I believe that Disney fairytales are real
I believe that animal noses deserve all the kisses
I believe in day dates
I believe in vacations planned around food
I believe that coffee tastes best in a french press, made by someone you love
I believe that everyone deserves your kindness
I believe in being a sentimental fool
I believe in the raw, real, and intimate moments
I believe that true love exists, but you have to find it buried under real life
I believe that a wedding day isn’t just about one day and it isn’t just about two people
She has a smile that can light up a room.
She wants her wedding to be unique and different and full of pretty little details (even if that means travelling.)
She doesn’t worry about the trends or latest fashions. She wears what she loves and prefers quality over quantity.
She loves hard and always keeps others on her mind.
She always has a plan or a list or an idea, but isn’t afraid to go with the flow when it feels right.
He can rock a flannel and boots just as good as a tailored suit.
He’ll laugh and cry and pick his jaw up off the floor when he sees his new bride for the first time.
He’ll love his bride just as hard and kiss her just as long whether or not people are watching.
He knows anything she plans for the wedding day will be amazing and wonderful and perfect.
All the hard times are worth going through to experience the good times.
That the wedding is about more than just the one day, and that thrills them.
Appreciate the taste of well crafted food and a smooth IPA.
At all the same Office quotes and argue about who would win Chardee MacDennis.
Communicate in only memes if need be.
Serious conversations revolving around “if our dog was people.”
Three years later, I looked at those wedding day photos and wished with every fiber in my body that Grandma was still here.
Seeing the frozen moment of joy on her face at my wedding, I could close my eyes and hear her wheezing belly laugh, see her wrinkled hands clasp the gold watch around her wrist.
I could remember feeling her hold back tears when I squeezed her as tight as I ever had before in my life.
Four years later, I looked at those wedding day photos and realized that no matter how hard marriage is, it’s worth every fight, every hardship, every doubt, and every sleepless night.
I could look at the frozen moments of our vows and remember that we didn’t promise perfection, or smooth sailing, or constant positivity.
We promised in good times and bad. And as vague as that promise is, it’s as specific and as raw and as real as anything I’ve ever said to someone and heard from someone.
Six years later, I looked at those wedding photos and thought about the person I used to be and the person I am now. The Alayna that was staring back at me seemed like an Alayna from another world.
The major life changes and health scares that have come into my life and my family’s life- they weren’t even an inkling of a thought back then. I was never invincible. None of us were. But seeing those frozen moments of laughter and excitement, tears and embraces, dancing and invincebleness.
I could look at those moments and know that no matter what happened or what curveballs were thrown at any one of those smiling faces I saw in those photos, we were all in this together.
For those uncountable amount of years, months, and days that had followed this day.
And now, eight years later, I look at those wedding day photos and I know it was never about that one day. It was never about Jon and I. It’s about this entire life and every person we share it with.
More than anything, that’s what I want to give to you. I want you to remember every moment and every feeling from your wedding day. I want you to look back on those photos years from now, and remember the ones who might not be with you anymore. To realize that the hard times and the challenges are worth it. To remember that every face you see in those photos belong to people who love you more than anything in the world.
Your wedding day is not just about one day- it’s about those years, months, and days that follow. And that's exactly how I document it.