Congrats, Jennifer and John! – Bear Mountain Wedding Photographer

Do you know what my first serious high school boyfriend, random Googlers from the Internet, college friends and the real estate agent who sold Joel and me our first home have in common? They have all trusted me with their wedding memories! I was so happy to be able to be there for John and Jennifer (real estate guru extraordinaire) last weekend at the Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain.

It was a small wedding with only the couple’s nearest and dearest in attendance. The bride and groom were so happy to have found each other, to have a new happy ending (or should I say beginning?_, to celebrate with their parents, their children, their siblings and the friends who have stood by them through thick and thin.

Although I love my big weddings with all the trimmings, the fog machines and the Viennese hours and the raucous dance parties… Well, ok, actually, this dance floor was pretty wild. Someone may have broken an ankle. (I hope she’s alright!) Oh, weddings- anything can and will happen! But this wedding was special because it was all about the love these two people have found in each other.

There was a poem read during the ceremony that sums up everything they feel each other, that really touched by heart, so I am going to share it here.

“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 to be realisticto 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.”
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Warmest wishes for your happily ever after!

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