Karen + Leroy. Married.
I was excited for this wedding the moment I got the email from Karen a couple months back. The details were vague. Not because they didn't want to tell me but because they didn't have any. We talked on the phone and the conversation went something like this:
Me: "Where is the ceremony? Karen: "We don't know yet." Me: "Awesome. Where is the reception?" Karen: "We don't know yet." Me: "Ok, awesome. Where are you getting ready?" Karen: "We think our house but we don't know yet." Me: "Again, awesome."
To each "We don't know yet" I got more excited. First, I was the first thing they wanted to book. As a photographer, thats pretty darn humbling. Second, I could tell they were just so excited to get married that they didn't sweat the details too much. They knew they wanted it small, alone basically, and they wanted me to document it. How awesome is that? Just follow them around for a few hours and have a blast.
No bridal party. No parents or siblings. No flowers, cake or centerpieces. No rules. No distractions.
Things didn't go off without a hitch though. There were a few snags. The cupcake place Karen special ordered from messed up her order. The bar they wanted to grab drinks at was closed. But it didn't matter. Not one bit.
I admire that. In some ways I'm a bit jealous of that. A simplified wedding stripped down to the basics.
I'm glad I was a part of it.
And to top it off? They went to a karaoke bar for their "after party."
I learned a lesson with this wedding. Play by your own rules. Plan your wedding however you want to. Don't sweat the small stuff. Because in the end, the outcome is exactly the same. You declared your vows and are officially married. And isn't that what matters most?