Camron, I will never leave you. I will be faithful to you as long as I live, because Jesus has aways been and will always be faithful to His bride. I vow to fiercely love you, radically pursue you, and gracious know you with an intimacy like the Father has with us. I am fully yours, for the rest of my life. I love you with all my heart forever.
We got our wedding video back, and we are completely undone. We have watched it every day, twice or three times a day, and every time it holds more and more beauty, depth and intimacy for us. Stunned by the capture of our favorite place, it’s the way it gently holds those moments too beautiful for words. I didn’t think anything could come close to capturing what it really felt like to begin our marriage in Alaska together, saying our vows on a glacier in the rain. But this… this comes wonderfully close.
When we watched the last 15 seconds, my heart broke open into unexplainable joy. I remember that moment – the sweetness of it. I remember the way he looked at me. The way our ‘forevers’ sounded so different with our accents. The way the rain made a slow melody on our hats.
When we got our elopement photos back from India Earl, I didn’t think I could love anything so much as those moments, captured by her. But then Jay from Raised By Woods sent us this, and we’re more in love than we can say. Not only did he make us feel so comfortable (and made us laugh every five seconds), he approached it with the kind of joyful, childlike passion and imagination that makes the best kind of creative. The two of them together have given us a gift that will only increase in time.
And, if you’ve made it this far, I have to add this. Our vows are NOT a testament to our own strength or the power and passion of our love for each other. Though I love him with every fibre of my being, my own love will never be enough for Camron. Every word of our vows was a testament to our God whose love is enough, always so satisfyingly enough, that it becomes an overflow into our marriage. It’s rich with selfless, faithful, covenant-keeping love, the kind that will make every day of our marriage deeper, richer and better than the last (no matter what circumstances life brings). I love you Camron.
“With all your heart forever?”
“With all my heart forever. Forever and ever.”