Mr. & Mrs. Willi … 5 Years Later – Part I {Fort Worth, TX}

Kamille and Bradley celebrated five years of marriage last Saturday and I had the immense honor of documenting this meaningful milestone for them. I am fortunate to be able to call these two cuties my friends and have enjoyed seeing their relationship deepen with every year. They are generous, loving, and among the kindest people you could ever meet. They encourage all along their way, both professionally (teachers!) and outside the classroom.

And can I just say that they are incredible to work with? Kamille and Bradley are up for anything and allow me to “play” – I love shoots like this. We tracked local storms up until an hour or two before the session and were delighted when we saw that Mother Nature would be kind to us. During our memorable morning, we explored downtown and visited many locations that hold meaning to this darling couple. There were tender moments, laughs, reminiscing, a little rule breaking, and cupcakes! These two make me smile and their passion for one another is easy to see. I hope that their upcoming years of marriage are blessed beyond measure.

I asked Kamille to shoot over her perspective about their story and what I received was one of the most beautifully honest and heartfelt things I’ve read regarding marriage. I leave you with her inspired words… scroll down and prepare for all the feels!

Well, I was 19, you were 21
The year we got engaged
And everyone said we were much too young
But we did it anyway

We got the rings for 40 each
From a pawn shop down the road
And we said our vows
And took the leap now 15 years ago

And we went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storms
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for

Well, “I do” are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another, I’ve heard
Is a good place to begin

‘Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price
For the life that we have found

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storms
And this is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
And, when I loose love’s chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith to the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

‘Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadow lands
‘Til the shadows disappear

‘Cause He promised not to leave us
And His promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos
Baby, I can dance with you

So let’s go dancing in the minefields
Let’s go sailing in the storms
Oh, let’s go dancing in the minefields
And kicking down the doors

Oh, let’s go dancing in the minefields
And sailing in the storms
Oh, this is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for

“I have been listening to Andrew Peterson, Christian singer/songwriter, since childhood. When I heard the song, “Dancing In The Minefeilds,” I felt an instant connection to the lyrics. Our first dance as husband & wife was to this song. We were so in love the day of our wedding, surrounded by our closest family & friends, the date was June 4th of 2011.

It would take me our first year of marriage to truly appreciate the message of that song we danced to on our wedding day. And our second year of marriage. And our third year of marriage. And our fourth year of marriage. And as we celebrated our fifth year of marriage, I appreciate it more than I have in previous years. Each year we grow wiser in the ways of love. The best advice I have received about love, is that love is a choice, not a feeling. SPOILER ALERT for the newly weds, you are not always going to feel like loving the person you marry.

Love is something we both have to choose daily, some days are better than others. We have seen the intricacies of the vows we took…we have lived out for better or for worse; for richer or for poorer; in sickness and in health and we have come out of that with a sense of brokenness and a sense wholeness simultaneously. We are emptied to be filled again. We weather great storms to find a greater, more powerful love than we could ever imagine possible. A love that is grounded in the fact that God first loved us. We are only able to extend one another grace in marriage because we were extended grace from the Father. This marriage is a perfect picture of sanctification. God is using this marriage to chip away the things of this world & bring us to a better understanding of who He is. It is a painful process, we have scars, we are battered & bruised. But the fruit of those experiences are so incredibly worth it because of the deeper love & ultimate joy we have found.

Five years later, I still do. We still do. This is a celebration of the real day to day love we share. We went back to the Ashton where we stayed after we got married. Back to Sundance Square where we shared many dates leading up to our wedding day. Bradley took me to Mi Cocina & Bass Hall to see The Nutcracker the night he asked me to be his wife. We came back to remember where we have been, where we are, & where we are headed.

It was beautiful to have Mandy with us, taking our photographs. She was there from the beginning, when we took engagement pictures. We were able to relax & have an absolute blast.” ~Kamille

Want to see more of Kamille and Bradley’s anniversary morning? Click HERE for Part II!

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