The Royal Wedding has been a hot topic in the news and some of you may already be tired of hearing about it. As wedding photographers and believers in love, we knew we wanted to tune in to watch as Harry and Meghan said “I do.” Not because of the roles they play, but because it was two people in love. Which is what every wedding is. Two people falling in love and bringing others together from every background to celebrate. That’s why we love our jobs. We love watching the power of love happen and what it can do in the world.
Bishop Michael Curry said it beautifully in his sermon:
“There’s power in love. There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can.”
“Imagine our homes and families where love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way.
Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce where this love is the way.
Imagine this tired old world where love is the way. When love is the way – unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.
When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again.
When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.”
Bishop Michael Curry spoke those words.
How easy is it for us to go through life judging and placing our comments into the world from people who are different from who we are? How easily did the world make comments on the wedding dress and makeup that Meghan choose to wear?
How easily is that same judgement placed when a couple does not look the same as others? Now think about how we judge others because of the things that they like or the things that they do? When other’s don’t act as we do, we tend to impose ourselves on them. When they don’t act, do, or say things in a certain way, we tear them down with comments rooted from anger, hate, jealousy, sadness, and fear.
How often do we focus more on how we think others should do, say, and act, rather than on love?
What if we treated each other kindly and accepted our differences? What if we chose our words stemming from joy, excitement, confidence, kindness and love? How much the world could change.
Love can take many forms. We’ve photographed dozens of weddings over the past few years and never once has one wedding been the same. Never once has the story or the people or the decor been the same. That’s what makes it amazing. That’s what makes it unique. That’s what makes it THEIRS. Not ours. Not yours. Not the world’s.
We all have the power to choose to live our life the way we want, to fall in love with our perfect match, and to choose the paths we lead in life. We must accept the way others choose and follow life leading with love.
If we could take the same joy, excitement, and immense amount of love felt on wedding days, we would bottle it up to share with the world. We would give it to every person that we could. And we would live to see a world leading with love. While we cannot change the whole world, we CAN change how we experience it by the choices we make.
That’s why we choose a career in weddings and why we felt it was important to remind you all of the importance of love, not just on wedding days or engagements, but in everyday life. As we go to our jobs, as we buy our groceries, and as we meet and see new people in our lives; approach them all with love.