The language is French — and universal. The sentiment is clear from these gorgeous photos from Jodi Miller Photography: “Forever and ever,” “forever and always,” however you say it, this whispered pledge in a flower-draped boat sets the imagination “floating” as well. Delicate garlands are everywhere, looped around a blue-and-white hull and lending their color scheme to a bouquet of deep burgundy-red and palest shell pink, gathered loosely together with a length of blue ribbon. Yes, there are plenty of flowers for a vase; ivy trails in tendrils from between sprigs of lavender to fill out the other floral offerings. Pensive, the bride-to-be contemplates her future beneath another garland rich with greenery and woven around a scroll with the immortal French promise close at hand.
Her dress is a light wisp of white, skimming her knees in graceful folds, allowing her to move freely through the meadow around the “Edith E” (the boat’s moniker); she finds cozy spots to sit and think her own thoughts amid the garlands, the meadow grasses, and the wreath festooning the other side of the boat. No, this boat’s not likely to sail soon: it’s seen some better days, and for the time being, its drifting is limited to a sea of waving prairie grass. But for this newly fiancée, awash in bouquets of more than mere blooms, it’s a symbol of her hope for a “smooth sailing” future. A bride-to-be, at the very threshold of a lifetime of promises: that’s as romantic as romantic can be.