I believe that our relationships are the only thing that truly matters in life, and sadly, we never know when we’re going to lose someone that we love. I was four when my dad passed away in a car accident, and I was 24 when my mom passed away from a long battle with cancer. I have exactly one photo of my family together. My memories have faded, but when I look at that image, I can see myself in my parents, I can see how much they loved one another, and I can see how much they loved me. When I look at the canvas collection on our wall of our family photos when Jackson was only a few months old, I see the most adorable little boy. I’m so grateful that I get to be his mommy and guide him to become an incredible man who will someday start his own family and teach our future generations the importance of kindness, love, and gratitude.
When I look at snapshots from life before me, I appreciate the legacy created by previous generations and am grateful for where that history has brought me. When I look at the boxes of photos I’ve kept and added to over the years, I remember the ordinary but extraordinary moments with incredible people that have made up my life. I want you to know that the images that you get from your wedding might be the last images you will have of your loved ones. Don’t be afraid to show emotion, shed a tear, kiss, hug tight, laugh joyfully, look at each other with the love that you truly feel for one another, and express how you’re feeling in that moment. To me, an image isn’t just a picture. It’s the proof that you lived and loved deeply. Your images are your life.