Ahhhh…my first wedding of 2020. Who knows when the next one will be? For me, the uncertainty is the toughest thing to overcome in our new normal. It’s the thing that I believe is making it difficult for us to sleep and bringing our strange dreams to the surface. As we worry about the health of our aging parents and our friends on the front lines, our mind quickly moves to wonder when we will have income again and how long our current emergency stash will last. And then I think of all of my lovely couples and how this year was supposed to be filled with so many fun events surrounded by family and best friends. Ugh. No, it’s not as important as many other things in life, but it’s still disappointing. And you are ALLOWED to feel sad.
But I do believe that once we come out of this our new normal will be better than the old one. As Americans, it is built into our culture to never stop hustling. Work crazy hours, never waste time, fight for what you want, give it your all, never stop! But then we were forced to stop. We all made bread for the first time (and it was fun!) We took our dogs, who are normally stuck at home alone bored all day, for a gazillion walks. Heck, we WALKED somewhere instead of speeding off in our car while talking on bluetooth and putting on lipstick in the rearview mirror. (What even IS lipstick anymore?) My son and his friends have all learned to ride their bikes and do it WELL. The neighborhood is filled with the little biker gangs of the early 90’s. And I have have gotten to spend countless hours cuddling with the 16 year old little furry love of my life who doesn’t have all that much longer left with us.
When we move into our new normal, let’s remember this and take a little bit of it with us. Let it change us. Give ourselves permission to just be with the ones we love and do our favorite things. And try new things! Who wants to join me?!
I apologize that this intro isn’t about Mercedes and Barry. Who are awesome. But I had some stuff to get off my chest. Thanks for indulging me! Let’s fill our lives with some beauty shall we?! This gorgeous February wedding has a few new things for me! My first time at Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Prairie and it is a beautiful church. Also fun new spot I scouted and found for portraits in a park I have been to multiple times! It makes me feel like I just won some sort of treasure hunt when I find a new fun spot. And I had the opportunity to work with some old friends! Meredith was photographing a Bat Mitzvah so my good friend Kelly Park photographed with me, and the super cute and talented couple Jimmy and Steph at Captured in Frames were on video. Such a fun team!
Ceremony venue: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Reception venue: Doubletree Hotel Chesterfield
Florist: Our Edition
DJ/band: DJ Cuddy
Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop
Stationery: Unique Moments
Ice Sculpture: Ice Visions
Hair: Brooke Sturgess
Makeup: Courtney Makeup Co.
Gown: Mia Grace Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Elite Limousine
Video: Captured in Frames