A few days ago, I tied a ribbon around a box and tucked a handwritten card inside, and I drove across town to deliver our latest wedding album. We’re putting the finishing touches on another album right now.
The truth is that, compared to our parents’ generation, far fewer couples of our generation will have wedding albums preserving the day their marriage began. They may have more comprehensive photographic coverage of their weddings, more pictures of what happens behind the scenes, more images of beautiful details. But so, so many couples will only have these memories saved on their computers.
Well, wedding photographs shouldn’t stay on computers.
Most couples want digital images these days, and we’re big believers in that; we always give our couples the edited digital images from their weddings, because we know that’s important. Even more though, having wedding images in your hands is important. Technology changes, computer hard drives fail, and who hasn’t lost track of passwords and entire file folders on our computers? Also, it’s hard to imagine gathering grandchildren around the computer or view wedding images on the screen.
That leads me to the most important fact about wedding albums: We believe that an album is never just for the couple. An album is for children, to flip through with their parents and understand how their family began. An album is for grandchildren, to learn about their family’s legacy. An album is for great grandchildren, to learn just who the great-grandparents they never met really were.
That leads to my next point about albums: An album is lasting. A top quality handmade album will outlive the couple pictured inside it. A wedding album is a family heirloom to be passed down from one generation to the next. It’s a one-of-a-kind, beautiful and enduring record of a family’s beginning. Viewing digital images simply doesn’t have the same impact as looking at printed images in a heavy, luxurious album — something that can’t be changed or deleted. If your marriage isn’t something you’ll just delete, it seems fitting that your wedding images should have the same kind of permanence for future generations.
So if at all possible, consider having your photographer preserve your wedding images in an album. But if you still believe digital images are all you need from your wedding — as Danny and I did when we got married, although we feel so differently now! — please, at least print your wedding pictures. Put them in frames around your house. Enjoy them every day. Turn them into something tangible to share with future generations.
February has felt like a whirlwind — and somehow, it’s already almost over. Things have slowed down the last couple of days, but even in the middle of the busyness, it’s been a great second month of the year!
Last week, Danny’s family visited for several days. We had a great time with them – shopping, hitting Universal Studios for a day (roller coasters!), and eating what may be, in some circles, considered “too much” delicious food. At the same time, I was prepping for a big retreat for high school students, which took place this past weekend. Once that wrapped up and Danny’s family headed out of town — earlier than planned, to beat the snow that was about to descend on the Mid Atlantic — and after my day of jury duty, our friend Julie came to stay with us. She flew in a day later than planned, from Massachusetts, where they haven’t been able to get out from under the snow this winter.
Meanwhile, yesterday my brother took us to visit Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge, and we all experienced what a normal winter day looks like in Florida:
I love Florida, and there is no time that I’m more grateful for it than during the winter, when the news is filled with stories of Niagra Falls freezing over, planes trapped on tarmacs behind snowbanks, predictions of more storms to come.
Life is good, when it feels as if it’s moving too fast and when it feels as if it’s moving too slow; it is good when we’re caught in the middle of the worst of winter and when we’re enjoying our “winter” in Florida. It can just be hard to remember that sometimes. I get so caught up in waiting for what’s next that I’ll ignore how wonderful things are right now.
So here’s to appreciating the balmy winter and the brutal Florida summer, the “right” pace of life and the pace that doesn’t match our preferred rhythm. Here’s to all the things.
(And yes, here’s also to the fact that next month, we get to trade even this mild winter for spring!)
As Sabrina rode to her wedding inside a limousine with her bridesmaids, she talked through what was about to happen. She was sure of this wedding. She was sure of Kevin.
For Sabrina, the morning had begun inside a hotel suite with her bridesmaids, her mother and mother-in-law. Confident and relaxed, Sabrina was already a radiant bride before she ever slipped into her incredible gown.
Getting the bride dressed is always one of the sweetest parts of a wedding day.
But perhaps not quite as sweet as when the bride’s father gets to see her for the first time. . . .
Sabrina, you were stunning.
Nearby, Kevin got ready with his groomsmen.
Then it was off to the Orlando Science Center, where the bride and groom were at last together for good.
An all-time favorite.
You two were the definition of happiness on your wedding day!
The bridal party joined in as we watched rain clouds puffing across the sky, giving us soft romantic light that was incredible for their portraits.
