Keira + Jared

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“THERE IS NOTHING LIKE KNOWING YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR PERSON.”

THE PROPOSAL
It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in February. We drove across the countryside to Keira’s family farm, and up to a hill with a single solitary tree at the top. This was where Keira always dreamed of getting married when she was a little girl. From this hill we could see nothing but farmland in every direction. The sun was setting. We held hands and stood underneath that tree. There were some words, there were lots of tears, one dusty knee and an engagement ring. We laughed, jumped, cried and shouted. It was the happiest day of our lives. We called our parents and we began the long journey home. We also luckily captured the whole thing on a GoPro. There is nothing like knowing you have found your person.

AS A COUPLE …
We really enjoy dating each other. Jared always comes up with somewhere new to take me, but has learnt to tell me a couple of days in advance so that I have something exciting to look forward to. Figuring out these little quirks about the other person goes a long way. We are really great at encouraging one another, and actually have a lot of the same strengths and goals. It has made married life so natural and seamless. We are actually inseparable now.

KEIRA’S VOWS
507 days ago, God finally decided it was our time. His planning was so perfect, that it only took 51 of those 507 days for us to fall madly and completely in love with each other. I am so thankful that on this day I get to marry my biggest supporter, my best friend and my love. You have demonstrated a love to me that I never knew was possible and that I never thought I was worthy of. Thank you for saving every part of yourself for me, even when you didn’t know who I was, or when I would turn up. Thank you for your loving and understanding heart that has always seen me exactly how God sees me. You have reminded me every day of my value to him and to you. I am so excited to start our life together, to build a marriage that we can be proud of, to go on adventures, to laugh with you as we stumble our way through early childhood parenting and to rejoice with you as we watch them grow into joyful and courageous, strong-minded terrors. I have cherished every moment we’ve spent together in the last 507 days. But there is nothing more exciting than forever because today, I find my life perfectly put together with yours. Together, with God, we will have so many new adventures, discover a whole new love, and accomplish so much more.

I promise to encourage you in your dreams, be up for any adventure and make even the everyday moments fun and exciting with you.
I promise to be your toughest adversary, and your biggest supporter. To honour you, protect you, be your ally in conflict, and your accomplice in mischief.
I promise to always strive for patience with you, to speak up when needed and to be a silent comforter when not.
I promise to be honest with you and always have a forgiving heart toward you.
I promise to be your partner in parenthood, to make our family a priority, and to always make every decision together.
I promise to pray with you and for you, and to always keep God at the centre of our lives.
I promise to always give you the benefit of the doubt, and even in the moments I don’t like you, I will love you to no end.
With all my heart I believe in you and the person you will grow to be, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths as you do mine. I can’t wait to walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring.

JARED’S VOWS
Keira, for most of my adult life I have patiently searched for the person I could share the greatest adventures with, build a family with, for my true best friend. And many, many times I had given up hope that you even existed. Despite the peculiar circumstances, you dropped into my world, I chased you and I am so thankful you agreed to go on that first date with me. By our third date I knew you were my missing piece, and I could never let you go. Throughout our whole journey since, God’s timing and favour has been so apparent. This season we have enjoyed together has been filled with countless bursts of laughter, many adventures, romance, as well as some challenges and tears. Yet every mountain conquered and valley we have walked through has been so much easier with you by my side. Your words of encouragement and endless affection towards me has changed my life completely. Knowing you have my back no matter what is the greatest comfort imaginable. My only response is to return all of that love tenfold.

I promise to encourage you in your dreams, be up for any adventure, and to make even the everyday moments fun and exciting with you.
I promise to be your toughest adversary, and your biggest supporter. To honour you, protect you, be your ally in conflict, and your accomplice in mischief.
I promise to always strive for patience with you, to speak up when needed, and to be a silent conformer when not.
I promise to be honest with you, and to always have a forgiving heart toward you.
I promise to be your partner in parenthood, to make our family a priority, and to always make every decision together.
I promise to pray with you and for you, and to always keep God at the centre of our lives.
I promise to always give you the benefit of the doubt, and even in the moments that I don’t like you, I will love you to no end.
With all my heart I believe in you and the person you will grow to be, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine. I can’t wait to walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring.

DEAR KEIRA
I loved everything about our wedding day. We took countless risks and they actually paid off. Despite the unbearable chill we felt while exchanging our vows, and the inescapable cold we felt while standing knee-deep in the snow, I cannot help but feel that the whole experience has been vividly etched into our memories. It was unforgettable. I am so thankful that I found you, a partner and best friend that would join me on these (maybe a little harebrained) adventures.
My hope for us is that we continue to take risks, we continue to look for the road less travelled, and we continue to challenge and support each other. We make such a good team. Even as I write this I cannot hold back a giant grin from forming. I remember a line I wrote in the letter to you on our wedding day; “Even holding hands to this day still makes us giddy—I did not think a love like ours was possible.”
I think a mountain is the perfect picture of our marriage. A mountain (marriage) will genuinely test both individuals. You cannot get to the peak without preparation, planning, teamwork and most of all sacrifice. But the challenges and the setbacks build trust and character. And the view from the top is well, remarkable—we’ve been there.

DEAR JARED
Thank you. Thank you for every moment you have ever created for us. I waited my whole life to meet you and I now live in a world where everything you do is for our future, our hopes and our dreams. I couldn’t wait for the day I would marry you, and now I can’t wait for everything else that follows.
My hope is that we find a new love for each other every day. I want to forever be learning more about you, and have you always share your teachings with me. I know we have a love that others have never been shown; my prayer is that our love encourages others to love. I wish for our hearts to remain generous, and our spirits to constantly be growing in wisdom.
My dream is that we seek adventure and always find excitement in the mundane. I want us to remain excited by our endless possibilities as man and wife, because together, we can do so much more. I can’t wait for the moment our loving partnership turns into a little family of our own. There is no doubt that even through our inevitable stumbling, watching you be an incredible father will make me love you even more. You have always encouraged me to dream big and now I know we will have endless adventures though this lifetime together. The joy you bring me everyday in our marriage is far more than I could have asked or imagined. Now we have only everything to look forward to.

Keira & Jared / New Zealand from La Lune Cinema on Vimeo.

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