No photos or words in the world can describe the awesomeness of this day, this night, these people.
Nick and Surya.
“We are having a fun, vintagey picnic style wedding on a mountain in Colorado with BBQ ribs and tons of beer. It just seems like your style would be an amazing fit.”
I received that email in September last year and even though Nick and Surya thought I was based in Brisbane, California and not Brisbane, Australia, we worked it out.
Because this was meant to be.
Fast forward to the end of July and I’m driving up from Denver to Aspen, nervous but also happy and excited. I love what I do. As some of you know this is my second career, my fallback plan and it has changed my life profoundly. You all have made me a better man. People like Nick and Surya. And people like Erik, who flew up from Texas to shoot this wedding together with me. Erik is in my opinion one of the best wedding photographers in the US, so having him there with me meant more than you can imagine. Add the amazingness of Beth, the wedding planner and you have a day to remember forever.
I don’t know how to best describe this wedding, all I know is that I have met people I hope to stay in touch with for the rest of my life, so instead I’ll leave you with the song “Love Is A Big Deal” that Surya’s sister Miya performed for Nick and Surya’s first dance (iTunes). And also what Garland, celebrant and BFF, said at the beginning of the ceremony.
True love truly is a big deal.
“First, a word.
This is a celebration. This is not a sit on your hands, wait for it to be over, wondering what the readings mean wedding. This is a stand up and cheer wedding. This is a clap your hand joyous wedding. This is a day that you are a part of because you are awesome people and this is an awesome couple. and we’re to hoot and holler about that. So please feel free to be as joyful and raucous as you’d like. in fact, it is encouraged.
That being said, a thank you is in order. Thank you for being here. Thank you for the miles you have traveled and for making the choice to come today to celebrate. To support.
Your presence here is not taken lightly. You were invited to bear witness to this day because you are an integral part of this story. You are family, you are friends. You were there in those first months. You saw the glimmer. The spark in their eyes as they spoke of the other. “this is the one” they said. And over a glass of wine. Or on a cross country phone call. Or an email from a world away. You said “yes. And I couldn’t be happier for you.””