Waterfall Engagement Session in the Smoky Mountains | Adventure Wedding Photographer
As I become more self-aware and bound to my beliefs, the Universe brings along little signs that let me know I'm on the right path. Sometimes those synchronicities show up in the form of songs, numbers, and in this context, people.
In hindsight, I know these ‘coincidentally’ happenings have always been present for me to see, but to my own foolishness I never noticed. Ok, more like guilty of ignoring them. There were so many signs saying “Wrong way... Nope not this direction either.” But due to ignorance, I suffered through detrimental relationships for far too long. The choices of who I let consume my life always led to pain. I kept experiencing the same relationship with different people because I was blind to my own worthiness. I only allowed myself to be the person I thought others wanted me to be in order to feel accepted. The validation I sought after caused self-destruction. The only value I seen within was that determined by others. It was a painful lesson that I should have learned long before I did. But through my healing, I’ve forgiven myself of the madness.
With forgiveness came self — Honor. Love. Respect. Care. Loyalty. Grace. Happiness. Satisfaction. The list goes on. I discovered that I am the only one to determine my value. I became aware that all the things I searched for in other people were already within myself. I just needed to welcome the light. This opened a world of consciousness.
Lyrics written by Ben Howard say “I will become what I deserve” and I hold that as truth in my life. I think back on my timeline and can clearly see how, at any given time, the experiences I receive were equivalent to the qualities I gave power to. Moving forward, I lovingly welcome those who are placed in my life path to expand my awakened soul rather than defeat it. The deeper I commit to this intentional lifestyle, the more synchronicities are popping up and screaming “Keep going!” I love the beautiful confirmations from the Universe, and I promise I’m noticing each one.
CREATING A DOUBLE EXPOSURE
I find the rising trend of double exposures really cool, but I’ve never been able to quite get it in my attempts until this one. This creative piece was meant for layering as it holds so much meaning within. If you know me or ever read any of my Diary of Magnolia blogs, you know I love depth. I just had patiently wait for the right images to come along. The expression of this double exposure creates an idea of alignment, that soulmates or life partners are within each other, and a balance of laughter and seriousness - a yin and yang vibe.
Cheers to soulmates and a 33° waterfall!
As we hiked back out down the mountain, we took a break for hammock cuddles. Michelle told me the story of one of the first dates with John and their epic hammock fail as we laughed and embraced the moment. The quiet views of the Smoky Mountains couldn’t have suited us better as we relaxed, warmed up a bit, and dried off from the freezing waters. I mean look at her goosebumps in the shot above! I’m so thankful I have the best couples that let me put them in crazy cold waterfalls.