Anniversary, Portrait

True Love on Valentine’s Day | 55 Year Anniversary Session | Gerald & Patricia

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True Love Anniversary Session | Valentine's Day | Laura & Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

It’s 1961, Jerry is a local police officer in his early twenties and can’t help himself to notice the city’s secretary Patricia, as she walks down the hall past his office each morning. Jerry’s Sargent confronted him one morning, smiling shaking his head, saying he didn’t stand a chance with her. After a five dollar friendly wager, and Jerry filled with confidence, he walked up to Patricia’s desk and asked her on a date, which she happily obligated. With his palm facing up, Jerry marched back to his Sargent, winning this bet, and that five dollars paid for their first date.

An older couple, the more wrinkles the better, strolling hand in hand, either laughing and smiling, or tender silence, pulls at our heart strings every time. We can’t count the times we’ve seen a couple like this we point out with an “Awwwww… that is the sweetest! Now that is true love.” A few weeks ago we put a plan in motion, to capture real love. You might be asking yourself, don’t we do this every weekend while capturing weddings, and the answer is yes, we absolutely do, but there was something stirring deep within us to capture a different type of love.

Be Mine. True Love. Always & Forever. Things people say, especially on Valentine’s Day, that the heart aches to year all year. To a lot of people Valentine’s Day means I Love You’s, red roses, paper hearts, and boxes of chocolate, but this year we wanted to share a more personal project.

Every Sunday we would sit in the same seats at church and notice this adorable older couple a few rows up, always hand in hand, never apart. Every Sunday we would smile at each other at how cute they were and how it made us feel so warm inside to imagine what such a mature love had been woven from. Who would have known a few years later when this idea came to life, that the only couple we imagined capturing was this couple from church we so admired.

Less than a year after their first date they were married, settling into a home Jerry had recently bought from that same Sargent, and quickly started a family. Fast forward 55 years, with children gown, they now welcomed the years as being grandparents.

After our session with Jerry and Patricia, we stood on the beach talking for nearly an hour, listening to them share their love story, which soaked into us like we were turning the pages of a novel. They were open and honest, sharing their highs and lows, smiling from ear to ear and finishing each others sentences.

As Jerry read the love letter he had written to his dear Trish during our session, we all cried, because friends this is everything. This is true love.

Thank you to everyone who helped this session come to life…

Hair & Makeup | Blush Makeup Studio
Florals | Seascape Flowers
Calligraphy | The Heritage Co
Film Scans | The Find Lab

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  1. Tyrenda Pentecost

    February 14th, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    So sweet I love anniversary shoots

  2. Sharon

    February 21st, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This is literally the sweetest thing ever!!!

  3. Dorthe

    February 25th, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Great.

  4. Rahela

    February 27th, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for the article and video!Keep the good work !

  5. Natalie

    February 28th, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    What a beautiful intimate wedding!

  6. Nicole

    February 28th, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    OMG cue the tears!!!!