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July 1, 2023
Engagement is a transformative phase of love. It marks two individuals coming together, intertwining their lives in dedication and commitment to one another.
Earlier this week, we had the chance to catch up with Kayla, Jes’ favorite student aide from her teaching years, and Chris for their Swan Harbor Farm engagement session in Havre de Grace, MD! Along for the fun were their handsome fur-babes, Sully and Finn, at the start of our session. Their excitement was contagious as we explored the park’s gorgeous grounds together.
From high school sweethearts to almost-married adults, we witnessed the transformative power of love right before our very eyes!
As the sun set over the Susquehanna, casting a golden hour glow upon the water, we were immersed in the tranquility of the property’s usually bustling fishing dock. Without the chatter of the typical crowd, we saw the enchantment of mother nature unfold before us. All set to the harmonious symphony of various birdsongs overlaying the gentle lapping of waves on the dock.
Aside from our k-9 companions, we also had avian onlookers along for the ride in the form of bald eagles, osprey, and, most significantly for this particular couple, blue herons. Blue herons hold a special place in Kayla’s heart, as she strongly associates them with her dearly departed grandfather.
Throughout their session, we saw heron after heron: flying across the sky, perched on a beech tree branch, scoping out the fish skittering just below the water’s surface. Herons were everywhere! This gave us the distinct feeling that Kayla’s grandfather was with us every step of the way.
However, Kayla is not the only one who holds herons in such high esteem. Blue herons have spiritual significance in many cultures. Here are just a few of the common symbolic meanings for this majestic bird:
Blue herons have long been regarded as divine messengers from the spiritual realm. In some Native American traditions, blue herons are seen as messengers or signs from the spirit realm. Furthermore, they are believed to serve as a bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. “In Celtic culture…these birds are regarded as superior intelligence and seen as mentors and guides” (Kaufman, 2021).
Fitting since we felt a palpable grandfatherly presence at every turn.
Blue herons are also associated with wisdom and patience. Their slow, deliberate movements reflect a calm and composed demeanor. In spiritual contexts, a blue heron is a reminder to be patient. Be observant. Be wise in one’s actions and decision-making.
Undoubtedly, our high school sweethearts exhibit all of these qualities, as evidenced by their continued dedication to each other over the years and chose to take on forever together!
Like our love birds’ journey, blue herons undergo significant transformations throughout their lives. Accordingly, this process symbolizes personal growth, adaptability, and the ability to navigate different stages of life gracefully. Additionally, herons transcend three out of four elements: air, water, and earth (Stanton, 2022), demonstrating their keen ability to adapt to and command their surroundings.
Herons are associated with prosperity and abundance, marking good fortune for those lucky enough to be graced with their presence. Likewise, we wish Kayla and Chris a lifetime of good fortune and abundance with each other!
Blue herons are known for their graceful balance as they wade through water and stand on one leg. This posture represents the harmony between the physical and spiritual realms. Concurrently, it symbolizes finding balance in one’s life, representing various aspects of self and partnership, and maintaining equilibrium together amidst life’s challenges.
When navigating wedding plans, family dynamics, and life in general, remember to find harmony between your individual lives and your life as a couple. Take a page from our flying friends – create a balance that nurtures your love and ensures that both of you have the space and support to thrive.
As you embark on this journey of love and commitment, carry your spiritual and symbolic connection to the blue heron with you to light your path: wisdom, patience, transformation, abundance, and balance. Listen to your hearts. Trust in the connection that brought and has kept you together. Like the blue heron gracefully glides through the water, have faith in the knowledge that your love is unwavering and will guide you through any challenges you may face. This Swan Harbor Engagement Session will forever be one of our favorites. Thank you for making it a special one!