Jenn’s Letter From the Soul to Jeff

by Jenn

Celtic Handfasting – Tying the Knott

My Dearest Jeff~

From the moment I first met you, I knew you were special.  As cheeseball as the sounds, it is true.  It wasn’t love at first sight but it was something.  You charmed me.  You listened to me, you made me feel comfortable, and you created a sort of fantasy in my mind of what life could be like with you in it.

I will never forget our first outing together.  It wasn’t a date, but it was magical.  It was the first of the many travels we have had and will continue to have and my mother may have thought I was crazy, but you’ll be glad to know she doesn’t think that now.  We didn’t go far but that fantasy you created started to come to life when you took me to Joshua Tree.  I felt like I was in a whole new world.  And actually it was like the land of Aladdin and Jasmin – away from city lights with a view of more stars than I had ever seen before.

And that is what your love has done for me on a continuous basis – it takes me away: from work, from stress, from anxiety – to places of peace, excitement, fun and adventure.  I know I can go anywhere with you, but even being at home and lying in your arms is a place of serenity for me.

I hope we continue to travel the world but always come back to the home we have made together: a happy and loving place where we can grow old.  Though our address may change, my home will always be where you and I sit on the couch to talk about each day’s events, cook dinner for friends and family, and raise a family of our own one day.

I love you Jeff, more than I can ever explain, and I promise to continue to love you and add some fun to your life.  I will do whatever I can to help us “live long and prosper” as Spock would say, because I love you for the nerd that you are.  You may make me cry but you make me laugh so much more.

You are the sweetest man I’ve ever known and no one loves me like you do.  I will return that love as best I can and make you proud.  I promise to support you in everything you wish to do in life: succeed at work, buy a house, and travel because I know you will continue to support me as well.  I need you, forever, and I know this is the start of our forever together.

I promise to love you forever, no matter what happens.  And I promise to remember your love for me as well.  I do promise we will fight, but also that we will get through it.  And most of all I promise to keep living our lives together focusing on what makes us the most happy: setting and reaching our goals, traveling the world, and holding each other close on cold nights.

I cannot wait to start our lives together as husband and wife.  My heart and soul belong to you, Jeffrey Anton, for forever.

A Letter from Jeff’s Soul to Jennifer

by Jeff McNeil

To my love,

3 years, 10 months, 30 days and this morning, that is how long I have known that we were going to be together.  From the clear star lit night in Joshua Tree, I have known you were the girl for me.  I remember that night like it was yesterday, the faint glow over the horizon of Palm Springs and the bone chilling cold of the desert darkness.  I will always treasure that first night together in the back of the Jeep talking and taking photos until the early morning hours.

You and I started our path together as friends with a common passion for photography and it has blossomed into love of photography with a passion for each other.  I adore our photo books you make every year of the places we go and events we see.  It helps to show me how much my life has changed since you came into it.  I am happier than I ever have been, more fulfilled in life and love and most of all more confident in the future now that you are by my side.

I would not change any part of how we got to this moment here in Dana Point.  For I know that everything I was, everything I am and everything that I will be was meant to happen so that I could be with you for forever. I know not what is in store for us in the future but knowing you are with me means that everything will turn out picture perfect.

Over the past years I have seen the image of me in your family come more into focus.  I want to give back some of the love and support your family has extended me over the years.  I want to be part of the fun Uncle Jeff & Aunt Jenn summer vacations that George will take when he is old enough.  I am ready to be part of your family if you will accept me.

From Hawaii to New Orleans, Mexico to Seattle I know that wherever your soul goes, mine yearns follow.  I need you Jennifer McNeil.  I need you like the desert needs the rain.  I need you for all the starry nights we will have in the future.  I will follow you anywhere, and I will be sure to not forget the camera.

I pledge this to you my love, my wife, Jennifer McNeil with all my heart and soul

Jeff