Agape Love

I met Nellie’s grandparents at her wedding a few weeks ago (blog post coming soon) and was immediately smitten with them. I actually didn’t know who they were when I took this photo, I just thought that they looked super cute together and I loved her pearls.

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When I asked them how long they had been married and they replied with 60 years; I said, well, then you can give me a big kiss for the camera!Heinz Chapel Wedding Photographer
Here they are dancing during the generations dance. Essentially, the entertainment director asks all of the married couples to join the newlyweds on the dance floor and then dismisses them based on the number of years they have been married. The last couple standing, has (obviously) been married the longest.
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And this was their reaction when they found out they had won! Priceless!! THIS is why I am a wedding photographer.The Duquense Club Wedding Photographer
There are many stories that unfold during the wedding day, but this particular story really resonated with me. Maybe because I’m a hopeless romantic. Maybe because I just lost my Grandma. I’m not sure, but what an amazing example of agape love. I use this term because ,clearly, if you have been married for SIXTY years, you are able to love others sacrificially.

Please forgive this brief history lesson, but the following is an exert from this website.

The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is self-sacrifice. Unlike our English word “love,” agape is not used in the Bible to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Nor does agape mean charity, a term which the King James translators carried over from the Latin. Agape love is unique and is distinguished by its nature and character.

  • Nellie

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa from Kiss and Makeup

    Awww. I love them! What a great example to everyone. Very sweet and truly inspiring.

  • Thank you for sharing this. I think that more people should hear things like this. In our day & age marriage can be taken so lightly with people thinking that they will just “give it a try” and if it doesn’t work out…oh well. I agree that agape love can be used in this sense & this actually reminded me of when Adam & I got married. The pastor that married us knew my grandparents very well and at the time they had been married for 50 years & he made sure to mention it during our ceremony. When my grandpa died in January they had been married for 61 1/2 years. So though I don’t think I’m a romantic (sometimes I wish I were) I appreciate a love & commitment through life’s ups & downs like you are talking about. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been missing my grandpa lately & its just one more wonderful thing that he blessed our family with before he left this Earth: a great example of love for his wife, his family, & his faith in God. What an adorable couple Nellie’s grandparents are & a very special eye you have to notice something most might not!

  • Missy

    Look for them at Bill and Hayley’s wedding in a few days!

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