December 31, 2018
I loved Taylor and Joh’s wedding at Mainstreet Ballroom so much! I cried, I laughed hysterically, and I had so much fun. Taylor and Joh, with the help of some awesome family and friends and Panera, got their guests tables ready in the morning before breaking off to get ready themselves. With a handful of close friends by their sides, we braved the cold before the rain to capture a bunch of photos outside on the beautiful patio area Mainstreet Ballroom has. Their bridal party was one of the best at engaging in witty banter – which made it even more fun for me! When the rain started, we simply moved inside for more photos. There is such great window light for photos even if it is a rainy day. Then came the ceremony. Where I probably cried no less than 5 times. I even found myself trying to not pay attention because I didn’t want to keep crying. But that was impossible because the ceremony was so beautiful. I am positive there wasn’t a dry eye (I mean they couldn’t have picked more heartfelt readings and their vows were amazing) until the end where her aunt (and officiant) wedded them with a wand from Harry Potter. We ended the night with some crazy delicious BBQ (hey hey Blue Pit!), awesome dance moves (Baltimore Sound rocked the night away) and some really beautiful night shots!
And because I loved it so much, I am literally copying Taylor’s dad’s reading from the wedding here because everyone should read it.
This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing.This is everything I’ve learned about marriage: nothing.Only that the world out there is complicated,and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,and not to be alone.It’s not the kisses, or never just the kisses: it’s what they mean.Somebody’s got your back.Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn’t want to rescue youor send for the army to rescue them.It’s not two broken halves becoming one.It’s the light from a distant lighthouse bringing you both safely homebecause home is wherever you are both together.So this is everything I have to tell you about love and marriage: nothing,like a book without pages or a forest without trees.Because there are things you cannot know before you experience them.Because no study can prepare you for the joys or the trials.Because nobody else’s love, nobody else’s marriage, is like yours,and it’s a road you can only learn by walking it,a dance you cannot be taught,a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.And because in the darkness you will reach out a hand,not knowing for certain if someone else is even there.And your hands will meet,
and then neither of you will ever need to be alone again.
And that’s all I know about love.-Neil Gaiman
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