remembering the "why"

 
 

This is my mom's parents, and they are as beautiful and kind hearted today as they were in 1970 when they got married.

I recently restored some old fading photos of their wedding for many reasons, but one is to remind me of the 'why.'

It's true. Your wedding is a day you'll remember for forever. It is about love, celebration, tradition, and the people closest to you, witnessing your commitment to a future with the one you love.

It's that simple.

What your wedding isn't about is all the other stuff. It's not even (gasp!) about the wedding photos. It's about the emotional moments that result from the significance the day inherently carries - both for you and the people around you. I often hear "we're doing this or that, because it will make a good photo."

Don't.

Yes, light is important. Yes, allowing time and space for photos to happen is important, but what matter most is that the day is filled to the brim with true and honest emotions. What matters is that you are present in those amazing best wedding photography moments as they are being captured.

I doubt my grandparents was thinking about anything else than marrying each other when the shutter clicked these photos into existence, and that is why I'm trying to restore these memories and photos nearly 50 years later. Not because I like her flowers, or because the background is nice, but because of what it represents - a relationship and a commitment that is worthy of remembering every day.

 

And that's the why.