It goes without saying that the most valuable purchase for your wedding is undoubtedly your wedding rings. The item that will retain and most likely increase its value over time. The symbol of eternal love that is embodied by its concentric shape, symbolizing an infinite circle without end.
However when it comes to considering what will leave the longest lasting impression in your mind of the day you pledged your life and love to the one you adore, at the top of that short list is your photographs. You may be thinking "Is a wedding photographer really that important in the grand scheme of a wedding?" Well, speaking from experience. . .it's paramount!
I was one of many unfortunate brides who did not understand just how important documenting the most important day of my life would be; not only for myself to look back and remember, but also for my children to see what our special day was like. We had a well-meaning family member take some pictures of our day with a half-hearted effort to pose expressions and snap photos of the flowers without faithfully capturing the candid moments shared between a newly married bride and groom; the moments that would remind us of the precious emotions that filled the day.
When considering the many expenses that go into a wedding and all the arrangements that need to be made it is imperative that each bride realizes that it's not really pictures they want. . .it's the capturing of memories. It's the precious tiny moments in time recorded for you to recall and look back on for decades to come. It's moments you didn't even notice or forgot all about within a day or two after the wedding. It's tiny fragments of time that otherwise would be lost forever.
It's emotions . . . and the ability to relive them in the twilight of life. To be reminded of the tears, the overwhelming joy, the nerves, the first moment you saw one another, the emotions that make us human, that tell us we are alive.
It's people . . . precious family members who may not be around in 20 or 30 years. . . it's recording them as their most vibrant and beautiful selves. It's the moments that pass between you on that day, that may never pass again. It's wrapping them up and beautifully keeping them to delicately unwrap in the decades to come for solace, comfort, reassurance.
It's sharing. . . memories and people with the newer members of your family as you reach old age. Sharing the experiences, stories, the feelings, creating new memories and connections. Your photographs will remind you of everything else you did and had on your wedding day, even when your memory is fading. They will connect future generations with you, who you were, they will provide evidence that you lived, that you mattered, that you loved and were loved.
Of all the expenses you plan into your wedding budget, this is the only one (with the exception of your wedding rings) that will be an investment; one that will increase with value over time, year after year becoming more precious because those moments, once passed, can not faithfully be captured as they happened the first time.
Planning your wedding photography shouldn't be classed as either a luxury or an extravagance, it is a thoughtful investment in your life, your memories, the proof of who you are and what you represent. . . the beautiful you. To have something which connects you and others to the most beautiful, unexpected, and impermanent moments of your life is an extraordinary gift. . . one that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Wedding Planner KERRIE FLINDERS MILL CREEK GARDENS