Saying I do and I Will in Eureka Springs!

His parents were married on this same date seventy-three years ago so I would assume this day spoke to them of a love that stood the test of time.  Their’s was a partnership that weathered all of life’s storms thereby withstanding the strife and turmoil that the years bring with them to walk hand and in hand through many years filled with happiness..  Our groom worked for one company for twenty-two years and our bride accepted a position there where they became friends, then gradually best friends and now husband and wife. Like the lovely example of a beautiful, enduring marriage had shown them and First Corinthians states, “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails.  The words of their ceremony made clear their state of mind, “You are my one true partner in life. You are my one true love.”  Who could ever say it better?

Our Groom , wearing a trendy tuxedo, walked his Bride down the path to our lovely Eureka Springs gazebo after her cousin helped attire her in a beautiful satin and lace dress.  She carried a bouquet with shades of purple and greeted their guests with a lovely smile that told everyone watching how happy she was to be on his arm, how ready she was to share his life. Their guests were both family and friends pleased to share in their wedding and their joy. I read of poem that says marriage is ” forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.”  which was surely true at this small ceremony.  The words they chose for their wedding reiterated that thought, ” I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us.”  Having worked together for five and half years they know there will be surprises along the way which, like the broken dishes of life, they will sweep those problems away and move on with patience and love  to  the next wonderful meal life will serve them. I wish them many delicious dinners and perfect memories along the way.

Our couple met twenty years ago through a friend but it wasn’t their time.  Sometimes we aren’t ready,  the time is not right, or perhaps it is a bit of both.  As luck would have it, or maybe fate played a hand in it, they met again and they were ready, the timing was perfect, or again, perhaps at bit of both.  Today they are standing in our Eureka Springs gazebo for their elopement wedding which will begin their life together. They chose  a poem I never tire of reading which states, ” It is through I know my true self, I do not take you for granted,  I cherish you, I do not need you I choose you. ”  That is what marriage is all about, making a choice to walk through life together.  A choice to work through the problems life brings with love, patience, and understanding. Saying and meaning, “I will choose you, over all others, every day for all the days of my life. ” You could read  in their eyes that theirs was a most perfect choice.

Our pretty bride with blonde tresses and her loving groom arrived for a Eureka Springs Chapel wedding.  The vows they spoke and the love they clearly felt moved them which is something I am always hoping for because  your wedding should touch your heart.  Their ceremony was a true elopement with our Bride and Groom arriving in a big red truck to hear me say, ” I do means I do want your love and I do give you mine and nothing we do will ever be the same because you and I will be doing it all together.”  So the couple who arrived in that big red truck drove away with happy smiles, leaving with their one true partner in life, their one true love and a beautiful portrait to remind them of love in their hearts on the day they made their promises, one to the other, in our gazebo.

She wore a lovely smile and a pretty jacket which perfectly matched the silk bouquet she carried to marry her tall and handsome groom in our Eureka Springs gazebo on a perfect fall day full of sunshine and warmth.  We usually take the Bridal photographs before the elopement ceremony just in case a few happy tears may fall but our pretty Bride assured me she would only have happy smiles and not happy tears on their perfect day. They chose First Corinthians to be read at their wedding so I read, ” Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”  Our Bridal couple had love but no tears in their eyes as they professed their vows and sealed their love and their marriage with a kiss then we photographed their happiness thereby capturing their love and the moment of their very special wedding day.