Today is finally the day where I feel like it's all about to start. I'm sitting in Gatwick, clutching my Pret coffee and waiting to board my flight. Once I land in Bermuda it's going to be non-stop wedding party time until a week on Saturday, then it'll be just one big wedding party! Adam arrives this Saturday and after that it's going to be hard not to get swept up in the whole thing, and before we know it it'll be over.
Some weeks ago I realised that when I look back to the short time when Adam and I were engaged, I wouldn't want to remember it as just the time where we were planning, managing a budget, and trying really hard to get ready for a wedding. It's been so much more than that.
Preparing yourself to commit the rest of your life to someone isn't something to be overlooked. It's kind if a big deal, you know? This year has been full of conversations about our future. What we want out of life, where those wants match up and where we both need to make compromises. We both know that plans don't always go the way you expect, but it's been fun to daydream about what kind of future we want together. And of course we talked about that before we even got engaged, but it seems a whole lot more real when you're about to get married.
To remember this time we decided to book an engagement shoot with Rory Wylie, a really amazing photographer who has shot some beautiful weddings. Acting all loved up while someone points a camera at you isn't easy. Not at all. But Rory made it seem like no big deal. In the time from when you first meet her to the point at which she begins taking pictures, without you even realising it, she makes you feel like you're being photographed by an old friend. She is so friendly and so relaxed herself that it's almost contagious. It's evident her priority is getting a good shoot, and she works really hard to achieve that no matter what silly positions she needs to get herself into. Having spent many hours rolling around in the dirt in some far flung place to get a good shot - it's a mark of a good photographer in my opinion, but I am most definitely biased ;-)
Now that I'm about to board my flight, I look back on these photos and I am so glad we made the effort to do this. It's been hard to find a spare moment lately, but I'm glad we found the time to capture the essence of this past year.
Ok, gotta go get married. See you soon!