This was the session of all sessions for me. I teared up during the session (super professional) and came home from the beautiful Fort Saskatchewan heritage grounds and just could not bring myself to do anything else. All I wanted to do was think about it. It was that amazing.
When you have a daughter who loves her parents so much to organize a photographer, florist and make-up artist for the professional photos they never had for their wedding, you know you will have a truly magical experience. They never had professional photos or a 'traditional' wedding with many of the bells and whistles.
Then you meet them. And they are so lovely and warm. They exude a life of love. And you say what all the kids are saying.. 'Goals.' I mean no pressure for their kids right?
To give you a glimpse of their love, here are some answers to my questions from Silvia herself.
How did we meet?
I moved from my city to the capital city in our country and I happened to move to the same street where Rafael lived. I met his younger brother and we all became friends.
What do you remember about your wedding day?
It was a Saturday in the afternoon and we had a few people, 10 plus the 2 of us. We got ready, and after the session we went back home and change our clothes and we went to the movie theatre. We went on his motorcycle but we don't remember the movie we watched. We were happy we were together.
What has been a few highlights over the years we have been married?
The most important was the move from El Salvador to Canada and we were alone to start a new life for us and our baby that was 8 months old. For Rafael to get accreditation as an engineer. The growth of the family and learn to balance family, work and relationship when we didn't have anybody to rely on but God. God became our center to guide us as we raised a family.
What is the secret/key to a healthy, long lasting marriage?
Understanding each other and respecting our differences, with love and commitment to one another. we are blessed by God being always our guide and we have always look for guidance, even though we have different denominations. Rafael has always respected my belief and never tried to make me change. I respect the fact he is the head of the family but my opinion has always counted.
A very important fact is that we were in love and were blessed with children and we wanted them to be happy and have a family. After the children grow up we continue to enjoy being together.
VendOf course, I could not pass up the chance to ask Rigel a little something about them as well. I LOVE her answers.
Why was this so important for you to do for your parents?
Good question! Hmm... I guess it was important because I believe 30 years is a milestone to celebrate. I've known all my life that my parents never had wedding photos. When I would ask to see what they did have it was always done with such sadness. Knowing my parents were celebrating 30 years of marriage I just thought what I wonderful milestone to celebrate and let's give my parents those wedding photos because I finally could pull this all together. At the end of the day my parents have always gone above and beyond to give me everything I've ever wanted. This was the least I could do for them to finally be able to give them something special.
What have you learned from them?
I've learned so much. Wow. Trust in one another, the respect given when you don't agree with the other person, that laughter is probably the best cure for when things aren't exactly going the right way, a sense of adventure to go out and do things together and most importantly foster one another's differences. Be there for races when one is competing, but be there for the other person when they have an art project that they need a hand with. It's those differences that bring conversation, thought, discussion and growth. Probably most importantly the biggest thing I've learned, learned that a marriage is not about the the material things. Rings, dress, the venues, houses, gifts giving to one another. Its about what each person brings to the relationship. Love for one another, laughter, trust in one another and most importantly respect. That's what I've learned from my parent's relationship.
Flowers: Funky Petals - Fort Saskatchewan
Make-Up: Kathryn McCaffrey Make-Up
Venue: Fort Saskatchewan - Fort Heritage Precint