This is a picture I took last weekend while shooting a wedding for a friend. I love the simple image of a heart and the saying love hopes is so true. This particular friend has lost so much in the past several years and yet on this day her heart was full of hope. You could see it in her face, in her eyes when she looked up at the man she was marrying. So many losses and yet the hope of a future filled with love was there staring grief in the face. I don't know if it is appropriate for the photographer to have tears stream down their face during a wedding, but I couldn't help it. It was a spiritual experience for me. I'm sure the wedding didn't look exactly like the bride had envisioned it. There were people very dear to her that were not physically there, not by their choice, but by fate. And yet there was still joy, bittersweet tears, and hope. Hope for happiness and healing. Congratulations sweet friend.