Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Big Picture

Photo by Ben Harrison Photography.

Many clients and contacts ask me, "Alicia, what is your favorite part of the day or planning process?" Those who know me know that I am a detail freak and fine stationary aficionado- there is nothing more beautiful than a deep letterpress or an engraved sheet of pressed cotton. It's like finding the last pair of Christian Louboutin nude pumps in your size- sends chills down my spine! But, at heart, I am a helpless romantic.

My most favorite part of the whole process from design to action is the wedding ceremony itself. There is something so magical and awe inspiring to see two people commit their lives together forever. In our society marriage is not taken seriously. It's been viewed as a "convenient relationship" not a "lasting covenant."

Call me biased but I love our Pastor! One of my favorite parts of our wedding was when he asked the congregation to stand and promise to guide and lead Kyle and I through our marriage, to come along side us in times of need and to mentor to each of us. Every single guest at our wedding pledged to support us. It wasn't about witnessing the legalizing of our marriage and signing a document. It was about honoring us and honoring our commitment.

Now I'm not telling you to hire our Pastor or that you have to have a religious wedding ceremony. But what I am encouraging you all to think about is the moment. The moment when two lives become one. The moment a new family is born. That moment, that instant is just as important as the rest of your wedding.

Next time you are at a wedding, or if you are planning your own wedding, do me a favor and step back to take a look at the Big Picture. There would not be an open bar, gold flatware, crystal goblets and flowers dripping from centerpieces at a wedding without the wedding itself. So instead of nodding off during the ceremony or day dreaming, listen up... you could learn something!



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