Sometimes the words don’t come so easily when we try to explain just how much something means. Traveling to Indiana to shoot Kerry and Georgiya’s wedding was special to us for so many reasons.
Kerry entered Rachel’s life years ago as her professor at a four-year study abroad college. They traveled together in a small group for eight months, visiting Thailand, Taiwan, India, and Turkey, and it was during that time that Rachel met and fell in love with her future husband, Jeff. Years later Kerry spoke at Rachel and Jeff’s wedding, and, arriving late and not having the ability to pull up the reading on his cell phone, he recited one of his favorite romantic poems, “With A Seal That Does Not Seal.”
Being able to witness and photograph the wedding of Kerry and Georgiya was an incredibly fitting tribute, a small way to thank Kerry for everything he and Rachel have shared.
But it went further than that. Seeing Kerry’s childhood home, being with Georgiya and her bridesmaids as they excitedly prepped for the ceremony, observing the blending of two families… these intimate moments and so many more offered us a gentle reminder of just how blessed we are to be able to bear witness as two become one on a wedding day.
Sometimes the words don’t come so easily when we try to explain just how much something means. That’s when we turn to the words of others….
With A Seal That Does Not Seal
by Juan Ramon Jimenez
Through this dark night of the sea,
we travel to the other cities of the earth,
where strangers, god, already know us
and open their arms
and open ours wanting our embraces.
What glory of beauty,
what an opening up of hearts and arms,
from animals, men, and god
who shape in their mouths this ready rose,
an open kiss!
A kiss is the consciousness of love.
Through a kiss we melt our bodies
with the substance of the soul;
a kiss is the gift that seals us all
with a seal that does not seal,
which opens us up just like a key.
Key of the world, kiss that also
opens the night of the sea,
if we embrace the sea and kiss it
with the feeling of a star;
the whole world becomes stars
with kisses in constellations
of a harmony of diamonds
from a mine eternally discovered.