Introducing: “I Still Do” sessions for married couples!
(Who says you only get to wear your wedding dress once?)
I am incredibly excited to share these images and tell you about a new kind of session I’m offering.
“I Still Do” sessions are for married couples who want to relive the beauty of their wedding day by pulling out their wedding attire and having some stunning new portraits made together.
They’re for couples who want to spend a few hours together, without the distractions of kids or bills or laundry or work, to focus on reconnecting and celebrating their love for one another.
They’re for couples who have been married for one year, or five years, or twenty years. For couples who felt rushed on their wedding day and didn’t get the kind of portraits they were hoping for because there simply wasn’t time. For couples who want to have portraits that showcase their love for each other, which will be treasured by their children and grandchildren for years to come.
Bridget and Cal came to me for one of these sessions, and after 5 years of marriage you can see how incredibly in love they are.
This is their love story.
We are Bridget and Cal, 28 and 31 years old. We are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this August.
Cal lived in New Jersey, and I lived in Maryland. We drove to see each other every weekend.
Our hearts broke every Sunday, knowing that we wouldn’t see each other until the following Friday.
We met in February of 2007, Cal moved to Maryland in August of 2007, we were engaged September 2007, and we married in August 2008.
On the day Cal proposed, he took me to Sherwood Gardens. When we pulled up, there was a picnic set up for us with a hope chest that my parents had purchased for me. Cal told me that “Hope” was our theme. I fulfilled everything he had hoped to find in a woman since he was a child, that his hope for our present was that I would “say yes!”, and that our hope for the future was forever together serving the Lord. He got down on one knee, asked me if I’d marry him, and my most romantic response was “HECK YES!!”
Our wedding was absolutely beautiful. We did not follow the traditional “Ladies on the Left”, “Men on the Right” … instead we had Cal’s two sisters stand for him, and my brother and brother-in-law stand for me. Also, instead of my father walking me down the aisle, he sang me down the aisle. It was a really special moment.
We are the perfect complement to each other. Cal is very stable and consistent and is good at keeping my feet on the ground, and I’m artistic and whacky so I brighten up Cal’s life and make it a little more colorful.
We love to travel and see new places, but we’re also happy with getting snowballs and driving through beautiful neighborhoods thinking about what our future might hold.
We love celebrating each anniversary; we celebrate every year as if we hit the 50 year mark, so it seemed fitting to document our first “milestone” year in a big way by having some new portraits created for us.
We absolutely loved our photographer from our wedding, but he is from South Carolina, and I worried that it would be tough to find someone who could capture us with the same level of expertise. I had been following Rachael for a few years on Facebook, and her style seemed like the perfect fit for us. PLUS, what girl does not want to wear her wedding dress again?? I’ll find any excuse!!
We both enjoyed our session because it wasn’t cheesy, uncomfortable, or contrived. Rachael’s direction and attention to detail put us at ease, and we feel like she captured what our relationship really looks like.
When we got our pictures back, we were floored… Not just by the beauty of her artwork, but by how her pictures made us see what our life and love looks like from an outsider’s perspective. What an absolute gift these photos are to us.
We are so thankful that we pursued our idea of celebrating our 5 year anniversary with photographs, and that we will have these images to treasure for years to come.
If you’d like to document your love for your spouse with some beautiful new images, click “Contact Me” above for detailed information. The next two couples to book an “I Still Do” session will receive a special gift.
Bridget and Cal, congratulations on 5 happy years of marriage and may there be many, many more!