25.2.13

Natasha + David | 4 Year Anniversary Shoot

so kiss me and smile for me
tell me that you'll wait for me

john denver - i'm leaving on a jet plane
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He was leaving.  When he returned he'd be leaving again.  Going and waiting and coming, for months and years of his life.   But his commitment to the United States Military, waged war with his commitment to his Natasha.  She knew he had to go, and loved to be his wherever he was.  Semper Fidelis! On a stony February day, they promised the grandest promise: to never leave you or forsake you, until God by death shall separate us.   Their simple ceremony in a local park, with their mothers as witnesses, was an act of longing, adoration, support and love.  Within hours, David was leaving.  But not forsaking, not "leaving."  His body would be away, but his heart was always with her.  She sent him off, with her love leading him home.Photobucket
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Over their four year marriage, they've care-packaged, surprise-visited, texted, messaged, wrote, missed, cried, become extra creative, dreamed, reenforced and remained.  In 2010 they were able to fit in a candy, colored, cheerful "wedding" ceremony and reception.  Their friends and family smiled, and the sun made the day oh-so bright.  Before long, he was gone again.  But they worked to keep their love and hearts young, smiling and, yes, bright!
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And here there are, with resilient affection and grateful closeness.  David is officially a civilian.  They celebrated their anniversary together.  They painted ceramics, side by side.  (Hilarious ceramics at that: a garden gnome and Harry Potter coffee mug.  Cute nerd alert!)  You can see it in their eyes.
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The last four years have been beautifully long, and worth the sacrifices.  They are still, and calm.  Resting and united.  Still full of candyland spunk, with a seal of faithfulness and maturity.
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Happy Four Years.  I'm thrilled you are in person, under the same roof, celebrating together.  Well done, both of you.  Soak this up.

15 comments:

  1. i absolutely love the genuine, deep, tried and true love being displayed. beautiful.

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  2. authentic, real, beautiful images. wonderful job.

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  3. These are so real & beautiful. Love the emotion.

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  4. Natasha25.2.13

    Kristen , I love all of them !! You really do know how to capture us and the love we have for each other !! Thank you so much !!

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  5. Everything about these pictures is gorgeous!!! <3 I love the black and white ones.

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  6. kristen, these are really wonderful. so honest and full of light and love. really real, really beautiful, really special. love them.

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  7. let me ditto everyone else. these are so... full. beautiful. :)

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  8. these are marvelous -- so full of love and emotion and beauty. I can feel it all, and it's wiggling it's way through my heart and making me fall in love with this couple. their story is even more beautiful -- and the way you tell it is fantastic. you are such a storyteller, kristen. brava.

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  9. these are so gorgeous and tender. and i love the lighting! :)

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