paula + kris, married in seattle | portland wedding photographers

I remember one of Paula's first emails to me, sent before we met in person. At the end, she added "by the way, Kris and I are in our early 50's - just so you won't be looking for a couple of youngsters.". This made me giggle. The wedding industry has primed us to believe that weddings are only beautiful, only blog-able, shareable, viable if they take place at a gorgeous barn in a wide open field of daisies and unicorns, between two twenty-something fresh-faced model-material people in the throes of young love. Actually working this job has taught me something so different. Love comes in all shapes and sizes. Perfect and imperfect, smooth and rough, tall and short, different and the same.

And you know what? It's been incredible. Honestly. I wouldn't trade this variety for anything. Love is not one size fits all. And, know what? That's why it makes this crazy, mixed-up world of ours go 'round.

So I met P + K, and they told me their story. And what an incredible story it is. They fell madly in love, dated in college, and ultimately broke up and lost touch. Years and year later (30+, I believe?), they ran into each other at a couple family events, and things have never been the same since. He proposed to her on the same beach they frequented in college, 30 years later. They even have a photo from each date to prove it.

Seeing the way these two are together gave me a whole new perspective on what love can truly be. Patient. Kind. Powerful. Loooooong-awaited. If you don't believe me, just take a look at Kris' face when he sees Paula for the first time on their wedding day. That look? Says it all.