We are certainly in weird, difficult times.

None of us ever thought we would have to figure out social distancing, toilet paper shortages, or postponed celebrations. We may have taken for granted the strength and comfort of family, friends, community, all the things and people that we now yearn for.

However, we are strong, and we will come out of this together. Despite the distance that separates us, we are here for each other and our love will outlast the hardships and tragedies that now beleaguer our communities. Remember, this too shall pass. Actually, we do have a lot to be thankful for, something I am acutely aware of now. Maybe, with less hustle and bustle and more silence, we can take a moment to reflect on the people in our lives for whom we are grateful.

Personally, I am super thankful for family Zoom trivia nights, for coworkers who reach out with support, for my students who are bravely facing our situation with humor and determination, and of course, for Adriana. We are actually trying to plan our own wedding, which is sometimes difficult to think about when uncertainty surrounds us. But, it is also a light at the end of the tunnel, something to work for and hope for every day, and something that is a testament of our love. Something that we hope to share with friends and family in the near future.

Weddings are, at their very core, a celebration of love. Yes, there are a lot of details to iron out, a lot of venues to virtually tour, but something magical happens when two people come together to say "I do" with their loved ones as witnesses. This one day and its celebrations will be remembered forever, because it truly is one of our greatest blessings to have found the one person who is our life-partner and soul mate. A new family is created on the wedding day, one that is an extension of the larger families on both sides. A wedding brings people together in a pure celebration of all that is good and holy in this world.

As a wedding photographer, I am blessed to experience this day over and over again with the couples I work with. I always say I am honored to document their special day, and I am acutely aware that these are memories that will live on as a testament to their love and their family for years to come. I cannot wait to continue in this work but, for now, I have some special memories to help me remember the human connections and love professed in previous wedding days. The pictures I chose to share in this post are pictures that probably would not have been posted, but that are powerful to me because they are genuine, and full of hope, humor, family, and blessings. I hope that you can enjoy and take a small amount of comfort from them, while also finding the hopes and blessings in your own life.

Be well, and see you soon!

Photo credit to Jason Langley Photography on the last two pictures, which are from our engagement. He did such a beautiful job, we can't thank him enough!