Another week! Wow. And it was a busy one and yet a completely lazy one all at the same time. But lazy is good sometimes, yes?
This week I'm going to list five things I'm grateful to have learned over the course of the summer as a result of being a wedding photographer:
#1 - Daddy/Daughter dances are important. If you are a bride, you might not think it's a big deal. But when Daddy is no longer around, the pictures and the sentimental moment are well worth the extra 5 or so minutes. One of the best songs?
(And what better movie to use as an example than Father of the Bride with Steve Martin?)
#2 - Orzo pasta
I've been experimenting. My word, this stuff is YUMMY!
#3 - Commitment is a beautiful thing.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:24#4 - There isn't anyone I would rather work side-by-side with than Jonathan. We understand each other and we work well together. From the parenting (stemming from that commitment thing) to the picture taking - there isn't anyone I would rather do anything with.
#5 - A lot of people think that the wedding is the biggest celebration that you could possibly have in your lifetime - therefore they spend lots and lots of money on "the big day." I don't think that's a bad thing at all. Weddings SHOULD be celebrated - in grand style. But I really don't think we ought to stop there. A wedding is the first day of a couple's commitment to one another. Then they start in on their lifetime - the for-better-or-for-worse thing.
I love collecting ideas for "every day" parties. Attention to detail, yummy food, good music, a community of close and loving friends - those are things that can be attended to and celebrated with many times over. Babies? New jobs? An open window following a closed door? God gives us many opportunities in which we can celebrate LIFE! I think we should take advantage of them and put pretty flowers on the table more frequently than we typically do.
I could probably write a longer list of things I've realized, thought about or gleaned from this past wedding season but I'll stop there and wish you all a happy, fun-filled weekend!