It was during the church service when Ariel expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards her parents and how much she wishes that her father could be here with her on her wedding day. I noticed how her mum, brother, sister and closest friends began to tear.
It was the first time we saw Ariel’s emotions run free.
Believing in finding beauty in sorrow, we attempted to capture that precious moment and her words. Ariel’s silhouette was back-lit by the beautifully handcrafted tinted window, as she spoke about her late father. At that very moment, I felt a deep sense of peacefulness in my heart, knowing that her prayers are heard.
There certainly wasn’t a dry eye in the room when the video was played during the wedding banquet. Her shaky, trembling voice was enough to churn up the feelings of those who knew her father, whom I believe was a great, loving father and husband. I can’t express my emotions in another fashion, but it was undeniably a heart-warming sight for us, knowing that we had created something that was extremely dear to them.
When couples ask us if they should write their own vows or should they just read the standard vows,
we always encourage them to write it themselves. It can be something funny or something romantic, it doesn’t matter.
What we felt most importantly is, to remember the vows you made on the very day for the rest of your life.
And I know Sharon meant every single word she said when she made the vow.
“I promise to laugh with you and share your joy, when you are happy.
I promise to be always there for you, to cheer you up, when you are down.
I promise to scold you, to make you grow, when you are unreasonable.
I promise to give in and compromise, when we quarrel.
I promise to love you as long as I live.