I can hardly believe that we will have been married for five years, to the day, tomorrow. June 2nd was a Saturday in 2007 and it was our wedding day. It’s what every bride says… but it really was the perfect day. I remember the moments leading up to it being both perfect (because I had waited for what felt like forever to marry the most wonderful man) and horrible (maybe because I got married a week after I graduated college, maybe because I am a worrier with a bad case of OCD, or maybe because we were just. so. young.). But the day- the day was perfect.
Actually, there were a lot of things about the day that were less than perfect. And I cannot help but laugh, five years later, at some of the decisions I made about details. Like the lipstick color, or dying my hair with box dye from Walgreens just three days prior… I still have a hard time with what a poor choice that was. But it doesn’t matter. It was perfect.
I had most all of my very best friends and family there. And I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again- I am a people person. A day, to celebrate, with lots of people?!? A dream! Truly, it was such a blessing to be surrounded by those wonderful people. I remember the “plan” was to be introduced into the reception and go straight to our table for a prayer and dinner. But instead, I came down those stairs, so excited to see everyone, that I just stopped and hugged almost all 130 of them. I couldn’t help myself! I wanted to throw my arms around their neck, sit and chat a bit about life, and then go sit down for dinner. I wish I could have a party with 130 of my closest friends every June 2nd! So it was simply… that’s right, perfect.
It’s interesting to me how much (I believe) weddings, in general, change from year to year- the trends, you know. And I was adamant about most things about my wedding being “timeless”. Sure, now that trends have changed, and if I lived in a world where money wasn’t an object of concern, there are lots of things I would change about the day. But all in all, I felt the day was, for the most part, timeless. If for no other reason than I was marrying Ben. Perfect.
And then there was my wedding photography. I am so so thankful for the girl who captured our day on film (literally, film). We were on a budget (read, $0 left for photography) and so I had to make some sacrifice. Not to mention, the wedding photography industry has changed some- but that being said, my wedding photography didn’t completely fit my style. But I will say it again, I am so thankful for how she captured the day and so thankful for our photos. They may not be like the photographer’s photos that I now swoon over and I may not love the composition of every photo (and I may be pickier now that I am a photographer). But, I love them, because they are the best pieces I have left of that day. I know, it’s really about the marriage. But I love a wedding… and mine was no exception- loved. it. It was… well, you know…
And now, five years to the day tomorrow, I will be a part of another couple’s journey, as they make June 2nd their Anniversary, and I get to help tell their story through photography. I am so honored to be doing what I am doing. So thankful that I am where I am- although five years ago I never would have dreamed it. What can I say? It’s perfect.
all photos by Madeline Paige.