New Year’s Eve 2020.
Typically people post their upcoming resolutions. How they can improve their life, better their family + career, maybe even build new relationships. All their eggs in one basket hoping the upcoming year will top the current one, or in this day + age, a fresh POSITIVE start and a happy goodbye to what seemed to be the year from hell for most.
Don’t fret my friends, my typical ” bring in the good + good riddance to bad” blog/post is still coming, y’all didn’t get that lucky. BUT… this seemed like the perfect post to bring in the new year.
I was contacted on December 17th from a previous bride, well a family of gorgeous brides. She was inquiring about possibly shooting a small intimate wedding on New Year’s Eve for her girl who had to plan, cancel, + re-plan her wedding about a million times. ( Yes, like so many of you brides out there.)
I had goosebumps reading her message and was totally feeling it that particular day, so, after a few texts back + forth, it was a deal. We were going outside to capture some vows on NYE.
Fast forwarding to the week of, we decided to do a FaceTime, basic stuff, Hi I am me, you are you, we are going to do this. The more I spoke with her, the more I knew I was supposed to be a part of this. Although I could hear the disappointment in her voice… ” it will be memorable alright.” ” It’s something alright.”
In all honesty I don’t know how their day could have been any more perfect. Ok that is a straight up lie. Warmth possibly would have been a bright spot, but guess what? If they had heat, than they wouldn’t have had a circle of cars honking their horns, tuning their radio stations in to hear their vows, from the heated seat of their very own hot rods.
If they had heat, they wouldn’t have had a story to tell. A laugh to be had. Even if her toes were numb for the following 24 hours.
So, instead of a story like I tend to get carried away with, I am making a list of bullet points. Why this wedding was something I was thankful to witness, thankful to be a part of.
• Something borrowed being Grandma’s special coat
• The way my stunning bride was still full of the nerves, anxiousness, + excitement no matter the weather. ( or COVID regulations )
• A family member officiating your wedding is forever the neatest.
• The horn honking, the fancy dresses, the flowers on windshields reminding this couple how much they are loved + celebrated.
• The way the bride’s dad hugged his daughter after the ceremony and didn’t let go … hence the extra images
• The ” To-Go” Charcuterie boxes for all the guests, hand delivered with the most sincerest of Thank You’s
• The shaking-because-everybody’s-hands-were frozen-champagne toast like no other
• The perseverance this couple showed to the world… their love can withstand anything in it’s way.
• Basically Every. Little. Moment. Of. This. Magical. Day.