A part of my non-farming life I don't often share is that I dabble as a writer. Yes, "dabble" is the correct word, "putz around" might be a better description of it these days. When I was younger, I dreamed about writing "THE Great Novel" (ha) and wrote a lot of rambling fiction in attempts to get there. These days, I write when I can, a bit of fiction, poetry, and memoir, and try to convince myself to be more disciplined about it.
Anyways, that is all to say, my mind does work like a writers. I enjoy taking quiet observation of events, people's quirks and characters, interesting things I've seen. Generally curious, I like to make a study of life.
Therefore, its my privilege to take part of a very key moment in people's stories: their weddings. Not only do I get to prepare the flowers that grace one the biggest celebrations they will ever plan, these kind couples (and their ever gracious photographers), share some of the photos after so I can use the images to promote my business. Being a farmer-florist, always on the go, I am forever grateful to them for this because I stink at capturing my work before it goes out the door. And, to be frank, my photography skills can't compare.
Its such a pleasure to sit down to these images, these story books of their special days in the winter months. Seeing everyone dressed to the nines, so happy. Their creativity and the uniqueness of each one. The hilarious and spontaneous moments of glee and mischief. The sheer joy and excitement of family and friends. The tenderest glances.
So yah, how lucky am I that I get to "read" these great stories of love every year?
I also feel so blessed to live in a place that celebrates all the stories of love. I was at wedding in December for two amazing women. I found myself deeply moved during their ceremony, witnessing their love and realizing not long ago whatsoever that this was illegal. And where I'm from originally, New York, marriage equality is 6 years old and the Supreme Court only upheld it 2 years ago in the United States!
So thank you to the couples featured in this post, their talented photographers for sharing.
If you are getting married this year or next, I am still taking bookings. Also check out a journal I wrote a while back about wedding planning, based on my own experiences planning and watching others working on their own wedding day.