We at The White Wren are no stranger to the notion that marriage is sacrifice. You see, we are often sold the idea that the hard part is getting to marriage: blind dates, flawed flirtatious conversations, and trying to navigate the fine complexities of exactly how “yourself” you can be before this potential is inevitably scared away by your crazy—but once you’re there, you’re there. Once you’re there, you can get comfortable. But marriage isn’t about being comfortable. In fact, it’s that very complacency that leads to the shattered expectations so often felt in marriage. Marriage is not the battle won, its the war fought. It’s where the hard part truly begins, where you roll up the metaphorical shirtsleeves of emotional and spiritual warfare and charge the mountain of vulnerability before you, hand in hand. It acts as a tandem exploration of brokenness, and in so being is the truest reveal of humanity—and I, for one, can think of nothing more poetically beautiful than the tattered edges of two souls fitting together in perfect communion.
It’s precisely this notion that fosters our love for anniversaries: they’re a show of two individuals not only reaching milestones in their journey, but doing so in such a way that is a celebration of their captivating combat. We are blessed beyond measure to take our part in each of our couple’s stories, and today we have the immeasurable joy of sharing with you a lovely window into that of Jason & Flor!
A word from photographer Rudney Novaes:
“To capture Jason and Flor’s love for each other, together with my amazing team, we opted for the serene Montpelier Mansion located in Laurel, Maryland. It was my distinct honor and privilege to play an integral role in their anniversary session. On their anniversary, Jason and Flor continue fall deeper in love with each other and vulnerable to one another. During the anniversary session the couple reflected on the decisions taken that brought them together and those that have sustain their marital bliss.
In a beautiful fall weekend, the couple and I casually strolled the Montpelier grounds. Moments passed before we realized that the manicured garden and wooded paths became our own tranquil and private oasis.”
photographer: Rudney Novaes / venue: Montpelier Mansion / stylist & planner: Luisa Rodrigues / floral designer: Fleur De Charme / dress boutique: Cathy Ebrada Atelier / dress designer: Cathy Ebrada / hair & makeup: Yesli Velasquez / men’s formalwear: Hugo Boss / ring: Tiffany & Co / calligraphy: To Put it Eloquently / film lab: The Find Lab