We always assume that we want what we’ve seen: the sun, the glittery mountain landscape, the vision. And then, on the day of, what we all really want is just each other, and the day as it is, and life as we are: the soft mountains covered in mist from recent rain, and our love finally ours, in our arms.
And me? I’m just so glad I get to learn, over and over again, to show up to you and discover with you that the image I want to make is the one with you in it. And that’s all.
I really, really love shooting at Delfosse Vineyards and Winery — it’s just a magical place. It looks like the mediterranean in the midst of the Virginia Mountains. It just has a very special feel. And just a short drive from Charlottesville! Kristin and Brian chose it for their destination wedding because of the amazing views. When the day came, and it was rainy, we all still held out hope that the ceremony could be had on the crest of the hill, with the view that they imagined. But then it started raining hard just as the ceremony was to start, and the whole ceremony was moved to the porch of the sweet cabin nearby.
The magical thing about adjusting to weather on your wedding day is that it immediately puts your heart in the right place — along for the ride, taking the adventure. It drops you into the spirit of adventure and unfolding and discovering and meeting, rather than managing and directing. And that is exactly the place you want to be coming from. It’s a wonderful way to meet the words of your ceremony, your marriage, and meet what’s most true in your hearts. I loved watching Kristin and Brian meet the moment so very beautifully, and have a wonderful wonderful wedding, and I absolutely loved taking them up into the high hills of the vineyard, and seeing the place in its softness, with a misty magic that breathed intimacy and goodness surrounding them as they took a moment together to really feel the impact of what they had just done. What a pleasure. And quite a couple.
I have said this before, but it is really special to me that I get to share in your memories too. Each of you impact me, and I treasure that I was with you on some of the most quiet moments of your wedding day, and that I get to see you and support you as you take the brave steps onto the beginning of your journey. Kristin and Brian, your partnership is full of such sweet and celebrational devotion to each other. Thanks for having me, and I hold you in my heart as you go forward.