I sat down to write this but I had no words. I don’t even know if I can manage to put the words together to accurately describe this sweet, beautiful couple. I’ve started and stopped several times.
I have had the gift of Terri’s friendship since around the ripe old age of 14. We’re plenty nine +1 now so you could say we’ve been friends a while. As with any young friends, we’ve gone long periods of time without talking or even seeing each other, life has a way of forcing gaps like that sometimes. Despite time and distance we’ve both always known we are just a phone call away and when we’ve gotten together it’s like not a single minute has passed and we still see each other every day. I’ve always loved Terri’s laugh that she gifts us with so freely, her outgoing, bubbly personality and how she lights up a room.
I haven’t gotten to know Thomas as well as I’d like but I love him too! These two have been through so much and they’ve survived. They have come out the other side stronger and more in love than ever before with a brand new lease on life.
You see…we almost lost our precious Terri a year ago. I won’t go in to detail as Terri openly shares their story on her blog (http://www.miraculousfailure.com) but my eyes were already full of tears just photographing my beautiful strong, courageous lifelong friend walking down the aisle toward the love of her life….a few minutes later she took the mic and said…
“..before I felt like every choice I ever made led me to you, but now I know that it was God that led me to you, so that you could save me.”“How to I begin to honor the one who is literally the reason that I am alive?”“Thomas, you are my husband and a lot of people have those but you are also my hero and hardly anybody has that.”
I had to fight literally blubbering out loud. It wasn’t just me either., there was not a dry eye in the crowd. This was the most loving, sweetest, most heartfelt ceremony I’ve ever had the privilege of attending, much less photographing.
Terri thank you for being you, for loving me, for being here and for giving me the gift of being able to document this beautiful day for you. Thomas, thank you for loving my girl, for always having a welcoming hug and for being the most amazing, loving supportive husband that any woman could ever hope to have.
I love you both so much and wish you many, many, many more years of happiness.