God help me, I love photography. This photo from Crooked Willow Event Center, which is super beautiful and everyone should get married there, made me well up with tears the longer I looked at it. And I love that the most beautiful part of this photo to me isn’t the happy people lit up by sparklers, overjoyed at the wedding of their dear friends and rejoicing that they’re off for that bless-ed honeymoon. What really caught my eye and my heart is the embrace on the right–off in the shadows, one sister to the other. One in wedding gown, the other in bridesmaid dress. Feeling the joy of having a brother in the family now and that big sister met the man of her dreams, but also feeling the pang of sadness at knowing things will change. They always do. They must. And we grieve and move on. But this photo to me is the story of sisters caught in a moment, suspended between the present and future, clinging on to one last moment of the way things were.
I love photography because it allows me to capture rare moments in the human experience. There’s nothing more human than change or joy or grief, and this photo speaks to me about all of those things. It also speaks to me about the special nature of the sister-lationship, and this quote by Toni Morrison about how sisters relate made me think of these two:
“Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.”
Happy Friday, y’all. Thanks for reading.