If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’—
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.
Elizbeth Barret Browing
Over the summer, I met up with Sarah and Matthew who are set to be wed later this year, and I have waiting for months(!) to share some of my favourite images with you all. I have known Sarah for a number of years now. Sarah is a very special girl and I hold her very dear. It was so wonderful to meet Matthew and spend some time with them. I love, love photographing engaged couples. The betrothal period is really often so brief and it is such a warm, enamoured time to hold on to. Sarah and Matthew, I wish you so many blessings on your journey together through this life. Love to you.