Take a Breath and Jump

Here’s the thing about love. When it touches two people it’s unlike anything that they felt before. Sometimes it’s enough to take your breath away, and sometimes it’s a sweet silence that you just possess together. Every so often it’s a combination of both. But when you know you’re in love, what do you do next? Usually the next action involves some sort of leap of faith – laying your emotions out for the other person to know exactly how you feel. It can be vulnerable and risky. You put yourself at a risk for being rejected entirely. But you take a breath, and jump in. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be taking leaps of faith together like this for the rest of your life, over and over again.

from the photographer, Jessica: “This session was such a breath of fresh air. I wanted to capture Kaila and Jimmy in a way that was authentic and meaningful to them, so we met at sunrise on a chilly autumn morning. It was the most beautiful thing just to watch them in their element, on the water bathed in sunlight with their sweet pup alongside them. Together, Kaila and Jimmy make love look easy and slow.”

from Kaila: “The first time I met Jimmy, I looked into his eyes and felt peace. Right off the bat we found out we both enjoy traveling; going on adventures and trying new things. We are definitely the nontraditional couple, we prefer salty and sweaty over ball gowns and tux’s to make our memories special. In the 9 months before our engagement, we had traveled to many different states and was planning a trip outside the country. Having another person who shares in your love of adventure gives your life peace. Jimmy even proposed to me on a beach In Ocracoke, NC, messy hair and all! Our love is for each other, our passion is for adventure and our comfort is in our shared beliefs.”

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We officially met a the chiropractic office Jimmy works at. My mother works in the office for another doctor and couldn’t wait to introduce us. As soon as I looked into Jimmy’s eyes and shook his hand, it felt like home. A few months later, we started to hang out and couldn’t get enough of each other! We started to travel and spend as much time together as we could. The rest is history!

What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
Jimmy and I love our families and enjoy our friends. We are all about a good time! Laughing and making memories is one of the most important “must haves” for our wedding day. Our goal is to have our guests leave our wedding going, WOW, now that was fun!

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Communicate! I always heard this but never understood it until being with someone who you love. They don’t know what is going on inside your head. Speak your truth but speak it with love.
Learn each other. The person you are with is not YOU. The person you are with is his/her own person. Be patient as you learn each other’s love languages, likes, dislikes, strengths and insecurities.

What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love, true love, gives you a peace that is almost indescribable. To know someone who adores and cares for you as much as you do for them, is a feeling that you can’t compare.

Photographer: Jessica Slaunwhite / Film Lab: Photovision Prints


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