Ladies and gentlemen, meet my parents. These two incredible people are celebrating 30 years of marriage today. And we couldn’t be prouder of them.
My parents met here in Portland on a blind date and it seemed to be magic — they got married LESS THAN TWO MONTHS LATER. Yes, that’s completely insane. They acknowledge that now. Flash forward 30 years, and they’ve got three daughters, three son-in-laws and three grandkids.
There’s a scene in “Keeping the Faith,” which is one of my guilty pleasure movies, where Edward Norton’s character is talking to his head priest for advice because he loves a woman and is considering leaving the priesthood to be with her. The older priest tells him that with being a priest, with marriage or with any other commitment you make, it’s just an issue of making the same decision over and over again.
My parents have modeled that — when they were having fun, when life was just downright crappy and everywhere in between, over thirty years they’ve continued to make the same decision — to be together — for thirty years. It’s a beautiful thing, and something I’ve learned a lot from in my own relationship.
Congratulations, Mom and Dad! I love you!
I think it’s such a cool idea to commemorate your anniversary with photos. Jonathan and Sunjin clearly agree, because I joined them for some time on their very first wedding anniversary last month, as they spent time together eating French pastries and walking around in NW Portland.
Why French pastries? Well, I love their story — they met years ago in France, both studying abroad. They only met just once, for one night, and then kept in touch for years afterward. A year ago, they got married in Hawaii and now they live happily in Portland with their little dog, Pudding. How cute is that?! Scroll down to see how cute Pudding is…
I love how these two, after a year of marriage, are clearly still so smitten and so happy to be together on the same continent, building a life together.
Jonathan and Sunjin, it was so fun to spend a part of your anniversary with you! Here’s to many more happy anniversaries in the future for you two.
I’m going to be honest: This was sort of a sad session. Not sad because the couple was sad, not sad because it was a sad day or sad circumstances, but sad because I have had a blast working with these two throughout their wedding process and I’m sad to be done! I guess I’ll just have to wrangle them back for an anniversary session next spring.
After their fun engagement session and their fun, modern wedding, Steph and Pete were ready to try a little something different. Steph told me that she wanted something with a sexier edge, so we drove out into the fields at sunset on a summer evening. I love the result.
Look at these guys! I love how they were channeling their inner GQ, especially Pete. Look at him working it!
Steph and Pete, you guys are the best. This was blast, as usual, and I can’t believe our little wedding journey is over! Now onto the exciting part: Your life together!