Getting right out and saying it, this wedding anniversary session is touching and a tear-jerker to say the least. We’re so thankful to have had Marsais share such a beautiful shoot representing real, deep love and Joy and Ben’s story is one for the ages. With the help of Jade Magnolia‘s boho chic design and Clementine‘s lovely blooms, this astounding couple certainly deserved a terrific way to mark their wedding anniversary and this shoot was it. Read their incredible story below and be sure to have a tissue handy to wipe those tears!
From the photographer, Marsais: It’s a special occasion working in the wedding industry when a couple immediately touches your heart, at such a young age, and inspires you all the same. That is the start of the story of Ben + Joy, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary. This is no ordinary love story, but one of courage and determination and a love that runs deep and wide.
At age 16 Ben was diagnosed with an extremely rare bone cancer. The battle would begin, taking his right leg to repair his spine and and giving him a 10% chance of survival. At age 18, he was diagnosed again, with odds that you can imagine, completely did not serve in his favor. He met Joy during this time and their friendship began and ultimately, united them. It has been a long, arduous journey for any young man to endure but 7 years in remission, he finally got to marry the love of his life. Unsure if this day would ever arrive, it was a celebration their friends and family will never forget.
Marking their wedding anniversary is extremely important for them. It represents the fight they have for each other, the will to overcome such heartbreak and the power that love and faith represent in their life. We couldn’t think of a better place to represent such growth and life in their session than having this anniversary shoot take place at the incredible Greenhouse in Driftwood. A very place which uniquely represents such incredible and rare treasures. A location filled with light and love. We wish Ben + Joy nothing but extreme happiness in their long life together! We are celebrating with you guys!