“No matter how different we are, I won’t stop looking for you, Kevin said to Joanne.” | The Stories Behind the Wedding Details | Invitation Suite by Ruby & Willow

Happiest of Fridays, my friends, my pals!  We hope you’re doing well, and are excited for your weekends, since they’re like five seconds away which is AWESOME.  We’re almost back home from our little vacay, which means things are about to return to bidniz as usual, but we gotta say, we seriously couldn’t be happier with the way our Bloggistas held things down while we were away.  We think they offered up a hella stellar week of wedding ideas and inspiration, and we hope you guys love them as much as we do!

Ok, SO… I’m going to kick off your weekend with a touching little story, submitted by the fantastic Kate Holland of Ruby & Willow, that reveals one perfect example of how beautifully couples can infuse their lives together into their wedding details.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of learning the lovely stories and meanings behind even the tiniest of details.

Here’s a bit of Kate’s email to me about the invitation suite, which captured my attention immediately…

There’s a cute little story behind the butterfly and dragonfly, and according to her mother it was important they were flying to the northeast corner with the butterfly chasing the dragonfly, not the other way around!!

Obviously, I was intrigued.  So I’m very excited to present to you, Joanne and Kevin’s story, as written by Joanne!

In 2009 Joanne and Kevin’s destinies were to cross as if their lives were drawn together by a force more powerful than life itself but in a world that neither of them called home.  Joanne was from China and Kevin from Australia – different cultures – different languages – different worlds but destined for each other.

From the start they knew their love story was not fated to be an easy one and despite their love being strong their worlds conspired to pull them apart. Kevin joked and said to Joanne, in the next life, they probably would still come from different worlds, Joanne would live as a Butterfly and Kevin a Dragonfly, but you would see that this butterfly and dragonfly would always fly together,lol. No matter how different we are, I won’t stop looking for you, Kevin said to Joanne.

To hide his unhappiness at being separated from Joanne, Kevin decided to go to the Indian Himilayan Mountains to look for an answer. As a parting gift Joanne gave Kevin a water bottle which seemed like a simple and practical enough farewell gift but neither would know what a significance it would have until later.

To take his mind off of Joanne each evening rather than wait at camp Kevin would pack a small backpack and find a peak to climb – the steeper and more dangerous the better.  On this particular night Kevin found a steep and rocky cliff face and headed towards the snow-capped summit.  At just under 5000m the climb was challenging but after several hours he made it to the top. Looking back the view was spectacular and he could just see the camp as a dot in the distance. As it was now nearing dark he knew he didn’t have time to climb back down the cliff face so he decided to traverse his way back to an adjacent valley which had a snow pack running down to the middle leading to where the camp was. Kevin thought that he could use the snow pack to save time and get back to camp before nightfall as it was getting cold and the clouds had started to close in.

After several minutes of running down the ice pack Kevin saw that it was starting to get thin so worried he would fall though he decided to jump off onto a large rock. Unfortunately his boots were covered in snow and he slipped and fell from the edge. While he was falling he could sense that his back was going to fall across the sharp rock edge.  In the seconds he was falling he wondered if he could survive the night in the cold with an injured back and if he would ever see Joanne again. As his back hit the rock edge he braced himself for the pain of the sharp rock edge across his back but instead he felt a softened almost gentle blow before he fell to the ground at the base of the rock. Picking himself up he wondered what had saved him when he remembered that he had packed the water bottle that Joanne had gave him in his backpack and this had taken the full force of the fall and without a doubt saved him from a disaster.  Feeling extremely lucky Kevin continued down the valley.  It was now almost dark but as he neared camp in the base valley he saw a Butterfly pass by. He knew this was Joanne who had been watching over him on the cliff.

Kevin knew he found his answer, he couldn’t live without Joanne. ‘Wait for me, my angel. Although we are from different worlds, but when I get back home, I will find a way for us to build our own world together.’ The rest is history…..

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story, Joanne!


1) Do you love it as much as I do when there’s real meaning behind the details involved in one’s wedding day?

2) In what way(s) are you infusing your relationship into your wedding details?

xoxo!  – Alison

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  1. Amma // Beyond Beyond on September 23, 2011

    Maybe it is me being an old softie, but that story has got my eyes welling but. It is a beautiful story, and I love the fact that Joanne saved Kevin, without even being there. Beautiful xoxo

    Now let me get our of here and take my eye leekage elsewhere!

  2. Brooke @ Bright Wishes on September 23, 2011

    Um wow! That’s such a touching story. I love those kind of real life love stories. Amazing!

  3. Alicia @CharityWedding on September 23, 2011

    Ahh how sweet is that?! And that invitation suite is out of control gorgeous!!

  4. Valerie on September 23, 2011

    Well congratulations. You did it. I’m officially crying hysterically at WORK mind you. What a beautiful and heartfelt story! May lightning bugs guide your way home!

  5. Shulie [RobbinsBrothers] on September 23, 2011

    Officially. Moved. Wow. Thanks for sharing Joanne and Kevin’s love story. I wish them all the best!! Those invitations are complete eye candy.

  6. Lena on September 23, 2011

    Holy mother of gorgeous invitation suite. Then throw in a magical, gorgeous, heartbreakingly joyful love story? It just ain’t fair…

  7. Gaby - Cap Classique on September 24, 2011

    Wow. I’m totally choked up by that – what a lovely story, and I adore that they had it integrated into their invites (which are, of course, gorgeous – well done, Kate!). Wishing them an amazing life together.

  8. Emma on September 24, 2011

    Is this a new series? I really enjoy reading about the stories behind the details, it’s great to see examples of beautiful ways to make the details count.

    Love their story too, soo sweet!

  9. Stunning. Stunning! What an incredible story of divine love. And I love how they infused such deep meaning into the invitation, it makes all the difference.

  10. Cleo on September 26, 2011

    Amazing story love it so sweet!

  11. invitation consultants on September 28, 2011

    WOW! amazing story! i love it!


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