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Happily Ever After – Shareek and Krysta

July 17, 2018

We’ve read the books, we’ve seen the movies. Social media has drowned us in thoughts of what the perfect relationship, marriage and wedding should look like. What all of the above don’t tell you is that not everyone portraying perfected images in the limelight is actually genuinely in love with their lives.

That’s not the case for one beautiful human being, whose wedding I had the honour of attending this weekend. Allow me to share my thoughts from a little magical event that happened last night. I wrote this, in the moment:

As I sit at her wedding reception, awaiting the return of the bride and groom after the ceremony… suddenly a warmth of emotion sweeps over me.

I’m sitting at the wedding of the one and only Krysta, who has placed my name on a delicate marbled coaster, at my carefully chosen seat on a table designed from her very heart. This bride chose every single detail with such a genuine soul that I swear as if by magic, I can feel her kindness and love while sitting here taking in the gorgeous décor around. There’s something so distinctly different about everything here. I’ve been to weddings before, I’ve celebrated so many beautiful people and marriages, but this one has me a bit choked up. Somehow, this is THE big day for Shareek and Krysta, yet here I AM, feeling as though I’m the guest of honour. From the personalised invitations, (which even included a cookie… in case I got hungry while being invited lol)… all the way to this moment, it’s as though it was planned to ensure that I was comfortable and welcomed. AND… I’m sure all of her other guests felt the same! Crazy right?

That actually sums up what it’s like to know Krysta and a big part of why I feel so emotional. Krysta puts the needs of others before herself. She is thoughtful, she is kind. She’s humble and has damnnnn good taste in everything… because it all flows from her heart. So many people love pretty things (and that’s fine I suppose) but they love them just for the sake of appearances. Krysta’s love for beautiful things is almost always rooted to ensuring that the people around her are well pleased… – and that my friends – is beauty within.

It’s a trait I’m working on, in myself and people like Krysta remind me of the type of person I ought to be. (I should also mention, she and her fiancé were two of the most marvellously complementing individuals I’ve ever seen… and I do believe as the bride summed it up in her speech – they share a symbiotic relationship that allows them each to blossom and grow into incredible people both individually and as a couple).

I’ve decided that I wanted to share these quick shots from last night as a reminder to myself that beauty of this kind, on the the outside… only shines if it comes from a deep place within. This was a wedding that I’ll never forget, and a couple that I’ll always support. Thanking you again Krysta for always being a literal ray of rose-gold tinted sunshine in a world that can sometimes feel so overcast. I revelled in every moment of the romantic setting you two created, beneath the open skies and drizzles. If only every day could be like that. Wishing you, and your sweet Shareek happily ever after…

*spoiler alert* they really will live happily ever after and maybe even decide to adopt me as their first child. 

The way every groom ought to look at his bride…

His radiant view…

We all teared up by this point. Even the skies showed emotion, with joyful drizzles pouring over us.

The mist!!!!

Even the drinks were cute!

His vows. One word. Wow.

*fans self dramatically over these two*

Her vows. We were all feeling their romance. The entire guest list became their willing third-wheel at this point, as their love overtook the venue. I also listened so intently to what they were saying that I felt as though I became a part of the marriage too. (Yes, yes, I’m a sappy romantic – but to be fair, they brought it on).

Can we just take a moment to zoom in on some details though?

Also… the maid of honour… oh so chic!

Elegance with the gentle touches of rose gold!

Those aren’t tears in my eyes… they’re raindrops… *wipes eyes*

*cheers of joy erupting* (I was trying very hard not to smudge my eye-makeup here. I mean, after all, I was at the wedding of a make-up guru… no pressure… *nervous giggle*)

 

Forever, and for always.

All images © Aimee Melyssa 2018. If you decide to use any of these images, or excerpts from my blog, please be sure to include credits or tags. Thank you! – Aimee.

Featured, Love

A Mother’s Day Tribute

May 13, 2018

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a ‘mother’ as the source or origin of a thing. It also describes the term as a transitive verb meaning:

1. a: to give birth to
b: to give rise to; produce

2. to care for or protect like a mother

Why’d I consult a dictionary on this? I needed to understand the formally accepted definition of “a mother.” 

