December 16, 2023
Kathleen and Michael were high school sweethearts, but when college came distance between them also came. While they never forgot each other, life took them on a different paths. After many years and several google searches by Kathleen to find him, they reconnected! It was like no time had passed, and as they talked for hours to catch up on the years in between they realized what a perfect match they always had been.
They had a small intimate ceremony with a few close family and friends and ready to begin this next chapter in their life.
When the look at each other it is as if they are in high school again. Their eyes light up and they get a sweet smile on their face as they gaze into each others eyes.
Their faith in God and trusting in His plan for them was beautiful to witness how God weaved together their story!
They had a first look right as they were about to walk down the aisle and walked down together. Many people don’t know that this is the way the marriage rite is written, that the bride and groom would walk down the aisle together. They are the ministers of the Sacrament of Marriage. The priest is there as a witness and of course to minister the Mass.
I have been listening to the Catechism in a year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz, and one of the things that struck my heart when he was reading the section on the Sacrament of Marriage was a suggestion by St. John Chrysostom. The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2365 states:
St. John Chrysostom suggests that young husbands should say to their wives: I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us. .. I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.CCC 236
I have no doubt that this is how Mike loves Kathleen and vice versa. What gift Marriage is, and I am honored to get to witness the sacrament on a daily basis.
A special thank you to my fellow photographer Beth Pack, who was able to document this story for me, as I had another wedding already booked when I first met with them, but I loved them and their story so much that I knew I still wanted to be a part of it.
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