There are a thousand milestones in every relationship, striking peaks of essential relevance which act as the path points by which we mark all other days. Yet, in between the countless “firsts,” mounting anniversaries, and landmark occasions are rows of ordinary days peppered with work schedules and morning coffee—and these are the truest essence of love.
A word from photographer Emily Michelson:
“Meghan and Joshua’s easy aura created the perfect environment for a genuine photoshoot, no posing required. Simple questions evoked spontaneous smiles and soulful gazes.”
Love notes from the couple, Josh & Meghan:
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Meghan: “My favorite thing about Josh is his ability to make every bad situation better. He knows exactly what to say when I’m feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, and is always able to make me laugh, even on the worst of days.”
Josh: “Meghan is my favorite. She is my favorite fan, my favorite cheerleader, my favorite friend, my favorite jokester pal, my favorite chef, my favorite mess-maker, my favorite gift-buyer, my favorite compliment-giver, my favorite favorite!”
What is the most important thing in your marriage?
“For us, the most important thing in keeping our marriage happy and healthy is making time for one another. We both lead pretty busy lives, and it’s easy to spend our evenings studying or working rather than spending time together, but we’ve found that even half an hour of quality time together each night makes a world of a difference. Sometimes that means making dinner together, and other times it’s just watching a couple of funny youtube videos together. However we choose to spend our time, it is important to show each other that no matter how many other important things we have going on, the most important thing is our marriage. And that’s always worth making sacrifices for.”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“Never stop dating each other. What I mean by that is that sometimes when you’re in a long-term relationship, it’s easy to get so comfortable that you stop trying to impress your partner. Don’t let that happen! Buy her flowers on a random Tuesday, buy him tickets to see his favorite band in concert, make a blanket fort and watch a movie on your laptop inside it. It’s so important to keep going the extra mile for your partner, whether you’ve been dating for 5 months, married for 5 years or welcoming your fifth grandchild into the world.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“I think that this line from one of our favourite songs, ‘January Wedding’ by the Avett Brothers, sums up our feeling about love pretty well:
‘She keeps it simple
And I am thankful for her kind of lovin’
Cause it’s simple’
Love is not always exciting. Sometimes it’s way too much Netflix and just the right amount of pizza. Sometimes it’s having pillow fights in your bedroom or having water fights in your bathroom. Sometimes it’s essays and midterms and crying and hugging and venting and sleeping and praying together. It’s finding so much joy in the simplest things in life because you’re doing it all with YOUR person.”
photographer: Emily Michelson / magazine: Kinfolk / film lab: PhotoVision