“But, why?”, you ask? You see… my mother has always been above and beyond all understanding of any definition of what a mother is, and ought to be.

Her LOVE, her PATIENCE, her COMPASSION, and her GRACE, go far beyond allllll that I could ever comprehend.

I ask myself:

How can one person give 110% of herself to everyone, and everything, EVERY-SINGLE-DAY without allowing the edges and thorns of others to detract from her intention to deliver her best?

How does one become so sacrificial that she is able to deny herself anything and everything to secure the happiness and approval of someone else? (I’m the someone else).

How does one person posses the love of an endless ocean, defend their child with the strength of an army, and allow them-self to be the wind beneath their child’s proverbial wings without asking for even an ounce of gratitude or anything else in return?

HOW can one love someone despite their flaws, despite their bad days, their inabilities, and all other humanistic defects????????

I don’t know. I truly do not have the answers to the questions of “How?“, above.

But I do know one thing. My mother is the “WHO”, to the above “HOW??” She is the only person I know, who can do all and be all that I’ve said. 

She is a defying act to everything that I have ever learned or experienced. I cannot fathom her heart; I know not where it begins nor ends, and I do not believe her grace knows any bounds.

If you know me at all, I am one who is strong on limits. I believe everything that bends, may break.

But, my dearest mom is without limits… and I am far undeserving of this treasure I somehow managed to acquire.

She is beyond any definition that exists, and greater than anything that anyone has ever seen. There is not a single person on this planet that I believe in more, and she is greater than I can ever hope to be. I still don’t know how she is mine, but I do know that she is incredible.

To the mom who’s name breathes who she is: I stand in awe. You are more than I could have prayed for, and better than any mom I could dream of ever having.

You are more than the definition claims a mother to be, I’d say you’re the definition 2.0

Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you always.

PS: Here are a couple reasons to validate everything else I’ve written, in pictorial form. Please note that I will not be liable for any embarassment caused. I also want to say that these are all scanned images… so this serves as proof that I do actually love you, else I’d have gone the digital route like all the other lame daughters out there..

BE SURE TO READ THE CAPTIONS!

It’s been us from the very start, taking on the world together. (Aruba? Venezuela? I can’t remember. Too many pigeons. PTSD)

You’ve made me laugh. (That’s your hand right there.)

You’ve been there when I cried. (Even when tears were probably over stupid things… like this right here… this is at Epcot…) *** Friends please note my impeccable style, and original Baby-G Digital Wristwatch. 😎

Through big first’s (like graduating pre-school… even though I probably only actually stayed in school 13% of the time and I cried every single day..) *** You’re not in this one, because you took it 🙂

First day of Primary school, and you still managed to look beautiful. (Note to Past-Aimee: WIPE THAT GRIN OFF YOUR FACE, SCHOOL WILL NEVER MAKE YOU THAT HAPPY!!!!! You’re going to hate it, even when you’re 26 😂)

You’ve been there supporting me… even when I was clearly embarrassing. (PLEASE NOTE MY IMAGINARY FRIEND seen most prominent here, in Hawaii…) *** I decided to fulfil my childhood imagination goals through Photoshop so that I look less strange to be so proud of my “friend” making the photo.

You’ve fed me. You let me wear the most unusual fashion combos, even when on vacation in LA.

You made sure that I’m well-rounded and experienced. (Australia, feeding kangaroos).

But most importantly, you’ve never left my side. I’ll always look up to you, even though now I’m more like your mom. YES THAT’S RIGHT YOUNG LADY. 53 does not mean you can do whatever you want. NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM! *** Friends, I apologize for my slightly wack appearance…. as prefaced earlier, my fashion choices were questionable as were my haircuts.

Oh, and to anyone else reading this – Happy Mother’s Day to you too. May your love for your mom, and those like a mom around you grow stronger and bolder. If you’ve lost a mom, I can’t imagine what that’s like… but after knowing the love of a mom, I know too that it never fades… so may you be wrapped in the love of a mom always.

