"To love is not to possess, to own or imprison, nor to lose one's self in another.
"Love is to join and separate, to walk alone and together, to find a laughing freedom that lonely isolation does not permit.
"It is finally to be able to be who we really are, no longer clinging in childish dependency nor docilely living separate lives in silence, it is to be perfectly one's self and perfectly joined in permanent commitment to another-- and to one's inner self.
"Love only endures when it moves like waves, receding and returning gently or passionately, or moving lovingly like the tide in the moon's own predictable harmony, because finally, despite a child's scars or an adult's deepest wounds, they are openly free to be who they really are--and always secretly were, in the very core of their being, where true and lasting love can alone abide."
Y'all, coordinating Tim and Lindsey's wedding was a dream. May 18 and 19, 2017 were the hottest days of the spring, but these folks and their family and friends had the biggest smiles on their faces the entire time. They were so incredibly sweet, their love and respect for each other evident with every glance they exchanged.
The Lopez's were married at the James Grace House in Plaquemine, and the second I pulled up to the property my jaw dropped. Dr. Grace and his wife own the property, and in the 1970's actually moved the entire home across Iberville Parish cane fields to where it currently stands. Mrs. Grace was-- and still is -- a botanist, and her love for plants and floral can be seen in the garden where Tim and Lindsey had their Private Prayer Moment, as well as the most darling greenhouse near the Bridal Cottage. The house is fully restored to it's Antebellum roots, with antiques from the period mixed through pictures of the Grace family and modern amenities (God bless air conditioning!).
Tim and Lindsey full embraced simplicity and adding personal touches for their wedding, from eucalyptus bouquets and crowns for the bridal party to Tim's father, their pastor, presiding over their ceremony, their favorite home-style food being served at the buffet, and the Matron of Honor's hand lettering used throughout in the signage. This wedding was full of laughter, smiles, and friends and family coming together to celebrate the beginnng of Tim and Lindsey's life together.