Without question, I get the luxury of sharing the smallest and most meaningful moments in other people’s lives. Some may think they’re different but they’re not. The smallest moments are the most meaningful. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are in life. The small moments are the big moments!
That’s why parents make baby books.
That’s why every memory worth keeping changes a person’s voice. If you listen carefully, you can hear peaks of excitement, a trembling vulnerability, the depth of love or the longing of loss.
Memories serve us until the end, it will always be about how we felt in that moment. It’s never about what happened, what someone said or even what someone did. To put it simply, every memory worth keeping are the ones we purposely carry with us. Not all memories will survive but the ones that do evidently matter.
Yesterday doesn’t exist. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. It’s only what we carry with us that makes it real.
That’s why documenting small moments matter, why photography matters. One day we will have accumulated too many stories to tell. For some, we may lose pieces as we grow into our old age. But to see them again! Well! That alone will bring a person back and maybe, just maybe, let them experience it all over again.
Ya! I can get sappy sometimes.
But someone asked me what my favourite moments were of all my 2019 weddings. I didn’t even know where to start. Where does one start?
Every wedding is different, revealing each relationship as its own. No two people will ever have the same connection. Not ever!
When I walk through the day with my wedding couples, I’m privileged to witness their relationship and even more privileged to see them become one.
Sometimes my favourite moment on a wedding day is the anticipation of the first look, when the father gives away his daughter with tears in his eyes, when a groom falls to his knees in gratitude or when the speeches bring out the humanity in us all. Other times it’s the hilarious bridesmaids’ gifts, when T-Rex shows up, when the best man sings his ball-busting song or when the flower girl decides that taking a nap in the wedding aisle is a much better idea than spreading flower petals. Small meaningful moments, those are my favourite.
Shaila and Tariq are so phenomenal, I don’t have enough words that could possibly justify their integrity. It was such a delight to be there with them on their wedding day. I was so honoured, I’m still honoured.
The most meaningful moment for me on their wedding day was one I know I’ll never relive; standing with them on the mountain top at Lake Louise Ski Resort. The fog was so dense it created a mystical sense. A person felt like there was nowhere else to go. It reminded me of how small I am in this world. I looked across the landscape and saw monstrous mountain peaks through a sea of clouds. It was humbling!
There we were. Just us. On the top of the world.
Lake Louise Hotel & Accommodations: Lake Louise Post Hotel & Spa
Lake Louise Wedding Venue: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Lake Louise Caterer: Lake Louise Ski Resort
Calgary Wedding Videographer: Fresh Cinematography
Calgary Hair and Makeup Artist: Kristy with NV Studios and Jai Basi with The Studio
Calgary Henna Artist: Dr Shafeena Premji
Calgary Florist: Shamim Dharamshi
Couture Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav
Menswear Tuxedo: Hugo Boss