Sadly in today’s society marriage is too often temporary. Everyone vows and promises that its forever, but then many times in the first few years the wedding is ended for any one of a multitude of reasons. Long term marriages are becoming rare and the example those strong, lasting marriages give to the next generations is fading. Even though it often looks like there is no hope or long lasting marriages are only in movies or fairy tales you come across a real life story of true love and commitment.
I feel so lucky and blessed to be the one who got to photograph Lisa and Bill’s 30th wedding anniversary vow renewal in Napa recently. I met these two the day of their ceremony and knew pretty much nothing about them or their story. Sure I knew this was their 30th anniversary, but that was it. Little did I know that their story was one of those that you didn’t think existed anymore. Not only had they been married for 30 years but they were true high school sweethearts and being around them you would swear they were still teenagers basking in young love. People can easily put on a good show and make the outside world think everything is a fairy tale, but when a couple has most of their original wedding party come to a 30th anniversary vow renewal on the opposite side of the country you know that this isn’t a show. When the couple has 3 children that can’t stop admiring their parents or speaking so highly about them, you know this story isn’t made up.
Lisa and Bill are the real deal true love story that EVERYONE dreams about and I am honored to be the one who got to capture all the moments from their celebration.