Long before the pandemic was ever a part of our reality, Emily and Thomas planned a perfect-for-them elopement turned intimate wedding at Ticklebelly Hill. With only their immediate families and their closest friends present and “in the know”, their small number filled the large barn with so much warmth and happiness as they gathered together to celebrate Emily and Thomas’s decision to become a married couple. You would never have known it was late October and only a few degrees outside.
I’m finally sharing some photos from Emily and Thomas’s intimate wedding, but I also thought their wedding paired perfectly with some thoughts that have been percolating in my brain about weddings.
Big or small, weddings are not frivolous.
Weddings touch on our inherent desire to gather with others for a common purpose. And, what better purpose is there than to celebrate a couple’s love and desire to build a life together. Perhaps, for those who feel that weddings are frivolous, especially during these covid times, these folks have forgotten WHY we gather, WHY we celebrate, and WHY we have weddings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We gather because there really is nothing better than having your favourite people together in one space.
We celebrate because, well could you imagine a life without celebrations. To borrow from Lucy Maude Mongomery, celebrations break up the everyday mundane and make the low periods in life much more bearable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have weddings because when two people learn how to overcome their differences, to communicate and compromise, and to love even when it’s really hard, and then choose to keep building a life together knowing that things will be better and worse, well, that my friends, is worth celebrating and having all your favourite people gathered together.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Weddings are not frivolous, they have never been. Weddings may need to look different right now, and they may never be what we knew them to be, but they will never be frivolous. One just needs to look at wedding photos like those from Emily and Thomas’s intimate wedding at Ticklebelly Hill.