{love story} Robin+Arron

When Robin and I met as college freshmen back in 1999 (!!), we were both figuring out life….figuring out ourselves. We hadn’t lived much yet, but somehow God knew that we would need each other to hold onto through all the things that were to come. Robin was a bit of a shy wall-flower back then (anyone who meets her nowadays would think I’m lying) – but college and the safety of our “Choo Choo Quartet” was the place where she blossomed into the outrageously joyful beauty that she is.

Then we graduated and split off in different directions…and life happened. In the nearly ten years since we graduated, Robin has seen more of the dark side of life than anyone should have to see in a lifetime. Her trusting and loving spirit has been taken advantage of, used, abused, and discarded.

And still she has retained her joy. Her trust in humanity. Her generosity.

Robin’s story is one of redemption, of God taking the broken and discarded parts and bringing life to them once more. When she told me about meeting Arron in March, I was apprehensive that he was going to be like those who had gone before. It wasn’t long, however, before I knew that this was different. That this man wasn’t a user and abuser, but a lover. Someone who saw Robin for who she was. Someone who embraced her daughter Samara as his own. Someone who, very quickly, became Robin’s best friend. Someone with as much life and joy and enthusiasm as Robin has (and if you know Robin, you know how rare that is!)

So it was with tears spilling down my cheeks that I photographed their love on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I don’t know if I have ever been more happy at a wedding. This story has been a long time in coming, but like all good things, it was worth waiting for.

Robin and Arron – I love your love for each other. I can’t WAIT to see all the good things God has in store for you both! xoxo