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Monday, June 12, 2017

A Milestone Anniversary | Paris Photoshoot

Our love story isn't the kind that you read about in fairy tales.  Or maybe, just maybe, it is....
When I think back on some of the hard times my husband and I have been through throughout our courtship, perhaps those moments were like the times in fairy tales when it seemed like the villain was destined to win.  But, somehow, some way love and happiness always prevailed and that's been true for us, and I'm so thankful for how far we've come.  

When we got married, we weren't able to go on a honeymoon.  At the time, I wanted to go to Paris but it wasn't a possibility.  We vowed to each other that we'd make the trip for our five year anniversary, and sure enough, we did!

When I started planning for the trip a year and a half ago, I knew that I wanted to commemorate the occasion in a special way, so I searched for local photographers in Paris to capture an anniversary photo shoot for us.  I started my search via instagram by doing a hashtag search for things like #parisphotography, #parisphotog, etc., as a way to find different photographers.

Catherine O'Hara's 'feed caught my eye due to so many stunning images of love, and her attention to detail.  She was a pleasure to work with from the moment I contacted her to book the shoot to the quick turnaround on our images.  And, she was so welcoming and sweet during our session.  I can't recommend her enough.

Very often I hear that what Mario and I have is considered #marriagegoals, and it always makes me want to give a lecture about our story and the effort required to sustain a marriage. It's been one of the best kind of journeys, yet full of constant work, effort, character building and perseverance.

I hope that when people look at us they know that our particular journey over the past five years (and more) hasn't been perfect. What you see is years worth of shaping, molding and so much prayer; especially as we evolve individually. So, this milestone anniversary was a really big deal for us, and as you can see, we lived it up in the best kind of way in celebration.

God so graciously continues to mature our love and keep our marriage whole, and I'm so grateful for this life He saw fit for us to build together. I'm praying that we don't just continue to grow together, but thrive together, and may our golden anniversary in the years to come be just as memorable and full of love as this one.
And, may we live happily, ever after!

Photos by the amazing, Catherine O'Hara

xoxo, Nicole


  1. OMGoodness!! These pictures are so great. I love every single last one!! I can see why you picked the photographer you did, her feed looks great! I love this post so much. I'm so happy to have been there for both you and Mario and I'm so happy to have seen both of you grow. Happy Anniversary (again). I know you guys enjoyed it!

    1. Thank you so much! These photos turned out extremely well, and I couldn't be happier! So, so glad that we were able to capture this place and our time there in this way.

  2. These pics are beautiful!! What a special trip and how lovely to always have these to commemorate it. Happy Anniversary!!

    1. Thank you, Cece! I so agree, I love that we have such a lasting memory of this trip!


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