I have the unique privilege of being a part of a couple’s story at the beginning. It may not seem like the beginning, after what is typically years of dating, and months of wedding planning, but it is the beginning. And while my job as a wedding photographer is to document the events that unfold on a wedding day, it’s so much more than that to me. It’s capturing the joy of the journey. It’s celebrating the incredible commitment to love and serve and honor each other. It’s encouraging couples to prepare for not just a beautiful wedding day, but more importantly, a wonderful marriage.

Anna Kerns Photography, www.annakerns.com

Life will get messy, bodies will age, beauty will fade, things will get tough. Sometimes the “for better” comes after the “for worse”. So the foundation that you build now can not only get you through the struggles better, it can bring you closer than ever. Those date nights you’re making time for, those little things you’re doing to help each other out with chores and errands, those late night talks about what your forever looks like together – that is building your foundation even stronger. Every time you find little ways to love and serve and honor, you are doing something. You are building a stronger marriage, and that is where true beauty is found. 

A month before their wedding, this couple was transformed by makeup artists to experience what they will look like as they age, all the way to their 90’s. Their reactions are really special.

Age 70: “I can’t help but think about what the potential last fifty years were. It makes me think of where we have gone, to be next to each other, looking like this. What will have happened in between? We’ll have kids, and grandkids. And so many stories.”

Age 90: “I would always want to make sure he knew how much I loved him. And how important he’s been to me.” With tears in their eyes, he replied, “You just made me a better person. There’s so many things I couldn’t be without you, and will never be without you.”

I believe that love never fades, and marriage is amazing. And your wedding day is just one of the many, many stories you will tell for years to come.