There’s a misconception about marriage that many seem to accept: they feel that to be married is to no longer struggle, that marriage and having a partner fixes every woe. But to think so is folly. Life doesn’t stop happening to you simply because you have another to share it with. Truthfully, by math alone, you double your chances at suffering: you invite your every trouble into their every trouble, and those burdens tend to love one another’s company.
Here’s the difference: marriage means that when heartbreak or loss or incredible cruelty creeps into your lives, you won’t have to withstand it alone. There is someone there just as heartbroken, just as lost, simply because you are living it. And sometimes, that means gripping one another’s hands and charging headlong into the fray… but in others — and much more beautifully, much more perceptively — it means to simply feel it. To stand resolute in raw togetherness. To keep each other warm against the gale, letting those winds whip at your very soul. To feel it, truly feel it, and know that those arms wrapped around you are feeling just the same.
Today’s editorial is all about raw existence, a pair of sweethearts embracing their rugged, unhewn surroundings, and — most importantly — embracing one another through every beautifully wild moment!
photographer: Emily Kirsten Photography/ venue: The Oregon Coast / stylist, planner, and designer: Brandy Jackson/ floral designer: Seventh Stem/ dress boutique and designer: Kirsten Paige Bridal/ linens: Silk & Willow/ calligraphy: Ink & Press Co/ ring: Olive Ave Jewelry/ assistant: Courtney Rae / film lab: The Goodman Film Lab