I’ve always thought love letters were so romantic. There is something magical about putting your whole heart into words on a page and sending it to your love, hoping for the same sentiments to be reciprocated. The whole idea seems Nicholas Sparks-esque to me.
This idea came to me shortly after my husband and I were married. You see, my phone was about to step into its grave, and I was sad that I would lose all the sweet texts that my husband and I had exchanged. Maybe it seems silly, but those messages were like love letters for me. Hardly anyone has cause to write letters and send them in the mail anymore, not when there is email, Facebook, texting, Skype—a million other much more convenient ways to communicate.
Rather than lose them all with my phone’s demise, I decided to preserve these messages that showed the progression of our relationship, from initial meeting to falling in love and getting married. I was inspired by my grandmother, who once showed me a binder where she kept all the love letters from her husband before they were married.
It took a while, but I scrolled through all of my texts with my husband back to the very beginning and took screenshots of all the texts I thought were cute, sweet, funny, memorable or key to understanding our relationship. It was surprisingly fun to look back at our early days, before the thought of an ‘us’ had crept into the picture, and then see how our relationship bloomed and turned from friendship to love.
I then took these screenshots (careful to keep them in order, thank goodness phones automatically name files in numerical order!) and made a photobook. I also included all the pictures I could find from throughout our relationship, placing them nearest to the texts that correlated to them or were around the same time frame.
All in all it was quite a bit of work, but the end product I created is priceless to me. I hope you agree, and feel inspired to create something of your own to remember your love story!