Unfortunately, no photography was allowed inside City Hall, so we had to save the rest of the photo shoot for when we returned to my parents home. This, of course, meant we had to brave the heat once again!
My grandparents, who immigrated to the States from Germany during World War II, have been married for fifty-five years and are still head over heels in love with each other. Their story deserves to be made into a best selling novel, it is truly that inspirational — making them the perfect witnesses at our second wedding. Lucas and I made a promise to them inside the courthouse that in regards to our marriage, we would follow in their footsteps.
The following photo is quite possibly my favorite photo ever taken of the two of us together. I think it captures the very essence of our marriage. As a voraciously independent woman, I struggled with the idea of getting married throughout my 20’s. Where I come from in the South, most women are wed by the time they are done with college. I knew early into our relationship that I could easily spend the rest of my life with this man, however I also felt that if we got married too soon I would be compromising myself and that I would regret it the rest of my life. Lucas told me he loved me days after we met. He has always known that I was “the one” and was eager to take the next step. It took me five years to finally know that I was ready to be his wife. He waited patiently while I went through Graduate School and traveled the world and never once lost confidence in me or us. Hence why I love this photo so much; you can see him exuding that confidence, while I am completely relaxed, as I know without a doubt that I made the right decision at the right time.
Then we headed to a nearby neighborhood for the final photos. Our first wedding was all about reflecting what makes Argentina so special and unique, thus for our second wedding I wanted to do the same, but about the South. And when most people think this part of the United States one of the first images conjured is that of a long, serene tree-lined driveway.
Will there be a third wedding if my parents are able to come to some kind of agreement on the location? I am not sure in this moment, but if there is I can promise you there will be more photos and a totally different look. Maybe I will die my original wedding dress pink? What is your favorite photo?
**A tremendous amount of gratitude is owed to Emily Chidester for agreeing to photograph this event with 48 hours of notice and for giving us photos that we will treasure forever.**