To My Valentine,
It took 24 years for me to meet you, and 2 more years after that to realize I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. Now, 1 day before my 30th birthday, my heart overflows. Without you by my side, turning 3 decades old would seem a lot scarier. But all you ever do is make me feel better about the person I am. I am in awe of your ability to always offer unwavering support, seemingly effortlessly. Though I know I could never match it, you inspire me to try every day. In just under 8 months, we will become man and wife, and every February, I get to call you my Valentine. Always.
"You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate... It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves... You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and... What I'm trying to say, Tristan is... I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I'd know it for myself. My heart... It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange - no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine." - Stardust, Neil Gaiman
*image part of our e-session by Luna Dulce Photography