You know how Facebook has those "Time Hop" memories? Where it shows you your memories from that day, however many years ago? Well mine today shows me my wedding day.
Yep. Today is the day I celebrate being married for 10 whole years. I look back on those photos and there are so many things that stick out to me.
First, I HAVE photos. Isn't in crazy to think that some people don't have that? For whatever reason, I know there are so may people out there who don't have photographs to commemorate such an important moment in their lives. So I'm incredibly grateful that I have them.
Then I look closer. My wedding party. The people who stood beside us while we said our vows.
On my side, my matron of honor, my mom, who is still my biggest fan to this day. My maid of honor, a friend from camp the summer I got engaged that I still love but don't talk to as much as I should. Two junior bridesmaids, girls I babysat for years, who are now both graduated, one from high school and the other from college. Two flower girls, who are the daughters of the campus minister from my time at SFA. One graduated high school in May and the other just celebrated her Sweet 16.
On his side, his best man, his brother, who just celebrated 3 years of marriage and are expecting their first baby (my nephew!) in September. His only groomsman, my baby brother, who would be turning 28 next week. His ring bearer, who we've since lost most contact with, but from what I can tell he's in high school now.
Then there's us. We've moved more times that I can count, we have a little boy who's about to turn 5. We've bought cars and houses. We've attended weddings and funerals. We've done it all. The good and the bad, the rich and the poor, the better and the worse.
In 10 years, so many things changed for everyone in these photos. But I can look back at them and I'm engulfed in the memories of that day. I remember the excitement and the nerves. The laughter and the tears. I remember all the moments frozen in time with those photographs.
Just a few months after we got married, I decided I wanted to be a photographer. I wanted to help others remember these moments years and years later. I wanted to relive all those feelings over and over again. I wanted to make brides laugh and mom's cry.
Because it's about more than just the pictures. It's about the story of the day and the people you share it with. They are meant to be anchors for your mind to take you back to that place and time. and you deserve that. You deserve to look back in 10 years and be TRANSPORTED back to that day.
Special thanks to my dear, dear friend Gina Lowell who photographed our wedding on that HOT and HUMID summer day. Thank you for giving me those memories. Without your photos - today wouldn't be the same...
"These are literally crappy cell phone pictures of my photos in my tiny wedding album. I took them while sitting on my floor last night looking through my album. And I don't even care. I love them in whatever form."