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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Joy: (n) a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated

Sometimes a new beginning really starts with things that are already passed. Things like childhood memories, and old friends. Things like laughter, and joy and tears. Sometimes something secure starts with something weak and shaky, tenuous and fragile. Time builds experience, and strength can come from adversity.

Aly & Chris know of many of these things- of childhood and joy, and laughter-- and then tears of grief over losing a brother. They've been through many things through the years they've been together. They have leaned on each other in good times, and held closely through times of sorrow. Throughout their wedding day, all of those milestones were remembered. It brought back so many memories for everyone. There's a bond with Aly & Chris for many reasons; one of which is the time of learning and growth through loss. It's hard to believe that almost 11 years ago Paul and I were starting on a similar beginning, tears mixed in with joy.

Aly & Chris, I am so glad Paul and I got to share your day. Thanks for giving us the opportunity. Our hope for you is more times of refreshing than times of sorrow, more times of joy than times of tears, and many days filled with thankfulness and blessing.

Enjoy the slideshow:

"Marriage--yes, it is the supreme felicity of life."

-Mark Twain

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  1. Wow! Betsy! They are beautiful! Loved the slide show!

  2. Chris and Alison SkinnerAugust 28, 2009

    Hello from Turks and Caicos!
    We have been checking your site daily and we were so excited to see the slideshow this morning! Thank you so much for all your time and hardwork. We loved what you wrote,too, and we have always felt a special connection with you and Paul. We truly appreciate everything you have done for us, and of course, your friendship!!!
    p.s. Chris is sad that we have no more sessions scheduled :)

  3. BEAUTIFUL pictures!!! I love the one of Aly standing by the pond, the light in that one is Amazing she is glowing :) Also Chris and Aly you will have to let me know how Turks and Caicos was I am very jealous that you got to go there I am hoping to for an anniversary sometime. I hope you are having a wonderful time.

  4. Mom and Dad skinner say: Wow! We think you did a beautiful job Betsy. Thank you for including Warren. We know he was there in spirit.

  5. You captured the day and the emotions beautifully!

  6. Wow Betsy! You really outdid yourself with these pictures!!! They brought tears to my eyes!

  7. These are GORGEOUS photos Betsy...love the photos with the cornfields as a backdrop...has to be Ellington or Tolland!