Can we pause for a moment to talk about Sabrina’s bouquet? I loved the timelessness of the two shades of roses set off by the dusty miller — thanks to Lee Forrest Design for the lovely arrangement!
With the option of moving the ceremony inside to avoid weather or continuing outside as planned and chancing rain during their vows, Sabrina and Kevin knew they wanted to stick to their original plan. For a year and a half, they had been dreaming of starting their marriage under a sprawling oak tree. So, as the leaves caught of occasional raindrop, that was exactly what they did.
And then there was that wonderful moment when Kevin instinctively leaned in to kiss Sabrina during their wine ceremony . . . and she recoiled away from him. It wasn’t quite time for the kiss yet!
This was the time! Finally married!
With all their portraits already taken, Sabrina and Kevin headed off to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests inside the Orlando Science Center. There were build-your-own LEGO people place card holders for the cocktail hour, and for the reception — let’s just say things were pretty exciting. It isn’t every wedding that has a T-Rex presiding over the dance floor!
Brides and grooms always look incredibly joyful during their wedding, but Sabrina and Kevin deserved an award!
Sabrina and Kevin had promised a fun reception with lots of silliness and lots of dancing — lots, and lots, and lots of dancing!
I just love this.
As their guests headed out to line up for the grand exit, Sabrina and Kevin shared one last private dance to end their wedding.
Congratulations, you two! Your wedding was a blast, we were so grateful to be a part of it, and we are so excited for you both as you start this incredible new phase of your life together!
~ Laura + Danny
Venue: Orlando Science Center
Flowers: Lee Forrest Design
Catering: John Michael Events
Officiate: Rev. Glynn Ferguson
DJ: The Celebration Expert
Cocktail Hour Music: Mitch Herman
Cake: Cakes By Design
Videography: Imprint Cinema
Photography: Laura Yang Photography
Oh, this shoot.
What began as a plan to do a few headshots for Ashlee, who owns Simply Roses Florist, quickly evolved into one of the most beautiful styled shoots I’ve ever seen. (Apparently, Wedding Chicks agreed that it was quite beautiful, since they featured this shoot yesterday.)
If we were going to do some head shots for a florist, it would make sense to have flowers, Ashlee reasoned. If were were going to have some flowers, we might as well have a full-blown tablescape. If we were going to the trouble of a tablescape, it would be a great idea to have a couple model as our bride and groom. If we were having a bride and groom, we would need a wedding gown. And hairstyling, and makeup. Oh, and we wouldn’t want to forget a show-stopping cake!
When everything came together for Ashlee’s concept — fruitful and abundant, “because that’s what we want our lives to be,” she said — it looked like this. Spectacular.
The flowers Ashlee styled so creatively were lush and sumptuous, and the color palette was just dreamy. Sherri’s cake was truly perfection. When I first saw the table, I literally gasped.
Do you recognize Erena and Jesse, one of our 2014 wedding couples?!
Gorgeous cake, gorgeous couple — gorgeous everything! I might as well just stop interjecting my thoughts, or this post is going to be nothing but synonyms for “gorgeous!”
This Enzoani gown from A Bridal Boutique for the Girls was just the perfect choice for Erena, and for the soft, elegant look Ashlee wanted to create.
The china, glassware, and flatware all actually came from Ashlee’s own home and family and friends.
I loved what Tiffany did with Erena’s makeup — so sophisticated and warm and perfect for an autumn bride.
Noelle pulled together such a perfect, unfussy updo. The braid added just the right touch!
So perfect, you two!
Don’t you just want each of these floral arrangements on your mantle? The colors and textures worked together so harmoniously.
Yes. Just yes.
And all the pros who made this gorgeous afternoon happen! (Minus Danny, who took the picture.)
Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Deegan, Sherri Meyers, Noelle Rodriguez, Mandy Hancock, Terry Miller, me, Ashlee Roberson.
. . . and Ashlee with her flowers, and Sherri tending to her cake.
It was so much fun being a part of this! Thanks to everyone who brought this afternoon to life, and to Wedding Chicks for the feature. I’m looking forward to the next styled shoot!
Design, flowers, furniture, and place settings: Ashlee from Simply Roses Florist
Cake: Sherri from The Pastry Studio
Gown: Mandy and Terry from A Bridal Boutique for the Girls
Gown designer: Enzoani
Hairstyling: Noelle Rodriquez
Makeup: Tiffany from Makeup by Tiffany
Models: Erena and Jesse Manis
Photography: Laura Yang Photography