When I first encountered this quote, I couldn't decide whether to categorize it as creepy or romantic.
But the more I looked at it, the more it stuck. What could serve as a better example of steadfastness than the ocean?
I wish I could channel some of the consistency of the tide into my own marriage- to overlook minor grievances, to take out the trash when I've had a long day of work, or to say I'm sorry without any strings attached.
Seven years ago, I could never have predicted what my relationship with Matt would look like today. Sometimes when I'm very frustrated, I pull out our wedding album so that I can re-live the feeling of being young in love, and remember what a gift it is to be joined with one person forever- a person who knows you as thoroughly as one can be known.
I love that I get to experience the high tides of excitement and optimism that define the wedding planning process.
I also love knowing that as the couple's relationship ebbs and flows, this moment will be forever lodged as a good one that they can look back on.
And I love that flowers are able to transport them back to that time. See the rosemary on the place setting above? My guess is that whenever Neha & Scott smell rosemary, they remember the way their fingers felt a little sticky after moving the rosemary from their napkin, the way they looked at each other as husband and wife, and the way their hearts overflowed.
Neha texted me the day after their wedding and said, "I am SO glad I chose you as my florist- everything was just as I imagined, but better." My hope is that every Steelcut couple has this experience.
Wishing you all the strength of the ocean.