 

Faith, Featured, Friendship, Inspiration, Love, Photography

Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After – Jodi + Regan

March 17, 2016

It’s not everyday that you come across couples whose relationships have stood the test of time. I’ve seen social media swarming with new relationships and young love, and while there’s an adorable quality to all of it – I have always felt a sense of awe over couples that’ve grown up together and stayed true for years upon years. That’s where my true ‘awwwww’ moments are born.

Couples like my grandparents, who have honoured ’till death do us part’ and share generations of lessons, love, struggles and everything else that comes with a relationship have a different kind of structural integrity that I can’t help but admire. I only have a few couples in my life, and by few I mean like three… who have marriages and relationship stories that inspire me… and boy do I try to learn from them. It’s a rarity in this world, but social media often tells us that everyone has those amazing perfect relationships.

What social media doesn’t tell you is that it’s much more about getting through the rough than enjoying the #datenights. It’s about fighting for what you want, maintaining a firm grip on your beliefs, and striking a balance that mutually encourages, supports and strengthens both people involved. I believe the same goes for friendship. You have to choose friends who are willing to go through the tough times WITH you, knowing that the journey will be long, but will be worth it if you’re both heading towards well aligned goals.

If you’ve found that in a friendship, or relationship, I suggest you count your blessings and work at it to keep it going. Hold on to it tight, because it’s the stuff that so many only dream of. If you haven’t, there’s a time and season for everything – so take the time to improve yourself until you do.

For Jodi & Regan, the sister and brother in law of my dear friend Kade – they seemed to have found the perfect recipe that works for them. They seem to have found it, and are holding on tight! Being the lover of weddings, engagements and all the mushy stuff that I am –  I thoroughly enjoyed tagging alongto grab a few shots of their journey towards the big day. It was clear to see how well they fit together, and super inspiring. Shout out to all the dreamers out there (myself included) – it’s possible!

Here are a few shots from their engagement shoot… Stayed tuned for shots of their destination wedding!IMG_0183rblog

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If you decide to use any of these images, please link them back to me please or feel free to tag me!  🙂

All images © 2016 Aimee Melyssa

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Love

Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed

August 10, 2015

 

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”   ― Kahlil Gibran

and… the depth of love I’ve felt from you has only grown deeper as time has passed.

I shudder to think that it has almost been two years since my grandma passed away. Two days before it happened, I remember sitting at her bedside. I thought to myself that she would be home in a few days, and life would go on. I never stopped think about the screeching hault that would soon come. I never knew that two years later I’d weep so heartily that my insides would feel bruised.

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Adventure, Friendship, Lifestyle, Love, Travel

Meant to be!

July 23, 2015

If you’ve known me well enough, at some point or the other you’d hear me give credit to my childhood best friend for tons of my most cherished memories through the years. My adventuring, sense of quirkiness and mischievous side today are surely a tribute to the days spent with her. Pretending and believing that we could telepathically communicate with neighbouring dogs through passionate barking (yes, we barked)… or riding our bikes, imagining that we were world explorers or olympic cyclists was how we spent our days. I often pretended to be the ‘crocodile hunter’ whenever we were in a pool, (complete with awful Australian accent and baggy ensemble) and Hannah was no stranger to being my back up and helping me wrestle my plastic and rubber croc to ‘safety’.

In fact, she’s always been my back up, helping me wrestle whatever insane dream I have to safety, never once enabling self doubt in me or offsetting my confidence in the
most incongruous of circumstances. No matter how insane or ridiculous my ideas made us look, she was always one to convince me that it was okay to be me. In fact, I’d say that through her, I’ve learned the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. The ones who love you, give you confidence, comfort, support and stay by your side when you’re least worthy are the key to staying afloat in a world eagerly trying to strip you of your individuality.  I could go on and on about the friendship we have, but I’ll save some details for another post.

For now, let me just conclude by saying that FINALLY, we’ve been able to see eachother after a few years apart, and the feeling of ‘meant to be’ couldn’t ring truer. I’m so thrilled that after more than 15 years, she still has my back.

 

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