Today I want to share a story about putting hope and the true meaning of lasting marriage back into beating hearts around the globe.
Its a beautiful reminder to the world from the lens of a granddaughter who adored her grandparents.. and the love they shared for so many years.
Its also about a mission to share these old love stories and showing love wins.. always, no matter what,
These meaningful, heartfelt and stunning images were captured by Love, The Nelsons.
The Nelsons are Shalyn and Drew, a husband and wife fine art photography team.
They love weddings and they LOVE the meaning of marriage, and have been capturing love with their cameras since 2011, and their style is fresh, romantic, and timeless .
They believe it is an endlessly fulfilling privilege to photograph the most important day of your lives, and they want your experience to be simple, genuine, intentional, comfortable, relaxing and most importantly, FUN!
Shalyn says of the her mission, and these images…
We are living, breathing and experiencing a world of instant gratification and noncommittal tendencies.
We are so wrapped up in seeing the “instant-polariod pictures”, and not the huge hand-painted masterpiece of marriage that takes time, patience, passion, attention to detail, and hard work.
What happened to being together forever? Why does our world look down on marriage so much now? It breaks my heart and even though I am ONE person…
I have felt called to somehow, someway make a change. Any change. Nobody is perfect, but LOVE…LOVE is why we are here.
Love is real, it’s unique for everyone and it has the power to change our world if we let it.
Marriage should be forever. It’s finding that person you pick to love and yet, drive you crazy, day in and day out.
It’s more than colour schemes, gorgeous gowns, perfectly crafted tables capes, and the perfect shoes.
It’s about growing old together, choosing your person every day, hand in hand, wrinkle after wrinkle. It’s taking two heartbeats and working together to make one.
Whomever is reading this, THIS right here is my heart. This right here is the most important thing I have ever been a part of and put together.
As you read this, I am over here behind the scenes pouring out blood, sweat and tears into this passion project. I’m calling it Love, The Nelsons Project. I’m ready to show lovers around the world that true love still exists.
There are so many love stories that we don’t know of out there waiting to be shared. The hard ones, big ones, small ones, beautiful ones, and stories that can change our lives and the way we view marriage. This is my pledge and my mission to find these stories and to document them.
I want to put together something truly special, to help instil the true value and purpose of marriage back into our lives? The sky is the limit here! If I can impact one…just ONE marriage, ONE woman or man who are seeking their forever…my mission in life will be fulfilled.
My grandparents were had an incredible lasting marriage being together for 63 years.
My Papaw passed away in August 2016, but I can’t help but think of how grateful I am that I have these photos I took of them.to celebrate their many years together.
HE planted a rose bush outside of their bedroom window when they built their house many, many years ago.
He always said, “Billie Wanda is the rose of my life…But it does have a few thorns here and there…”,
The roses he holds in some of the images are to show the true significance of this.
Reaching these momentous and significant milestones is so rare these days and should be something we really aspire to and really celebrate.
All too often too we hear stories of people snatched away in the prime of their lives who don’t get the chance to celebrate their golden years together.
Life in that instance isn’t fair at all so we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to love to try to make our special people feel special every single day.
Isn’t that love letter just precious, so from the heart…
To Contact The Nelsons
Photography: Love, The Nelsons
Venue: Hidden Lake Ranch
Wedding Dress: The Ivy Retreat
Make Up and Hair: Makenzi Laine