I’ve known Jenny for more than half of my life. We went to the same church for several years and then after my brother died six years ago, we started corresponding… She had lost a brother too. Our Dads had also died within three weeks of each other, back when we were both just three years old. Needless to say, we have a lot in common.
Three years ago, at a mutual friend’s wedding, she caught the eye of a fine young man from New York.
George says, ”I immediately knew she was completely different from any other girl I had ever met… Not only was she the most uniquely beautiful redhead I had ever seen, but I could sense that there was so much depth to the person she was… Not to mention that we had that strong attraction and chemistry that I had only heard about in stories and often times I had made fun of, not believing it actually existed. But I knew right away I had it with this spunky redhead. :) I was completely smitten.”
Jenny says, “I was completely intrigued. Those serious big green eyes had me wondering, and wanting to find out what went on in that mind of his… They spoke volumes to me. He was so good at everything he did… Intimidating and yet so impressive. Not to mention we seemed to connect on every level when we talked. Conversation was easy and depth came naturally. I could tell he lived life with passion and pursued everything he did with his whole heart and mind. He had this way of making me completely lose myself when he came around. I started hopelessly falling…”
They waited patiently for three years before the time came last summer when they could finally start dating.
It hardly seemed believable when their wedding day arrived in the beginning of May. For so long, dating seemed impossible; much less getting married! Now here they were rehearsing lines to their vows and getting ready to promise their love to each other forever.
Dreams do come true.
I was a part time bridesmaid and full time photographer. Honestly, it couldn’t have gone smoother than what it did. Jenny is a photographer, so I felt hugely honored to photograph her day.
“Mr. George Rutler
…all those times thinking this day would never come.
You’ve defined true love to me. Never giving up, even at the impossible.
being my best friend and a strong leader at the same time…
Loving me in a way I have never felt loved.
I am SO excited to spend the REST of my life with you.
Love, I promise to honor and respect you and to always value your opinion above my own.
To give you the best of myself and not take you for granted
To stand by you in the good times and the bad,
when we’re laughing or crying, whether with friends and family,
or when it’s just you and me.
I promise to keep myself open to you, to share my happiness with you,
and to trust you with my pain.
I promise to never leave you.
You’re home will be my home.
Your children will be my children.
Your God will be my God.
I vow to be your wife.
Your partner and best friend.
and your lover.
To live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.
I love you darling.”
“My love, Jennifer Yoder…
I choose you for life. I want you to know that I love, cherish, and adore you more than words can express. I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion, and my tenderest care. Through the pressures of the present and the uncertainty of the future. I promise to be faithful to you. I promise to love you, to commit to you, and to support you. I promise to respect your unique talents and abilities. And to help you pursue your hopes and dreams. Babe, you have shown me what love feels like and You are everything I need. And everything I have ever dreamed of and more. At this moment I know all my prayers have been answered and all my dreams have come true. I praise God for you. For all of your love and friendship that I am so unworthy of. I promise to be here for you forever and always. I promise to always be there by your side when times are bad and to love you unconditionally no matter what. From this day forward babe, I will always be with you. To care for you, and to love you unconditionally. My arms will always be a shelter and home for you. Jen, I’ve been falling in love with you for three years now, and I can’t believe this is happening but I can finally call you mine…
Jennifer Yoder, You are my girl… And I’m smitten to the very core. I love you sweetheart.”
& the rest of their story is still unfolding…