As Spike and I approach our 3 year anniversary next month, I have been thinking about so many things. Mostly because of how busy the two of us have been in our own work, I have lately fallen into a spiral of 'what do I need.' But yesterday as I was running all over the place, I stopped by our loft and even though I felt hurried and had a to-do list in my head that was a mile long, I sat down and flipped through our wedding album and remembered OUR day.
Photographing your weddings brings me so much joy and it reminds me of the incredible joy that I felt on my own wedding day. As I watch you interact with your loved ones I am reminded of how it feels to be surrounded by every person who loves you along with every person who loves and cares for the one you love the most. It is the only time in your life that ALL of those people will be together, and they are there for YOU! It is truly incredible and my gosh it is an amazing thing to witness! But when it's all over and the sparkle of the wedding day fades and everyone goes back to their lives, it is just you and your beloved.
And the cool thing is, this is where the fun begins. The two of you begin to work together and create a life that is no longer just yours. You become a team. And just like every team in history, you will have your good, bad, and ugly games (and even seasons). The main thing to remember is that when you're feeling down and thinking about what "I" need, stop, take a moment to remember that you have help. You have a team mate that knows your strengths and your weaknesses and who wants to stand beside you and encourage you and help you.
As wedding season has begun to throw things at me that cause a roller coaster of joy, fun and even stress, I have had to remind myself to step beside the one I love and walk together in this crazy hectic life because I want nothing more than to be doing life together.
I ask you to pass through life at my side - to be my second self, and best earthly companion.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte