She untied the twine string, pulled away the dried eucalyptus leaves, and held her engagement album in her hands for the first time. Opening the first page she found her favorite portrait with her fiancé, of the two of them leaning together against the fence at the apple orchard where they went on their very first dates. Flipping through the thick photographic pages she was reminded of the experience at County Line Orchard - walking through the apple trees during the sunset, laughing at the goofy faces he made at her between the leaves. She remembered how nervous she was to get to the beach and run along the water with her soon-to-be-husband before all the light was gone.
I have almost no words to describe the experience of making this engagement album for my older sister and her sweet love to gift them at her bridal shower this past weekend. :) I've been sitting on these photographs for the last few weeks, waiting to show them online so that Elaine and Brandon would be the first to see them in person surrounded by their loved ones. I got to sit and watch them open the album, flip through the pages, and see my sister's face when she first looked back up at me with a blushed face. I got to see her pass along the album around the circle to our grandma, her new mother in law, and all of her friends and bridesmaids.
Photographs have an incredible way of translating an experience that we hope we don't forget, and remind us of what we hold dear to our hearts with our loved ones. I'm so happy that this gift came together exactly as I'd hoped - and that my sister wants to use it as a coffee table book in her first place with sweetheart. ;)