Married: Melissa & Billy Greig

GreigLove0099

Do you remember the last time you noticed something, something outside of yourself, that belongs so much so to the place that it is, that you physically feel… amazement. Like, you feel the boundaries of your own skin, and the beginnings of magic that extend- that unabashedly rush- beyond your own being? Sometimes, oftentimes, these simple treasures are overlooked. And I don’t know why we allow ourselves to grow accustomed to their existence, especially with how much pleasure they do bring us when paid attention to; but at other times, something beyond our own understanding allows our routine to be caught off guard. The moment stops us where we are, and heightens all sensitivity. It’s refreshing. It’s life, made known. And we notice something, we hadn’t maybe seen, for a long long while. I feel this in nature, in very quiet places; the sun flirting through an evergreen, fresh snow stretched around the edges of a rooftop, the way a big city seems to turn on all its lights at once, an elderly couple inappropriately flirting down the aisle at the market. When’s the last time that life, unexpectedly, made your mind quit so your heart could catch up?

One of the last times I felt this was a few weeks ago on a ranch in Camarillo, under some fantastically large trees, minutes after a wedding ceremony. Simply put, it was when Melissa buried her head into Billy’s chest. She was the feeling of peace. I know little about the history of what that moment meant to her, but I did know it was well with her soul, and whatever moment that was… fit just right, right where it was. Very tall Billy tipped his chin forward, and rested it on top of her head, and he kissed her delicately, and then she looked up, and they shared a gaze that agreed on many things. It wasn’t for a photo, it was real. It was soft yet groundbreaking; it was the creation of something new between them, built on a feeling felt by many, but unique to them alone.

And it reminded me that I know so little about the intricacies of love at large. Sure, adoration is sprawling about the Earth, but the personal stirrings it has written, the measures of joy it has born, is something that is all its own, from couple to couple. Melissa and Billy share a history that none of us could ever know first hand, and to be honest, that’s the most romantic thing I could ever imagine. Ever. The ideas that they have something all their own. A common thread sewn among humanity somehow looks completely unique from couple to couple. And I realized, what made what is otherwise common so moment-stopping, is that in the moment I witnessed, they allowed what was their story to be all theirs. They owned it, claimed what is theirs.

After trying to make sense of what it was that was so extraordinary about this witnessing is…. the importance of taking ownership of what is yours. Gladly receiving yours. Not looking behind, not anticipating more, but feeling what God has placed in your palm, or God has rested on your heart, metaphorically or even physically, in this very day. Receiving the uniqueness of your portion. And gratefully calling it enough. And not just calling it enough, but experiencing it as enough, because it is your own.

I believe life begins to look the same, begins to hum the same tune, because we’re all trying after this common ideal. We’re all pressing forward so much so, striving after the same damn thing, that we’ve  forgotten to hold who we were given to hold. We all look the same because we’re all acting the same. And the people who look different, the blessed-moment-stoppers, are the ones who have chosen to embrace what is unique to them.

Melissa and Billy do this in the most humble, most attractive way. I don’t know if they’re even aware of it, because their display is far from flashy, yet somehow has the magnetism of a million exploding stars. And I’m thankful, really-really-eternally-thankful, for love like theirs who does this well. They are living what is all theirs, caught up by the miracles of their own story, glad and present, and gosh… it’s really-really good to see. Because every time I see it, it forces me to reorient around what already is, this unordinary and personal and– would you believe it– incomparable life of mine.

Oh, the freedom to live a love like that.

GreigLove0019

GreigLove0020

GreigLove0006

GreigLove0031

GreigLove0017

GreigLove0009

GreigLove0010

GreigLove0012

GreigLove0004

GreigLove0015

GreigLove0013

GreigLove0018

GreigLove0022

GreigLove0024

GreigLove0021

GreigLove0032

GreigLove0016

GreigLove0008

GreigLove0005

GreigLove0003

GreigLove0040

GreigLove0033

HaganWedding_0233GreigLove0054

GreigLove0028

GreigLove0025

GreigLove0027

GreigLove0026

GreigLove0029

GreigLove0046

GreigLove0043

GreigLove0053

GreigLove0036

GreigLove0048

GreigLove0039

GreigLove0047

HaganWedding_0234

GreigLove0042

HaganWedding_0226

GreigLove0071

GreigLove0072

GreigLove0066

GreigLove0059

GreigLove0064

GreigLove0063

GreigLove0069

GreigLove0060

HaganWedding_0224

GreigLove0062

HaganWedding_0222

GreigLove0067

GreigLove0073

GreigLove0070

GreigLove0061

GreigLove0074

GreigLove0002

HaganWedding_0194

GreigLove0076

GreigLove0077

GreigLove0078

GreigLove0084

GreigLove0080

GreigLove0079

HaganWedding_0200

GreigLove0082

HaganWedding_0199

HaganWedding_0201

GreigLove0083

GreigLove0086

GreigLove0088

GreigLove0087

GreigLove0089

GreigLove0093

GreigLove0091

GreigLove0090

HaganWedding_0207

GreigLove0092

HaganWedding_0193

GreigLove0117

GreigLove0101

GreigLove0096

GreigLove0115

HaganWedding_0208

GreigLove0103

GreigLove0113

GreigLove0108

HaganWedding_0216

HaganWedding_0220

GreigLove0111

GreigLove0122

GreigLove0120

GreigLove0106

GreigLove0098

GreigLove0121

GreigLove0102

GreigLove0116

GreigLove0123

GreigLove0126

GreigLove0127

GreigLove0128

GreigLove0099

GreigLove0097

GreigLove0095

HaganWedding_0211

HaganWedding_0212

GreigLove0125

GreigLove0118

HaganWedding_0209

GreigLove0149

GreigLove0130

GreigLove0131

GreigLove0132

GreigLove0133

GreigLove0138

GreigLove0139

GreigLove0140

GreigLove0141

GreigLove0142

GreigLove0144

GreigLove0145

GreigLove0146

GreigLove0147

GreigLove0148

GreigLove0151

GreigLove0152

GreigLove0134

GreigLove0153

GreigLove0154

GreigLove0155

GreigLove0156

GreigLove0157

GreigLove0159

GreigLove0160

GreigLove0161

GreigLove0162

GreigLove0163

GreigLove0158

GreigLove0150

GreigLove0164

GreigLove0165
GreigLove0169

GreigLove0170

GreigLove0172

GreigLove0173

GreigLove0174

GreigLove0176

GreigLove0177GreigLove0175

GreigLove0179

GreigLove0180

GreigLove0181

GreigLove0182

GreigLove0183

GreigLove0184

GreigLove0186

GreigLove0187

GreigLove0166

GreigLove0167

RAVES & THANKS:

Venue: McCormick Ranch, Camarillo

Second shooter: Leo Cabal

Florist: Ruffle Effect

 

 

 

 

 
Back to top