There’s a funny little irony within an engagement that people often overlook. “Engaged” is a season, a short-lived one at that, one that occupies merely an average several months to a year’s worth of calendar existence. It’s so wrought with change and decision, traced along the edge of a beautiful forever — and so many people forget to savor it. We fix our eyes on the horizon that is “the big day,” the day we usher in a new and beautiful chapter and, though new and beautiful it may be, we allow that hustle, that distracted attention, to hurry us past the perfect bliss and excited anticipation of now. And then you blink. And then it’s gone.
Now, don’t get me wrong: marriage is beautiful — marriage is, indeed, the whole goal of getting engaged in the first place. I’m not asking you to not look forward to it. On the contrary, I’m asking you to live fully in the joy of that prospect, feel its every elation, dance in the wilds of that bliss — for however long your blessings see fit to give it to you.
Savor the season. Truly, truly live in it — in all it’s quiet, thundering loveliness…
You’ll thank yourself for it.
“Blooms come late up here in Alaska; just a few beautiful days each June before they are gone. This year we wanted to capture that delicate time of year when everything is colorful and alive. While our summer is especially fleeting, I think we all feel that sense of sorrow to see it rushing to an end. Together with a lovely group of vendors, we put this together to hold onto summer a little longer.”
photographer, stylist, planner, and designer: Sara Olivia / venue: Fire Apple Orchard and Gardens / floral designer: Petals and Paper Flowers / dress boutique: Bateau Bridal Boutique / dress designer: Ti Adora / men’s formalwear: H&M / rentals: Wild Poppy Rentals / earrings: Hushed Commotion / tiara: Ellen Henderson Designs / calligraphy: Cool People Designs / models: Ruby Acord and Ian Zwink / film lab: The Find Lab