Happy Valentines Day! This picture is from a recent shoot at Sunset Cliffs California. We thought it was the perfect backdrop for our special V-Day surprise. From the vaults, here is our actual wedding proposal and vows.
I have spent days, weeks, and years over-analyzing every situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened but with you everything just feels right. I am ready to just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on. I am ready to love with all my heart and soul, forever. I know love is just a word but you give it definition; you give it life. Together, we have built a lifetime of dreams and goals, but our ultimate happiness will depend not on our plans but our ability to cope with unexpected turns and unavoidable ups and downs. We may not get what we think we want, but if we’re willing to adapt, we can get something even better. Today you can make me the luckiest man alive but success is made from hard work, perseverance, and integrity, not luck and I will not be outworked – period. Today I am listening to both my heart and my head and they are telling me you are absolutely wonderful. It has been said that the enduring impact of experiences and the true nature of relationships are only revealed by time and I want a lifetime with you. Jennifer Katrina Ocrant, will you marry me?
From this moment, I, Ed, take you, Jenn, as my best friend, my partner in life and crime, and my one true love. Together we will build a home filled with love where we can always be ourselves. Our future will be fueled by the limitless possibilities of united dreams. Our past will be washed free of regrets from any opportunities lost or forgiveness not offered. Every morning I will choose to live, truly live with you. Every evening we can recount our great adventures or offer absolution for our misgivings. I vow to love you for what you allow me to do as much as what you keep me from doing and savor our differences as much as our similarities. You are my beautiful non repeater, my organizer, the metal to shape my wood, my forever home and eternal muse.
These are the things I promise you my love:
Bring your morning coffee with a smile and clean the kitchen afterwards
Listen to what you mean more than what you are saying.
Cut what needs cut
Trim what needs trimmed
Wash what gets dirty
Always come back for one more snuggle
To speak more with a good kiss and hug than a great Wikipedia search
Know when to temp and when to temper
No hard conversations before coffee
To scratch your back when ever you ask
I will tolerate really bad tv
I can accept a life of peace
I shall never forget our dreams
Do you remember that place between being asleep and awake where you still remember your dreams? That is where I always love, that’s where I’ll always wait for you.
From this moment, I, Jenn, take you, Ed, as my best friend, my partner in life and crime, and my one true love. When our way becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and uplift you, so that through our union we can accomplish more than we could alone. I promise to work at our love and always make you a priority in my life. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard. I will love you when our love is simple, and when it is an effort, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I pledge to respect your unique talents and abilities, to share in your dreams, and to support you as you strive to achieve your goals. I will listen to you with compassion and understanding, and speak to you with encouragement. I feel like everything in my life has led me to you, my choices, my heartbreaks, and my joy. We are the products of our choices. Had i done 1 thing differently, I might have never met you. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life.
These are the things I promise you my love:
I promise to have fun no matter what life throws at us.
I promise to tell you I love you everyday in every way I can.
To try to remember to turn down the tv when it gets too loud, and to minimize your exposure to my terrible taste in shows.
To snuggle with you at the end of all of your long days.
To make all of our decisions together.
To make you the most important person in my life.
To love you more and more each and every day for the rest of our lives.
To always be silly.
To support your coffee habit…before 4pm.
To try to refrain from having a complete meltdown when you play your ‘dude, where’s my ???? game’.
To love you forever, even on the days I don’t like you.
To always make up silly songs with you
To remember that though the most direct path is my automatic default, it is not necessarily yours.
I will love growing old with you.
We decided to end with a quote for one another:
You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.