With all the words at my command I am still unable to adequately and eloquently express the beauty and awe of love. Love heals, warms, fulfills, inspires, envelopes, and fills hearts, souls, hours, minutes…………….”all you need is love”.
So instead of my filling this page with words and words about love and the deliciousness of giving and receiving love notes, on your wedding day, on special days, every day……………..I will let the romantics in my life fill this post with love notes they have given or received………….old love, new love, forever………………………………………love.
first, a famous love note…………………….
Good morning, on July 7
“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us – I can live only wholly with you or not at all – Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits – Yes, unhappily it must be so – You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never – Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life – Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men – At my age I need a steady, quiet life – can that be so in our connection? My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day – therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once – Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
ever ours “
Ludwig Van Beethoven
pink post-its of love……………
and from david-( i heart you:)
“ I don’t have a favorite love letter or anything like that, but my favorite thing ever written about love comes from the late, great Bob Marley…”
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” ― Bob Marley
this ”love note” george sent to me for my post and it made me laugh out loud:
dyan handeland sent this amazingly beautiful sonnet to me. her husband robert wrote it for her on the occasion of their wedding……………….i think this gives us an idea of why their photography is so romantic and beautiful…………………..their hearts……………………thank you my lovelies for sharing your hearts with all of us by shooting weddings from that wildly beating place. xxo
This day presents a moment, few in time
Brought by us or nature’s intervention
Where we shall thereby thus ourselves define
By action took, by living our intention.
Today we find our destiny fulfilled
Make manifest our deepest ideals yearning
What God has blessed and we by choice have willed
What we have for our lives entire been learning.
So now we start our life as one together
The next step one of many we shall take
Thy hand in mine and mine in thine forever
The lifetime of our dreams we go to make.
The purpose in our lives shall always be
For thou wert made for me, and I for thee.
By Robert A. W. Tesoro written for me when we were married
I would not trade this time with you for gold or silver, nor immortality, nor fame I’d sooner die a poor unknown than lose these feeling—the caring, the sharing, the knockout intensity of your love. These have made my life rich beyond the treasures of Solomon, the dreams of Midas , for I have in your love something gold or silver has never bought, and never will; The places your eyes can take me with a glance, no plane or train or trail will ever reach; The look of love in those eyes when you touch me, no priest, shaman or guru could ever teach I want to sing a song of living, loving, laughing I want to sing the songs of earth and sea and sky I want to show the world what it means to me to be And I want to tell the world that of all its varied pleasures, of all its hidden treasures, the best of all by far is love, the best of love by far is you.”
Livy dear, I have already mailed today’s letter, but I am so proud of my privilege of writing the dearest girl in the world whenever I please, that I must add a few lines if only to say I love you, Livy. For I do love you Livy… as the dew loves the flowers; as the birds love the sunshine; as the wavelets love the breeze, as mothers love their first-born; as memory loves old faces, as the yearing tides love the moon; as the angels love the pure in heart…Take my kiss and my benediction and try to be reconciled to the fact that I am Yours forever; Sam
from our indispensable”trish the dish” …… (trish is our “can do” person at our events-she helps make the magic happen:) xxo
“Most of my love notes are in storage- however, my anniversary was last week and Q. gave me my favorite card of all time “If I was a dog I would lick your face right now… Thank you for saying “I DO” .. “
ezra’s love note to sheryl (a.k.a. phoebes!!!) and their monogram from their wedding:)xxo
thank you lenore for sharing this love note…………….i am so happy love is going strong after 31 years of marriage!!! congratulations……………….xxo
“The sweetest note from my husband was when he wrote…. “You are always about what is right and good.” Of course I know better. But it is a very high compliment that he has actually thought of me that way. We have been married 31 years. Love is still alive and well. ”
this from robert (rolides lighting), whom i have worked with the longest…………a master of lighting and finding solutions to any problem………………robert who is always gracious, efficient, happy, talented and hard working. i LOVE that you took the time to respond to my request for love notes……………..and that you wrote this. erika is a very lucky girl………………………..as are all of us who have the privilege of having you in our lives………xxo
“Hello Alex. I am so bad in love thoughts and remembering anything that I have ever said to my wife in a lovely way.. it seems that the present time love notes are not as popular as they were in old times. It seems that we are in love with the stress rather than with people who really take care of us. Perhaps that could be a good note. Making space for love…..”
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”