I didn't even know what Sam & Max looked like when I arrived on their wedding day. So when I got to Cherry Island (literally my favorite venue, ever. Ever ever) and met them, I was blown away. They were stunningly beautiful (like, model good looking) and had such a peace and calmness about them. A quiet kindness that I sensed immediately. I wanted to be their friend.
So it wasn't hard to see why they had so many guests, from so many different places, that traveled all the way upstate to the 1000 Islands to celebrate the two of them. They are very much loved.
Sam & Max weren't interested in the posed, cliche pictures that sometimes accompany wedding days (although they did let me steal them for a few minutes at sunset. All the praise hands!) They stressed to me that they wanted the photography to be about their guests, the candid emotions of the day, and the beauty of Casablanca.
During the ceremony, "The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer was read, and it made so much sense. I felt like it was written for them.
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes.'
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Sam & Max, thank you for letting me be a part of this day. I hope I was able to tell the story of the day as beautifully as it was. <3
Venue: Casablanca on Cherry Island
Planner/coordinator: Andrea Pfeiffer
Hair: Renee Shockley
Makeup: Esthetics by Megan Bristol
Florals: Florals & Events by Vinnie
Cake: Sweets Lorraine
Catering: The Clipper Inn
Vintage Rentals: Pretty Little Vintage Company
Table Rentals: Petunia Rose
Linens & Tent: Party Rentals
DJ: Pete Souch
Second Shooter: Theyzi Clark Photography