Hilary + Jeremy | Sunset Cliffs Vow Renewal

Fairytales paint love to be this euphoric rush of a guaranteed forever, and while I’m into that idea as much as the next girl, I know for a fact that the realest of loves are based on daily commitment with your imperfect but perfect for you person. It’s the thousand of little ways you learn to say “I love you” to your partner without saying anything at all. Love in general really is a pretty dang complex four letter word.

And marriage? Well, marriage calls for the decision to pick that love and that person every day, for the rest of your days. We all know that marriage isn’t a straight shot. It’s not a simple guarantee. It takes work. After all, it’s a dance of two hearts that call each other home, with guest appearances from communication, forgiveness, vulnerability, laughter, tears, trials, and triumphs.

Oh, and dancing in the kitchen. And ice cream dates. And family ditch days to see a double feature. And pizza slices shared on the couch without a word, soaking up the simplicity of the moment.

It’s a beautiful, incredible, effort-packed decision and one that I get to see couples make on the daily. But what’s even better? The opportunity to see two people that you love pick each other like that... again.

I had the privilege of shooting Hilary and Jeremy’s sunrise vow renewal and yes, it really was the dreamiest morning. It was one of those mornings that refuels your soul. Perched cliffside as waves tumbled below, watching these two together with their two adorable babies and closest loved ones as they re-committed to one another? Nothing short of magic.

Such magic is thanks to these two and their decision to grow together, grow apart, grow up and then come back together to grow a love that's better than a fairy tale because it's full of REAL. The ‘this takes work but you’re worth it’ kind of love, the ‘you’re my person today, tomorrow and every day after that’ kind of love.

Hilary and Jeremy, thank you for letting me capture this kind of love and for giving me a front row seat to your story. It’s one of the best I’ve ever read.

WeddingAlyss Charles