bride.  I looked over at you as she entered the church.  What I saw was a man…fully and contentedly surrendering himself to this woman making her way to you.  In that moment I knew.  This is what every wedding should be…this is that one, fleeting moment that you’ll never get back.   It’s those last few steps, before you say your vows.  Man and woman seeing each other for the last time, separately.  When you walk out together, it’s as husband and wife.

I’ve known you since before you had your first date.  Watching you discover each other was something special.  What began as a relaxed friendship, grew into love.  Thank you for letting me be the one to record such a neat moment between you two, as husband and wife.  It’s hard to believe how quickly the years went by.  But here we are now—David worked so hard, and graduated and is now a firefighter.  And Crissy, you said your vows, and promised your unconditional love and support.  You guys are on your way, and ready to take on the world and all it throws your way.  So to kick things off with a bang, we celebrated in a fun (and messy!) way.  Thank you for trusting me…to reflect you independently, and as newlyweds.  Also, for climbing a tree and taking a dip in the river in your wedding dress.  And for putting on your heavy bunker gear and splashing and laughing your way through a water fight.  You allowed me to see you differently that day.  Crissy, you were looking at the face of your husband, your best friend, who just accomplished his goal of becoming a firefighter.  David, I saw you gazing at the woman who holds your heart–the woman who supports you, believes in you, and loves you.  The invisible line connecting you two can be felt in these images.

Truly,

Rachel-Fit


“When you walk out together, it’s as husband and wife.”