The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
When I met my husband the spark that attracted me to him wasn’t words that he spoke. It wasn’t flowers at my doorstep, or holding my hand after dinner. He didn’t do the things we’re told as little girls our “prince charming” will do. In fact while I was confused and hurt many times then, I realize now he just didn’t know what it was I was waiting for. I don’t know if there could have been a wider gulf of what the expectations we had for each other were. Marrying someone from another culture, religion, and lifestyle is an uphill battle. If you choose this path, I’m willing to bet it will be one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life.
It’s not supposed to work.
Everyone will tell you it won’t work.
You WILL insist they are all wrong.
Sometimes they will be wrong, and sometimes they will be right. You will need to develop the mental and physical toughness to know when to admit you were wrong and when you need to stand up and fight for it when it’s right.
Why here? Why Istanbul? Something called me here long before we landed. The same song that called me to Morocco what is now two decades ago. I asked my friend Katie who lives in Istanbul and is a wonderful photographer if she would consider doing a photo shoot with us. We never had proper engagement or wedding photographs and I regret this. When we met the day of the pictures she also brought her friend Martina, another uber-talented photographer along to join us.
It wasn’t until after we were finished and I was looking through the pictures and specifically this one;
that something dawned on me. This image so completely captures us. In an insanely accurate way. Here we are standing “on top of” the world. With the city at our feet. Defiant. In love more today than ever. The city below us is one of connections. It’s a mixture of east and west. It’s a blending and mixing of cultures and traditions. It has it’s daily strains but it’s sewn together with languages, food, and stories.
Just like us.
There could have been no better place than Istanbul to make these pictures happen. We highly recommend hiring a photographer when you travel somewhere to follow you and take pictures. They could be of you doing and seeing tourist things, or they could be a bit more styled like ours. If you’re in Istanbul get in touch with Katie to schedule your session. One very cool thing to note is Katie shoots her images on actual film. Yes, they do still exist! So most of these were a complete surprise until after the roll was developed (remember that?!)
Our Istanbul “Engagement/Wedding/Anniversary” Pictures
My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. – Rumi
In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. – Rumi
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. – Rumi
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. – Rumi
A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home. – Rumi
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