It’s not about the dress. The size of the rock. Or the pretty venue. It’s about saying yes. To your best friend. In front of the people that matter. To say “no matter what, I will try to make this – to make us – work”, because you love, truly, deeply, madly and you’ve found the person you can imagine yourself lying next to when you’re 80 years old, holding hands, and nothing would make you happier. It’s about saying that you don’t want to take that journey alone, but you have found someone to walk alongside with. And even when the going gets rough and paths seem to diverge, you will truly, honestly, try to keep going in parallel.
Of course I will take pretty pictures of your dress, your ring and everything else. But what matters to me most is that you have something to look back on when you do live to be 80. To show people that you were once young and foolish and ridiculously happy. To have something to look at when you’re not so sure anymore. When you wonder why you got married in the first place – and to have it all come back at you, how you felt then, why you were there. How everyone shared in the love you have.
I married my best friend back in 2006 (just writing that makes me feel old, but really, we married very young ;-). We promised one another to stick together through the good, the bad and the ugly in front of our very close family and friends. There was candlelight, music we loved, words that meant something to us (and still do) and we were standing in the attic of an old monastery where monks used to brew beer, a place close to our hearts. We didn’t have Pinterest back then nor a color scheme. We didn’t get married in church. I wasn’t wearing white. Or any of the other things that would have been considered the ‘norm’ at that time in Belgium. We danced the night away – quite literally as we stumbled into bed at 5am in the morning, tired but oh so happy.
If, like me, you believe your wedding shouldn’t be about conforming to anyone’s expectations but your own. If you want photos to remember those things you picked out because they mean something to you. If you want to have fun and look great in portraits – even though you believe you are the least photogenic person in the world. If you don’t want to spend countless hours away from your party to take those portraits. Then let me help you. Drop me a line with your wedding date and I’ll get in touch with you as soon as I can.