Mar 29, 2012

Engaged: Arlyn and Andrew

Sometimes love is easy, most of the time it's not. 

If you've ever been in a long distance relationship, or a season of long distances between you and your significant other ... you know what I mean. Your patience, your trust, and your heart is tested to the end of it's rope. And at the end of the day no matter how hard things get, love is worth the fight and worth the wait.

Arlyn and Andrew have been tried and tested and no distance can break them apart. That's love. 
These love birds stuck it out through a whole deployment during their engagement and Arlyn basically planned her whole wedding from over seas. I can not tell you how incredible that is, planning a wedding from home is difficult enough but doing it from another country continent, while being deployed ... well that takes a super woman!
But they did it, they got through Arlyn's deployment and "home" was back in it's rightful place.
Because these two are in the military life means constantly moving. 
And as soon as my friend Jeku sent this couple my way they were on the move again to get married and settle down on the other side of the country. 
The day we did this shoot was the day they packed their bags, because the following day they were saying goodbye to DC and hitting the road for Texas.

It was truly an honor to spend the last few hours of their stay in DC with them.
 I felt almost like an intruder as they said goodbye to their favorite places.
But every goodbye is followed up with a new hello, a new season, a new chapter, a new adventure.
Arlyn and Andrew were getting just that.
We ran around their part of the city {Dupont Circle} like mad, as they shared stories of where they had been and where they were going.
I felt like an old friend in their company, though we were first introduced online only two days prior.
It was also weird feeling so relaxed in such a busy part of the city. 
But well worn-in love does that sometimes, even to the people around you.
 Arlyn and Andrew are both easy going, kind-hearted spirits and it rubs off when you are with them.

Arlyn and Andrew thank you again for working with me, and I'm glad I was free on such short notice for your shoot. It will remain one of my most cherished moments as a photographer, being able to capture your last moments together in the city where you fell in love. Most of the time I get to capture beginnings, it was so sweet to be there for an "ending". I know you both have been in Texas for a little while now, but I hope this new season of life is as good to you as your season in DC was. You guys make distance seem like just a word. Best wishes!
Goodbyes always get me, because I have the hardest time saying them ... but when you know you've had a good run and are headed to bigger and better things {especially hand in hand with the ones you love}, sometime's goodbyes are the best thing for you.
Hope this new season is full, and wonderful for all of you! Happy Spring guys!

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