patti + don {a ruby anniversary}

Do you know how many years of marriage is marked with a ruby anniversary?

Rubies sparkle with what looks to be an eternal inner flame, and symbolize a love that is very much alive.  Which explains why the 40th wedding anniversary is known as the “Ruby Anniversary.”  I think it is quite romantic that Don surprised Patti with a beautiful ruby necklace…

Patti and Don are about the cutest pair I’ve met in a long time; and I was beyond honored when their daughter Jen asked me to photograph this special celebration down in Coconut Grove.

These two met in a movie theater in the 10th grade!   Don noticed two things right away… Patti’s beautiful blue eyes and her bag of popcorn.  A little bird told me Don ate most of that popcorn, but he still managed to win Patti’s heart.

Patti and Don were so much fun to photograph.  I think they could go into business together as a modeling couple…

Loving all of these snazzy details…

Favorite alert.  I love Patti’s sweet lean into Don, the rustic textures, and the amazing Florida colors in this next photograph…

Real laughs, treasured times, and always having each other to lean on…

For the last location of the day, we ended up at the church where it all began forty years ago…

Patti and Don, I know I should be congratulating you two, but what I really want to do is thank you.  Thank you for being such beautiful examples of an enduring love.  You are an inspiration!  xoxo, Alice

Rose - These made my heart sing for the beauty and endurance of love. The one with the hat floating in mid air is stunning! And her necklace is so beautiful. Amazing people!

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