Real Love {Marriage}

"i am here to stay,
little house | amanda seyfried

I have to be honest with y'all for a second.
Just a second.
Then I'll go back to lying.
Just kidding ;)
But I do have to say:
I realize when I blog engagements + weddings + couples
I tend to write and post with a distinct sweet/happy/yay!/butterflies feel.

Which I DO think is a big part of being in love,
and I will always capture couples in a "happy" way.

But I know that this is not how love + marriage always is.
I came across these lyrics the other day and loved them:
A "new" part of my business I want to focus on is already married couples.
(Here is the section on my website for that.)

One of the most important and wonderful parts of marriage,
in my inexperienced and young opinion,
is the faithfulness even when it's not
"yay! snuggles!" and lovey-dovey cutesy newly in love-ish.

The shoots I've posted in what I'm called the Married Gallery,
show couples who have walked through some hard times.

Money issues.
Job difficulty.
Health problems. 
"Surprise" pregnancies.
Death of children.
Deployment overseas.
Moving away from family.

Real life isn't a walk in the park with a blonde photographer.
But those heart-wrenching, teary, painful parts of a marriage
is where TRUE love shines the brightest.

Love is a choice,
not a feeling.

It's easy to choose to love when life is easy,
but I have serious respect for the married among us
who have walked through pain and sang
"I am here to stay."