AUSTIN + KENZIE

Just two days prior to her birthday, an early surprise awaited. One that would change her life forever. From that moment forward – it would all change. He pulled her aside and pointed to his grandmother and grandfather’s trees outside their previous home – the home they resided in and raised three children. The home his grandparents lived in and loved with their heart and soul. The same home that would soon become theirs with the same trees that would continue to grow outside their future forever home. And then, with a smile on his face and hope in his heart, he showed her their own tree – planted between the others. Small. But oh, so mighty. With the promise of forever attached to it. A tree they will continue to cherish throughout the rest of their lives together. 

After explaining the proper ways to care for and tend to those trees and the rest of the garden, he grabbed her hand and walked her over to the rose bush. Pointing out all of its unique details. The details that make it so spectacular. He found the most sincere, honorable, and precious detail of all. The part that would signify a lifetime of love, honor, and devotion. There it was. Shining. Glimmering in the moment. Symbolizing their own story. Their own future. The home they will build together with the foundation of their love. A ring. 

Austin and Kenzie: 

My wish for you is simple. To always remember, always come back to, that day. That promise of love and commitment. The excitement that filled the air the  moment you realized you had found the one who fills your soul with so much love. Come back to that. Whenever trying times arise, remember the moment you gasped for air when she finally said YES! Come back to the moment when you visualized your future and the life you will lead – together. Come back to that. Know that your love for each other is greater than any obstacle that may try to stand in your way. Know that you have the other to lean on. You have found the one who loves your entire being so much, so greater, so fuller than you could ever imagine. Rejoice in that. Celebrate that.  

Austin and Kenzie: 

My wish for you is simple. To always remember, always come back to, that day. That promise of love and commitment. The excitement that filled the air the  moment you realized you had found the one who fills your soul with so much love. Come back to that. Whenever trying times arise, remember the moment you gasped for air when she finally said YES! Come back to the moment when you visualized your future and the life you will lead – together. Come back to that. Know that your love for each other is greater than any obstacle that may try to stand in your way. Know that you have the other to lean on. You have found the one who loves your entire being so much, so greater, so fuller than you could ever imagine. Rejoice in that. Celebrate that.  

Austin and Kenzie – thank you.  Thank you for reigniting my passion for photographing and being a living example of the why behind what I do. The time spent with you was nothing short of wonderful! It was uplifting and special. The way you held her hand as she twirled down in the valley. The look you gave him when he stared into your eyes.  The soft, quaint giggle as you placed your foreheads together and envisioned a lifetime with each other. THIS is why. The love. The grace. The excitement. The promise of forever. The promise of commitment. The promise of unconditional love. My heart is forever humbled by your trust in me to capture the biggest moment of your life. The moment you become husband and wife. Know that I am honored you chose me and that I am preparing for this day that I can serve the both of you. Know that I am gracious for the family and friends who uplift you and support you and guide you throughout this ever-changing and sacred time in your life. Looking forward to May 26, 2018. 

Until then – with much love and anticipation, 

-R