One of our passions in the wedding industry is not only seeing our couples happily married and taking beautiful photos for them, but also to encourage and help all couples in having the best possible marriage that they can. Our ideal clients are not only those who pour their heart into their wedding day, but also pour their soul into each other and into developing a strong marriage relationship that goes beyond the wedding day and lasts for many years.
So today, we’re starting a new area on our blog devoted to our thoughts, inspiration, and encouragement gleaned from the last seven years of our own marriage (yes, our anniversary is just around the corner!) I actually had not planned to blog this today, but the question just came to me while making a late lunch for the two of us …
When is the last time you gave the best of two options to your spouse?
As humans, we’re selfish creatures. We want the best of everything for ourself 90% of the time. While I stared at the salad I prepared, it looked really pretty .. the nicest one.
So I decided to give that one to my wife.
It was a small thing, really. But it made me think. How often as spouses do we give our partner the best of two choices? A successful marriage is one where each partner gives to to the other. It can’t be a one way street where one gives all the time, and one always takes. Both have to give, and give one hundred percent. And it has to happen everyday. If you go weeks without giving your spouse the best, you’re drifting from the ideal. Look for some way to express it each day. That small gift of sacrifice each day will be appreciated, and go such a long way towards developing your relationship together in marriage.
“Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.” Eph. 5:25-28
This image makes me smile today .. it’s from our one year anniversary session with Nichole & Steve. They just bought a new house and wanted to capture some great memories there with their ‘baby’ Delilah. We love them both and wish them the best in their years of marriage that are ahead. xo